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How frequent are anxiety attacks usually?

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How frequent are anxiety attacks usually?
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politeMagic1163
September 27th, 2019 1:44pm
I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but mine usual come about 4 out of 7 days a week, and last around an hour at the longest. My sister’s happen more frequently and they last longer. She usually has them about every other day. Her’s also tend to last around 3 hours at the longest, and the shortest ones are about an hour. It really depends on how well you can calm yourself. The first few before I knew what they were for me lasted up-toward 2 and a half hours, the first lasting until said sister mentioned before found me. I’m not sure how long that particular one lasted.
3TryBreathing3
October 3rd, 2019 8:25pm
It usually lasts from 5 to 20 minutes. But it may last even longer, up to a few hour If these attacks happen often they are called a panic disorder.
Anonymous
October 17th, 2019 7:20pm
It varies. Some people have panic attacks once every few years, some have panic attacks several times per day. At my worst I was having them almost every day, and occasionally more than once a day. At my best (after diagnosis) I was having them a few times every few months. Now, I'm having them a few times per week.
EdSAB
October 23rd, 2019 3:51pm
Frequency of anxiety attacks vary depending on many different factors which are specific or unique to an individual. For example, frequency of anxiety attacks are dependent on how severe one's anxiety it, therefore, the more severe one's anxiety is the more frequent it may be. Other factors that can affect frequency of anxiety attacks are: environmental activity, magnitude of an upcoming event, one's preferences toward an expected outcome, how well plans are being carried out, etc. Therefore, based on various factors that can contribute to how frequent one can have a anxiety attack, it can mean that some people can have anxiety attacks more frequently than others.
verilylovely
November 14th, 2019 8:19pm
Anxiety attacks, or panic attacks affect everyone differently and it is important to look at your specific circumstances and current state of mental health. Although there doesn't seem to be a timeline for how often anxiety/panic attacks occur. If you feel you are having frequent or prolonged anxiety attacks, it would be best to seek expert advice from your health care provider.
Cypris
January 3rd, 2020 1:32am
This can vary greatly from person to person. Every individual experiences anxiety differently and in a unique way, so it is impossible to give an average of how often people experience them. In lieu of this, anxiety attacks are triggered by different things for different people - usually in relation to the type of anxiety they have as well. This is why it is important to be understanding to those who feel as if they have anxiety or who claim that they've experienced an anxiety attack (or multiple of them), because there's a high chance that they're right even if what they describe isn't the usual way that anxiety attacks as perceived. Along with this, no matter the frequency of anxiety attacks, anxiety as a mental illness is serious and can be debilitating, and should be treated with care and understanding.
MissLisa
February 12th, 2020 4:09pm
How long is a piece of string? In other words there is no one correct answer. Anxiety attacks are unique to each individual and there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to anxiety attacks. What one person experiences, doesn't mean another person will experience the same. And no matter how frequent they are, does not mean they are any less frightening. Most panic attacks last between 5 to 20 minutes long but have been known to last up to one hour also. If you are concerned I would advise that you speak with your doctor or other medical professional such as a therapist.
juhannus
February 14th, 2020 1:14am
Anxiety attacks are usually generated by any situation your body and brain may find alarming. Depending on your circumstances and how severe your anxiety is, anxiety attacks can be very frequent or only happen once in a while. Everyone experiences anxiety attacks for different reasons, different triggers of these attacks may be specific to just one person. When I was younger, my anxiety largely revolved around unfamiliar situations when I was separated from my parents, but the attacks or episodes would different in severity based on the specifics of a situation. If you are just beginning to understand your anxiety, you may discover different situations that give you these attacks along the way when you least expect it. You now have a name to give this response. Of course, with learning about your needs in relation to mental health, you can also begin to develop a repertoire of coping mechanisms that work for you.
Myheavenismyhome7
March 11th, 2020 6:59pm
I have been dealing with anxiety attacks since I was a teenager. It started with things like taking tests. I would legitimately sweat and have gastrointestinal issues and tightness in my chest. Unfortunately they they thought it was all self induced and it went untreated until I was in my 20s. My anxiety attacks would come at least 3 to 4 times a day it would last between a half an hour to two hours at a time. After I was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorder and they got me on the right medications my anxiety attack attacks started decreasing slowly. With therapy and anxiety medications I would get upwards near two a day. Since I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder in 1995 with every 5 to 10 years my anxiety levels have decreased and increased at various times. For me I noticed that my anxiety attacks were far worse when I was dealing with any kind of drama or when any of my children were sick. I had breathing techniques and meditation that helped but when that didn’t work I would take my anti-anxiety medication. But sometimes I would still have up to three a day after years and years of treatment. Now after 25 years And much therapy I have learned how to meditate and decrease my attacks to 2 mild cases a day usually only having one and sometimes I can breathe through it and meditate through it and other times I need to take medication. For everyone there is a different trigger. Seeking help is the first step. Patience and mindfulness and the desire to help yourself is key. Don’t wait until they completely take over your life. Ask for help.
