Stress is not the same as a sudden panic attack, according to Marla Ahlgrimm.
Q: What is a panic attack and how can I know the difference between that and stress?
Marla Ahlgrimm: While it’s possible that a panic attack is related to stress, a true attack is a sudden episode of concentrated fear that can last from just a few minutes to almost half an hour. Unlike sudden bursts of stress, someone experiencing a panic attack has more difficulty processing logical thoughts to calm down.
Q: What are the stages of a panic attack?
Marla Ahlgrimm: A panic attack usually plays out in three stages. First, without warning, an outside trigger will send an alarm to your brain that indicates something is wrong. Once the brain processes these feelings, the body chimes in with a physiologic response. These range from sweating and shaking to stomach discomfort and vertigo. The attack pinnacles with more severe physical and psychological responses. Continue reading