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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Anxiety Attack

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced anxiety attack. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Panic Disorder

    Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror without true danger. One may feel as if they are losing control or have physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart.

    Chronic with relapses

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, stomach bloating, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with panic disorder:
    anxiety
    Symptoms that never occur with panic disorder:
    agoraphobia
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Panic or Anxiety Attack(s)

    Panic or anxiety attacks are sudden feelings of intense fear or stress without true danger. Symptoms usually peak and then decrease within minutes. One may feel as if they are losing control or have physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart. A panic attack can be a very scary experience and should be taken seriously.

    Depending on recurrence

    Rarity:
    Common
    Symptoms that always occur with panic or anxiety attack(s):
    anxiety or anxiety/panic attacks
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Gad)

    Anxiety is a common emotion from time to time; however, persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worrying are signs of generalized anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder is diagnosed when a person worries more days than not for at least six months and has symptoms like fatigue, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.

    With long-term care, symptoms can be controlled with talk therapy, medication, and self-care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, trouble sleeping, general anxiety (stress), irritability, nausea
    Symptoms that always occur with generalized anxiety disorder (gad):
    general anxiety (stress)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Acute Stress Disorder

    Acute stress disorder describes changes in one's mood or memory for less than a month following an emotional or traumatic event.

    Acute stress disorder generally lasts days to 1 month.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, anxiety, irritability, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating
    Symptoms that always occur with acute stress disorder:
    impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Post - Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd)

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops as a reaction of trauma. One can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, sexual assault, physical abuse, or a bad accident. PTSD causes stress and fear after the danger is over.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    psychological or physiological distress
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

FAQs About Anxiety Attack

Here are some frequently asked questions about anxiety attack.

What can trigger an anxiety attack?

Anxiety attacks are triggered by a variety of things that generally fall into the category of life stresses. These can be anything from fear of social situations to worries about work or interpersonal relationships. Anything that adds to daily stress can trigger the biological and mental processes that initiate a panic attack.

Can you die from having a panic attack?

Generally, no. Panic attacks are not fatal. They can be dangerous if they happen during a moment where a person can harm themselves or someone else (e.g. operating a vehicle, walking across the street) or if the body is unable to handle the increased arousal from the panic attack. A heart attack (myocardial infarction) caused by increased heart rate in an individual with severe cardiovascular disease may result in death. However, these circumstances are very rare.

What causes anxiety attacks for no reason?

Most anxiety attacks are triggered by an errant thought, emotion, or exposure. It can be challenging for patients to discover their trigger, and for other patients, it may be obvious. A counseling session with a psychologist or psychiatrist may be helpful in discovering a trigger. Additionally, diseases that cause unforeseen increased arousal can cause panic attacks. Diseases that increase heart rate or drop blood pressure suddenly may also trigger a panic attack.

Why do I only have anxiety attacks at night?

It is not known what causes nocturnal anxiety attacks. They can, however, be a sign of a more comprehensive sleep disorder. If they persist, they should be discussed with a medical professional. It should be noted, however, that anxiety attacks at night are different from night terrors in which an individual experiences a fear-inducing dream state and may sleep walk or even act out elements of his or her dream.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Anxiety Attack

  • Q.Are your symptoms causing difficulty at work, socializing, or spending time with friends & family?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with a psychiatric issue, such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorder?
  • Q.Are there specific situations that cause your anxiety, or does it seem that almost anything will make you anxious?
  • Q.Are you feeling irritable (easily made upset)?

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Anxiety Attack Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced anxiety attack have also experienced:

    • 4% Fatigue
    • 3% Anxiety
    • 3% Tremor
  • People who have experienced anxiety attack were most often matched with:

    • 40% Panic or Anxiety Attack(s)
    • 30% Panic Disorder
    • 30% Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Gad)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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