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How long does Anxiety Attack Last? Press through, hang on! And then it's over.

Janco
Janco

My anxiety attacks felt like ...HOURS!!

I overcame them, but now my daughter is struggling with them.

So how long do they last?

Google says from 5 -20 minutes, but the "stress" or "side effects" can still linger in your mind. Some people also reported 2 hours.

But if you know they are going to end and keep that in mind, it at least gives you hope!

HOPE is very important!

Any thoughts on how long they last?

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Hidden
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They can last up to 30 minutes or 5 hours They can be constant throughout the day you can get them several times sometimes lasting over an hour each time

HearYou
HearYou in reply to Hidden

Hello. You write panic attacks can last 5 hours? Please let me know which study, organization, i.e. discovered and documented that. I never knew they could last that long.

Hidden
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Well when you are chronic anxiety disorder they can last all day and they can be triggered at any time when you’re not even stressed and it happens to me all day every day and they do last a very long time

HearYou
HearYou in reply to Hidden

Thank you, so this is a personal experience, not from any research. Ok. I'm going through medication adjustments with my PTSD, which is basically anxiety with nightmares, depression, and sometimes anger. For my anxiety and nightmares, the neuropsychiatrists are trying the medication used to treat soldiers with PTSD.

I don't want to go to bed at night because my anxiety is high and I don't want the nightmares if I sleep. So I go 2 days or so without going to bed on purpose due to the anxiety.

HearYou
HearYou in reply to Hidden

I don't have a copy of DMS5, is chronic anxiety disorder listed in it as a psychiatric disorder, or is it basically anxiety that just never goes away and is treated differently than the anxiety of my PTSD?

I have violent nightmares nearly every night from the anxiety part of my PTSD.

Does your anxiety create nightmares for you?

Janco
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HearYou

Janco
Janco in reply to Janco

HearYou

No, my anxiety never created nightmares, but it did cause lots of difficulty in falling asleep because it was directly related to a heart condition (AFIB) that I had.

10 minutes, 20, 10 seconds back to back ones can be short but go on for an hour if your body doesnt calm down its gonna go on for awhile just sit back breathe in deep breathes and youll begin to calm down they really vary in length of time and amount you get in one day so im gonna say they vary person from person

Hidden
Hidden

It tends to vary for me personally can be a few minutes other times well over an hour. Then it takes me over double the time to get over it after some time reflecting

Hidden
Hidden in reply to Hidden

I have my anxiety on and off all day every day but you just have to live with it I suffer from chronic anxiety disorder I don’t know what triggers my anxiety he just happens Without a warning shame I gotta live like this but that’s life

Hidden
Hidden

Well when you are chronic anxiety disorder they can last all day and they can be triggered at any time when you’re not even stressed and it happens to me all day every day and they do last a very long time

Thx for the comments.

On verywell.com/anxiety-attack... it says there is a difference between panic and anxiety attacks, but the symptoms are very similar.

In short: Panic attacks: Symptoms are sudden and extremely intense, - out of the blue -, peak at 10 minutes, but one attack can go into the next one.

Anxiety attack: Intensifies over a period, is highly correlated to excessive worry about a potential "danger" and may be persistent over a long time.

One must just keep on breathing good deep breaths and know there is hope!

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