ReassuringRey
March 18th, 2020 6:23am
From experience, I feel like they can vary depending on the challenges faced that day. A couple years ago, I would have multiple anxiety episodes a day and they would vary in severity and impact. Others were low-key and manageable, and others felt like the world was crashing down on me and I had no place to go. To make the anxiety attacks less frequent, I would highly suggest looking into our anxiety support groups and communities and learning about the diverse ways you can help cope with them and hopefully help reduce them! From breathing techniques to types of therapy to even self-care activities, there's something for everyone!
Anonymous
March 18th, 2020 11:31pm
Every person is different. Everyone has different experiences with anxiety and anxiety attacks. Some times anxiety attacks happen every day or more and other people experience anxiety attacks only once a month, while other people experience them once or twice a week. No two people are the same and anxiety takes on many different forms and symptoms. Anxiety attacks can be very mild and go unnoticed or be more sever and be very easily spotted. I sometimes have two or three panic attacks in one day depending on the day and what is going around me. Other times I have one a couple times a week.
SoaringPhoenixButterfly
March 22nd, 2020 10:48pm
There is not one answer as to how frequent one get anxiety attacks. It varies from person to person. You first have to factor in the feeling or reason behind the anxiety attack. What was the person doing during the onset? What where they doing before? Once that is figured out you need to find out ways to help that individual cope. Give them other coping skills to get them to come back down from the anxiety attack rather that is deep breathing, or meditation. Once that is done and you figure out the cause you can find ways to combat that.
HelenaxForever
April 1st, 2020 5:19pm
Most i get anxiety in the night or when i am tired. There not real trigger, it comes and go. Of course it has everything to do with my past. But i get sometimes an anxiety attack out of nowhere. I may not complain, some have it much worse. Now with the Corona virus this dont help for the ones that have anxiety, specially if they have to stay home in quarantine. Fresh air and a walk in nature can help so much. I have the chance to live in nature so even with the quarantine going on i can have a small walk outside and meet nobody at all
peacefulforest42
April 2nd, 2020 12:04am
My anxiety attacks are infrequent. They have been slowing down as I get older. I used to have them often, as in many times a week. That was when I was living with my family, which was anxiety-producing. Now, my anxiety is maybe a few times a month at the most. Now, it's more money or safety-related. As those things intensify, my anxiety seems to respond similarly. As those things calm, my anxiety seems to quiet. The attacks come when high running anxiety is becomes out of control and spills over into my waking thoughts all of the time.
CelloandMellow
April 2nd, 2020 8:01am
It really depends on the person. Anxiety has a lot of different disorders under its belt. Some people may experience anxiety attacks as often as multiple times a day, while others will only experience one or two in their entire lifetime. For those with any anxiety disorder, the frequency of anxiety attacks is likely to be higher. Monitor the activity of anxiety attacks and find out if there are triggers that begin these attacks and also the frequency of them. If you're concerned about the frequency or intensity of an attack, discuss your concerns with a licensed professional and seek help.
Skynetme
April 10th, 2020 4:01pm
It entirely depends on a person's mental state and environment around him/her. A depressed or anxious person is more vulnerable to get anxiety attack more frequently even for a small issue. usually from few times a week on normal level to few times a day on extreme level, if they can work on their response to situation they can control it but its not that easy for a person with anxiety. if they cant control it anymore medication and therapy will definitely help them to fight anxiety. and change in environment will usually help for some people, and physical exercise has good results as wll.
HelpSumBunny
April 16th, 2020 4:10pm
The frequency of anxiety attacks varies. I've gone through times where I had several a day. Most often I would have anxiety attacks a few times per week. At one point I was lucky to only have a few per year -- and some years none at all. Currently, I am having anxiety attacks a few times per month, but not every month. Medication prescribed by your psychiatrist or primary care doctor can possibly help. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can also help. There are fee worksheets online, or you can work with a therapist (most therapists are doing video and telephone therapy right now because of CONVID-19).
