No, although anxiety and fear arouse similar symptoms in your body, they are distinctly different. Anxiety is focused on events that have not happened yet, whether it be in the immediate future or in the near future. Fear is focused on events that are currently happening and that necessitate a response.
No, the word “anxiety attack” is a misnomer, because it is often used interchangeably with the word “panic attack”. A panic attack is a sudden onset of intense and acute physiological arousal with shaking, fast heartbeats, sweating, and other common symptoms. Fear is the characteristic emotion. Anxiety, not anxiety attack, is a continuous feeling of […]
The amygdala triggers spontaneous “breathing pauses” as a response to an anxiety-provoking situation, but they don’t normally trigger panic attacks. However people with hypersensitivity to Co2 changes (such as panic disorder patients) tend to experience panic attacks when those pauses occur more frequently.