Anxiety Attack Compared to Panic Attack

Panic attacks and anxiety attacks are not the same thing. They are unalike conditions. Read on to learn more about the differences between panic attacks and anxiety.

Anxiety Attack

An anxiety attack is a severe and/or long period of worry. This feeling of worrying is more intense compared to the simple feeling of anxiety and less intense compared to a panic attack. It can last wherever from minutes to hours, even days and weeks.

Most people experience worry after terrible or hazardous experiences, but once the worry grow to be very severe that it destroys your life and happens on a habitual basis, you are more at risk to suffering from an anxiety attack.

Anxiety usually derives from the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for scheduling and expectation. It occurs once the prefrontal cortex goes into overdrive and grows to be too defensive.


  1.     Dizziness
  2.     Nausea/vomiting
  3.     Shaking
  4.     Chills
  5.     Sweating
  6.     Shortness of breath
  7.     Muscle tension
  8.     Sleep troubles
  9.     Stomach pain
  10.     Chest hurting
  11.     Heart beating
  12.     Terrorized feeling
  13.      Restlessness

Panic Attack

Panic Attack comes unexpectedly and with no warning, and without cause. It is likely to be for short period – around 10 minutes compared to anxiety attack that lasts for 30 minutes.

Furthermore, most people who have panic attacks think there is an immediate threat to themselves. Panic attack derives from the autonomic nervous system and the amygdala, the fright center of the brain.


  1. Racing or pounding heartbeat
  2. Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
  3. Trembling
  4. Chest pressure or pain
  5. Burning skin
  6.  Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
  7.  Sense of fear, or imminent doom or death
  8. Feeling sweaty or having chills
  9. Breathing difficulties
  10. Feeling a loss of control
  11. Feeling like the world around you isn’t real or you aren’t real
  12. Feeling smothered

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