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How frequent are anxiety attacks usually?

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Last Updated: 02/25/2022 at 10:19pm
How frequent are anxiety attacks usually?
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July 7th, 2016 2:39pm
For me anxiety (panic) attacks seem to come in groups. I will have 3 to 10 per week for several weeks and then for months at a time they become quite infrequent....maybe 1 per month. I have yet to figure out any rhyme nor reason for them, for the frequency in which they come or any actual cause. The severity of the attacks also changes without a known cause; ranging from simple nervous shaking, to a full -blown attack with symptoms such as debilitating shakes, unclear thinking, overwhelming chest pains and shortness of breath and overwhelming racing thoughts; and worst of all thinking that I may be dying....over and over again. My heart goes out to anyone who has matter how mild or severe. That is the main reason I became a listener here - because with 25+ years with panic disorder I can fully empathize and can offer some solutions that have helped me ease them. Blessings to all - especially those suffering with this condition.
July 9th, 2016 12:25am
It can feel childish after the fact, but covering my face is my #1 reaction. Taking away all outside stimulation like that can allow me to focus on breathing and grounding myself. I recite my name, my age, where I am, what year it is, and continue onto affirmations from there.
August 18th, 2016 11:19am
It depends on your own, personal anxiety records and sometimes it depends on why you do have anxiety.
November 9th, 2016 1:17pm
Everyone's anxiety is different. It also depends on the type of anxiety. If its constant and major, possible everyday unfortunately. But if its mild, it should only happen once in a while. Remember to try breathe slowly and think it will be okay! :)
February 22nd, 2018 11:38pm
This can depend on one's personal experience, as well as the things that may trigger anxiety attacks. This also depends on how long an attack lasts. Every situation is different; some people may experience anxiety attacks of different magnitudes and durations every week, whereas others may go years between attacks. The important thing is to learn how to recognize and manage anxiety attacks.
June 14th, 2018 2:23pm
Anxiety attacks can be as frequently as everyday. This is not the usual case. It ranges from person to person. Usually this might be from once a week to a month.
June 29th, 2016 6:08am
It depends on who you are! If you're more frequent to getting them, it could happen multiple times a day! If not, I usually get them about once a week
May 26th, 2018 3:20am
There is absolutely no rule for that. My therapist used to say you cant push people into some kind of pattern and I totally agree with this. Every case is different and individual. You might have serveral attacks a day or a week but others might also just have them a few times a year or even in their whole life. Whatever it is how it is and probably also depends on what causes them and you might be able to work on them and make them occure less frequently.
May 26th, 2018 8:14pm
They can vary from person and depend on the situation too. If you are having them often they should not be ignored.
December 31st, 2020 1:37am
It is important to make very clear that EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT. Your experience and frequency of your anxiety attacks will be completely distinct from somebody else; some may experience them almost daily, others battle them only at certain point of the week/month. It can either last between a few minutes or up to an hour, depending on the individual and the mildness/severity of their anxiety or panic disorder. You should try and avoid comparing your case to others, because anxiety symptoms can occur for a variety of reasons. For more information on how to cope with your symptoms, you can visit our guides on anxiety (, panic attacks (, or other conditions which apply to you through our 7 Cups Self-Help Guides list ( Take care of yourself :)
June 17th, 2016 2:19am
It all depends on how severe your anxiety is, and what kind you have. They normally happen when you confront what you're afraid of, like large groups or certain situations.
June 24th, 2016 3:59am
It always depends. Sometimes I'm more prone to anxiety attacks, especially if I haven't slept well or exercised much or kept a stable diet. I used to experience anxiety attacks almost everyday when I wasn't exercising regularly or eating right, and going to school for something I didn't care to study and was not skilled at. It was a stressful time. Now I only experience them about one every 2 weeks and only when something very stressful happens. It's not much and very manageable.
June 25th, 2016 5:57pm
Anxiety attacks can be really frequent, or not frequent at all, it matters on the person. Anxiety is different for everyone.
June 25th, 2016 6:57pm
The frequency of anxiety attacks depend on the person and what they are going through. If they are in a high anxiety situation the attacks are usually more common.
June 25th, 2016 7:00pm
It may happen depending on the situation. For example, if you are stressed and nervous, that's more than enough to trigger it, or maybe when you remember something from the past that hurt a lot... It's difficult to control anxiety, because it's like a bear... It sleeps for some time, only to come back stronger than ever. If someone feels like that, please try to relax in order to calm down. n_n
June 26th, 2016 3:32pm
My anxiety attacks are frequent like when I'm out in public and I feel like people are staring at me, or like if things start going down hill at my house, or if things I was expecting to go right end up going wrong
June 28th, 2016 11:04pm
An anxiety attack has not a determinated frequency, it occurs when you get in a situation of panic or stress.
June 29th, 2016 6:06pm
How frequent a person has an anxiety attack depends on them. They can happen once a month, or 5 times in a day. It really depends on what triggers the attacks, and how easily the person gets overwhelmed. No matter how many a person has though, it is nothing to be ashamed of!
June 30th, 2016 12:10am
It varies a lot depending on the person. It can change from day to day. Anxiety attacks are sometimes triggered by events or happen without any reason.
June 30th, 2016 4:19pm
Anxiety is different for everyone and there are also different triggers for everyone. The range is so wide, but its all about figuring out what your own triggers are.
June 30th, 2016 10:30pm
it depends on the person. everyone has a different experience and different triggers. it may change depending on their stress levels or the situation they are in
July 2nd, 2016 9:36am
It can often vary on how anxious you are that day, there isn't a number placed on how frequesnt they are because i know people who get them every month yet i get the 3 or 4 times a day at least. however the more you learn to control anxiety the less frequent they can become
July 3rd, 2016 12:03am
It's different for everyone. Sometimes it can be daily, monthly, every few months, or even farther apart.
July 3rd, 2016 10:35am
The frequent amount of Anxiety attacks depends on the person for me I get them when I'm surrounded by people of have a major presentation to do
July 3rd, 2016 10:01pm
The frequency of anxiety attacks depends on the person. Everyone has a different amount of anxiety attacks. There's no set amount of anxiety attacks you should expect.
July 7th, 2016 9:41am
They are however frequent as one is exposed to the triggers that cause their anxiety. There's no specific number to put to their frequency as every person who experiences them are different
July 9th, 2016 3:12am
It truly depends on the person. In some, Anxiety attacks occur as often as once every hour while for some others, it only occurs once every two days or so.
July 10th, 2016 5:32am
Not many people have a set frequency for their panic attacks, as they are rather random. Some people have them once a month; some once a day; some once a year; some once an hour -- it can be any frequency, depending on triggers, management, and the use of prescription adn non-prescription medication. Some medication, prescribed or not, can cause anxiety to increase, nearing you to an attack. Some people even with the same triggers can have different frequencies. Some people might swim every day and have na attack because they're convinced they'll drown. Another may never experience an attack from that particular trigger because they never have swam. It varies greatly from person-to-person. If you believe you're having them too frequently or find them interfering with daily life, perhaps it would be helpful to consult with a psychologist. Even if you've only had one, perhaps consulting with someone would either help to not have further attacks or to at the very least manage further attacks better. Best of luck to you!
July 12th, 2016 12:37am
I have them around 5 times a day. There's no set amount. But if they're frequent you should seek help.
July 13th, 2016 3:03am
It depends on the person you can't pick a number of anciety attacks for everyone on the planet, everyone is they're own person.