What is an anxiety attack?
Since anxiety can be experienced in a wide range of degrees - from slight to maximum - an anxiety attack is simply an episode of high degree anxiety that is accompanied by a high degree stress response. These high degrees make anxiety attacks seem like powerful experiences. Experiencing high degree fear and stress responses are some of the most powerful physiological, psychological, and emotional experiences the body can experience. It’s no wonder anxiety attacks can feel so strong and can produce so many anxiety attack symptoms.
Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are the same thing.
As we mentioned previously, the degree of anxiety is directly proportional to the degree that we think we are in danger. And the degree of stress response is directly proportional to the degree of anxiety.
So, once again, an anxiety attack is merely an episode of high degree anxiety that is accompanied by a high degree stress response and resulting sensations and symptoms.
For more information about anxiety attacks, see our anxiety attacks page.
For more information about stopping panic attacks, see our '10 Best Ways to Stop Anxiety Attacks.'
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 2016.