I'm trying to figure out if i'm having panic attacks or anxiety attacks? There are times I really frustrated or upset and then something little will set me off and i'll start crying and can't stop and last time this happened I cried for over an hour. And when I cry so much that i'll make myself cough. I'll also have pain on the lower sides of my stomach a little above my hip bones and sometimes the pain will be in the middle of my chest kind of the middle area as well as around my ribs on the upper sides under my armpits. Any ideas what this could be?
Panic Attack or Anxiety Attack? - Anxiety and Depre...
Sounds like anxiety. Panic, or a panic attack usually peaks and subsides, is extremely frightening and there are multiple physical symptoms. Anxiety or feelings of being anxious does cause physical sensations too, like you describe. Breathing properly is so important, something we take for granted. Both states are really unpleasant, the good news is that even a severe panic attack does no longterm physical harm. You say that you become frustrated and cry. Can you talk about it? It may help.
Because I already had been frustrated then something just made me that much more frustrated and that's when I went into my room, slammed my door, almost threw everything off my desk, and started crying. And when I was crying I was crying so hard that I kept making myself cough and couldn't stop and I kept crying for an hour.
I agree. I’ve had a few panic attacks. They are very scary and your body real does feel things that make you feel like you are dying. Chest pain, dizziness etc. I was finally able to recognize when they were starting. It’s not easy at first, but I would just remind myself what was happening. That I wasn’t dying. Over time, I am able to keep them at bay.
What I really still struggle with is what you call anxiety attacks. I get it! It’s not so much “physical” symptoms but for me just overwhelming feeling of fear.