Anxiety versus panic attacks.

Anxiety. We all know this feeling, right? We all experienced it. In this or that situation. On this or that level. The state of high nervousness when heart beats like crazy, knees and hands are shaking, you feel like billion thoughts bomb your mind at the speed of light... when something big, important or scary is about to happen or is already happening. And now imagine getting this level of anxiety on casual basis - when you walk down the street, stand in front of biscuits stand or wake up in the middle of the night - this feeling of worry inside.


As a friend of mine said, we all worry about so many things in our daily lives... how is it even possible to worry more? In fact, it's possible. Anxiety can be triggered by a little tiny worry, thought or moment. And next you find yourself not being able to keep up with that billion of literally trifling thoughts or concentrate on one of them. You just wish you had that real button to switch your mind off. But you don't have it. Well, the shittiest thing, as for me, with anxiety it doesn't necessarily happen according to patterns, like certain places, situations and so on.


While with panic attacks it's somehow different. I mean panic attacks are way stronger and chances to experience it in similar situations is pretty high. I still remember one of those strongest and obnoxious panic attacks I probably ever had. It was past spring and another Riga Fashion Week session. I was sitting there, show was about to start, lights went down and in a moment it went on again and it hit me. The panic attack. Models were walking down the runway and I just had this feeling I'm about to explode. I thought I was about to explode. 


In reality I was just sitting there with the main thought 'fight or run'. I was eager to just run out but I was totally paralyzed... and then it just stopped leaving me freaking exhausted. I don't think it can even be described with words. Well, it wasn't way the fist time I experienced a panic attack during a fashion show. But it was way the most severe one. After it happened I actually stopped attending all sort of fashion shows. Right, if you ever experienced a single panic attack in your life, then you know that going away from such patterns is quite natural...


Photo: T. Egorova


Anxiety versus panic attacks.

Anxiety. We all know this feeling, right? We all experienced it. In this or that situation. On this or that level. The state of high nervousness when heart beats like crazy, knees and hands are shaking, you feel like billion thoughts bomb your mind at the speed of light... when something big, important or scary is about to happen or is already happening. And now imagine getting this level of anxiety on casual basis - when you walk down the street, stand in front of biscuits stand or wake up in the middle of the night - this feeling of worry inside.


As a friend of mine said, we all worry about so many things in our daily lives... how is it even possible to worry more? In fact, it's possible. Anxiety can be triggered by a little tiny worry, thought or moment. And next you find yourself not being able to keep up with that billion of literally trifling thoughts or concentrate on one of them. You just wish you had that real button to switch your mind off. But you don't have it. Well, the shittiest thing, as for me, with anxiety it doesn't necessarily happen according to patterns, like certain places, situations and so on.


While with panic attacks it's somehow different. I mean panic attacks are way stronger and chances to experience it in similar situations is pretty high. I still remember one of those strongest and obnoxious panic attacks I probably ever had. It was past spring and another Riga Fashion Week session. I was sitting there, show was about to start, lights went down and in a moment it went on again and it hit me. The panic attack. Models were walking down the runway and I just had this feeling I'm about to explode. I thought I was about to explode. 


In reality I was just sitting there with the main thought 'fight or run'. I was eager to just run out but I was totally paralyzed... and then it just stopped leaving me freaking exhausted. I don't think it can even be described with words. Well, it wasn't way the fist time I experienced a panic attack during a fashion show. But it was way the most severe one. After it happened I actually stopped attending all sort of fashion shows. Right, if you ever experienced a single panic attack in your life, then you know that going away from such patterns is quite natural...


Photo: T. Egorova

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