What Does Having An Anxiety Attack Feel Like – A First Hand Account

If you're wondering what having an anxiety attack feels like, then you've either just had one or you're interested in finding out more on someone else's behalf.

Either way, I hope the following article will give you a better insight into the truly uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety.

If you've read my other post, you would have come across the courageousness of Casey Throwaway who filmed himself after having an anxiety attack.

You can see how much anguish he's in from the first video. With tears running down his face, he's able to describe how he's feeling - “My brain is on fire, right now. I feel like I’m going to pass out, my emotions are crazy, obviously. I’m having crazy thoughts in my head".

Stress and anxiety affect both the body and mind. When you feel anxious, stress hormones are being pumped into your system. Cortisol being the most well known.

Adrenaline is also pumped into your body which can lead to feelings of being light-headed or dizzy. Energy is diverted to your muscles and brain in preparation to fight off any perceived threat.

Your blood pressure increases, your heart feels as if it's pounding through your chest and your liver releases more glucose into your blood and these are just the physical responses to stress and anxiety.

In terms of the psychological effects, it can feel as if you have no control over your thoughts as your mind races and locks onto every negative assumption. The obsessional part of your brain takes over and it becomes difficult to see the wood for the trees.

It's lovely to see how supportive most people were in response to Casey's first video and he's actually posted a follow up video which you can watch below.

It takes a lot of courage to place yourself in front of hundreds, if not thousands of strangers, particularly when you're in such a vulnerable state.

You can see his follow up video here...


Buzzfeed have also taken up Casey's story which you can find below.

This Man Tearfully Recorded Himself After A Panic Attack To Spread Awareness

Casey Throwaway filming himself after an anxiety attack

Toward the tail end of his panic attack, Casey picked up the camera and started filming himself. He said, “I wanted to see if there were other people who felt like I did, and I took the risk of putting a video of me basically crying on the internet.”

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If you're suffering from anxiety too, then take some courage from knowing you can overcome it.

I've done a review of a program called Panic Away which you can read here.

Anxiety is a normal human experience and surplus anxiety can be treated. You can learn how to live an enjoyable life again waking up each day feeling calmer and more relaxed, so hang in there!



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