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Treating anxiety attack

An anxiety attack, also called a panic attack, can cause sudden and intense physical (heart palpitations) and emotional (fear of dying) reactions. You may be able to manage your anxiety attack at home if you have had them before and have strategies that help reduce your anxiety.

Strategies include slow and controlled breathing, reducing stimulation around you, and getting support from someone who can help you feel safe.

A panic attack can be very frightening. Some people feel like they’re having  a heart attack or going to die. If you think your symptoms may be life threatening, go to the ER or call 911. If you have had panic attacks before but this one seems different, go to the ER.

How to treat recurring anxiety attacks

  • It’s important to talk to a healthcare provider or therapist if you have an anxiety attack. They can help you understand what triggers your anxiety, and create a treatment plan if it happens again.
  • Some people may be helped by a prescription anti-anxiety medication.
  • A provider can also check for any conditions that might have similar symptoms, such as a heart or lung condition, anxiety or depression, or substance use.
  • It’s common to have a panic attack “hangover,” which are continuing feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, fatigued, or numb. A therapist can help you deal with these lingering emotions.

Medical tests & labs

There is no specific test to diagnose an anxiety attack. Some testing may be helpful to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms. These may include blood tests, an EKG/ECG (electrocardiogram) to rule out a heart condition, or a spirometry test to detect a respiratory problem like asthma.

A mental health professional may use a questionnaire or survey to screen for specific anxiety symptoms.

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