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Old 04-29-2005, 03:33 PM   #1
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Different symptoms in different situations?

This is kind of unusual, but has anyone ever noticed that there anxiety/panic attacks feel different or have different symptoms in different situations? For example, I had to make a phone call yesterday that I was really nervous about making and my heart starting pounding really fast and I started breathing really heavily. However, when I need to go some place that I'm nervous about going to, my symptoms are nothing like that...I usually experience something that feels more like a faint spell and I get really irritable. They are completely different symptoms for different situations, but I'm wondering why or how this is even possible. Aren't the symptoms generally the same most of the time? I'm wondering if the faint spells I feel are really even anxiety or panic related. What do you think?

 
Old 04-29-2005, 09:33 PM   #2
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Re: Different symptoms in different situations?

Completely normal, just know that.
there are alot of symptoms...hmmm ok i will list them all with how they are associated in parenthases:

HEART SYMPTOMS

* racing or rapid heart beat (flight and flight response)
* heart palpitations (flight and flight response)
* 'missed' heart beats (flight and flight response)
* pounding heart (flight and flight response)

BREATHING SYMPTOMS

* breathing difficulties (can be a result of swallowing air, chest pain through tension or hyperventilation)
* choking sensation (tension)
* hyperventilation (flight and flight response)
* feel as if can't take another breath (can be a result of swallowing air, chest pain through tension or hyperventilation)
* tightening of the throat (tension)

PAIN SYMPTOMS

* chest pain (tension)
* headaches (tension)
* neck aches (tension)
* lower back pain (tension)
* sciatica (tension)
* muscle pain (tension)
* aching jaw (tension)
* clenching fists (tension)
* chronic temporary pain (tension)

STOMACH / ABDOMINAL SYMPTOMS

* nausea (flight and flight response or caused by not eating)
* loss of appetite (effects of anxiety disorder)
* churning stomach (flight and flight response)
* burning stomach (flight and flight response or caused by not eating)
* indigestion (flight and flight response)
* abdominal pain (tension or caused by not eating)
* digestive problems (flight and flight response or caused by not eating)

ASSOCIATED ANXIETY SYMPTOMS

* hot and cold flashes (flight and flight response)
* flushing face (flight and flight response)
* shaking/ trembling (flight and flight response)
* excessive perspiration (flight and flight response)
* sweating hands (flight and flight response)
* dizziness (either Fight and flight, hyperventilation or dissociation)
* giddiness (either Fight and flight, hyperventilation or dissociation)
* feeling lightheaded or faint (either Fight and flight, hyperventilation or dissociation or caused by not eating)
* pins and needles (flight and flight response)
* diarrhoea (flight and flight response)
* loss of bladder control (flight and flight response)
* grinding teeth (tension)
* sleeping difficulties (can be a result of overactive thinking, worry, nocturnal panic attacks or taking sleeping medication (wake after a few hours and then can't get back to sleep)
* night sweats (flight and flight response)
* lack of concentration (effects of anxiety disorder)
* extreme exhaustion (effects of anxiety disorder)
* loss of feelings (effects of anxiety disorder)
* localised pressure (flight and flight response)
* loss of libido (effects of anxiety disorder)
* appetite swings (effects of anxiety disorder)
* numbness of hands or feet
* unexplainable rashes

DISSOCIATIVE SYMPTOMS

* detached from the body (dissociative symptoms)
* feeling as if you and/or surroundings are not real (dissociative symptoms)
* as if looking through a white or grey mist (dissociative symptoms)
* sensitivity to light and sound (dissociative symptoms)
* tunnel vision (dissociative symptoms)
* stationary objects appearing to move (dissociative symptoms)
* sensations of falling into a void (dissociative symptoms)
* temporary paralysis (dissociative symptoms)

MAJOR FEARS

* Having a heart attack and/or
* Going to die
* Brain tumour
* Going insane
* Lose control in some way

EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS

* episodes of anger and "rage" and frustration (effects of anxiety disorder)
* deep sadness (effects of anxiety disorder)
* depression and major depression (effects of anxiety disorder)
* increased feelings of worry (effects of anxiety disorder)
* increased feelings of guilt (effects of anxiety disorder)
* feelings of emptiness (effects of anxiety disorder)
* feelings of loneliness (effects of anxiety disorder)
* feeling detached from "normal" emotional stat

There you go, of course their are some more but you can never tell sometimes.

Last edited by immortal19; 04-29-2005 at 09:35 PM.

 
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Old 05-01-2005, 04:56 AM   #3
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Re: Different symptoms in different situations?

immortal that was an absolutely fantastic post!! Thank you for posting that! Sure made me feel more normal!

But yes I get different symptoms in different situations. When making phone calls I get much the same symptoms as you do, mine would be racing heart, sweaty palms, hyperventilation, shakiness, stomach pains etc.
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Old 05-01-2005, 05:39 PM   #4
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Re: Different symptoms in different situations?

immortal...these are fascinating. what is the source(s) of it?

 
Old 05-02-2005, 01:10 AM   #5
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Re: Different symptoms in different situations?

Great post immortal, nice to know its not just me that suffers from these symptoms....makes me feel alot more sane!!

 
Old 05-02-2005, 08:30 AM   #6
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Re: Different symptoms in different situations?

Yes, immortal19, that WAS a great post. Thanks for the info...

 
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