Anonymous
April 24th, 2020 9:07am
I don't think there is a usual frequency, tobe honest. It mainly depends on how bad your anxiety is, and in which circumstances you are. I personally had two in two years, but a friend of mine has one a week, and my partner used to have at least one panic attack a day, some days even more. I know ost people have one or twoof them in their lives, but if you're having one every month or more frequently you should dig deeper into it. I'm not a doctor, so this is what i can say urely based on my experience, but I hope it helped. Have a good day!
omar98
April 26th, 2020 8:58pm
Well, it depends. At first, I used to have attacks once a month or so. But at some point, I started getting them on an almost weekly basis. I used to get them at night just before I sleep for some reason. And throughout the day, I'd know that I'm gonna have it. I've never understood why this happened. Each attack used to last about 10-30 minutes. Fortunately, I haven't had an anxiety attack in a long time now. I think the worst thing was trying to hide the attacks, because I don't have my own room in my house.
gabbykoala1
April 29th, 2020 6:54am
It varies from person to person, everyone gets anxious about different things and different situations trigger anxiety for different people. Some people have them everyday, others only once a year. Personally, I deal with them maybe about once a month. There are medicines and different relaxation treatments that can help you control and deal with these anxiety attacks no matter whether they occur once a year or once a day. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help controlling your anxiety. It really does vary per person and putting a number on it wouldn't be very accurate as everyone is different.
Ashley339
May 6th, 2020 4:27am
Based on my personal experience, anxiety tends to hit the worst when you’re in anxiety inducing situations. And that’s obvious of course, but what I mean by that is I’m a lot less anxious when I’m at home in bed than I am when I’m around certain people. I think they happen more frequently the more that you’re putting yourself in situations you aren’t completely comfortable with. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ever leave your comfort zone or try anything new or meet new people. It just makes it harder and it’s something you have to work on everyday.
courageousheart96
May 6th, 2020 8:16pm
Anxiety is a normal reaction to danger when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a challenging situation. But when anxiety attacks occur continuously, it can be overwhelming, terrifying and random, often for no clear, apparent reason. Anxiety attacks usually occur suddenly and without warning. Commonly, anxiety attacks last for between 5 to 30 minutes. Rarely, panic attacks can last up to an hour or more. The number of anxiety attacks will depend on the severity of the condition. Some people have anxiety attacks once or twice a month, while others have several times a day or week.
Seeker1898
June 6th, 2020 9:12am
I don’t think that there is a set frequency to anxiety attacks , but rather a pattern - in my case I get anxiety attacks when i am more stressed than normal, such as a deadline or when I am dealing with an unusual family situation which I cannot control. But in hindsight one would say that they are frequent under those circumstances the anxiety attacks are pretty frequent since one can be In a state of stress or anxiety for quiet a long period thereby creating the conditions resulting in the anxiety attacks. That being said each case is different as it is set off by different triggers causing the anxiety attacks, whether it be due to depression or some other underlying cause.
fosteringhope
June 26th, 2020 4:38am
It is different for different people, as unhelpful as that might sound. Some folks will go their whole lives without having a single anxiety attack, but some folks have multiple anxiety attacks per day. It is different from person to person and is often dependent on things like genetics, brain chemistry, etc. I wish I could tell you “the normal amount is x anxiety attacks,” but that wouldn’t be true. The truth is that everyone is different, and all we can do is try to understand ourselves and what is usual for us as individuals. Take care and be well! And please always feel free to reach out.
Anonymous
July 8th, 2020 4:19am
Panic attacks vary an frequency. For some people they happen daily, and for some people they happen once every couple months/years/weeks/days. It just depends on the person. For me personally, they often happen sporadically and not super often. They can be triggered by something or nothing. So if you ever feel yourself starting to feel like you are about to have a panic attack, it’s important to step back, do a grounding technique, and try to focus your breathing. More often than not, trying to ground yourself before the panic attack can help it not be as bad, or not as strong/difficult.
JessHobson
August 1st, 2020 3:44pm
This varies for everyone! Some people will never have one, some people get them rarely, but some people with anxiety and other related conditions (such as panic disorder) can get them much more frequently! There is usually a trigger, but this can't always be identified - so don't worry if you can't always tell what is causing these. Panic attacks can be managed with breathing exercises, relaxation, distraction techniques, various types of therapy (such as CBT) and most importantly - talking about them! There are listeners here on 7 Cups 24/7 to talk if you wish to do so.
Anonymous
August 7th, 2020 4:00pm
Anxiety attacks can vary from person to person, the symptoms and the time taken to come back from it. Typically, anxiety attacks peak at the ten minute mark and they will continue to for around 20 more minutes sometimes more,. Usually anxiety attacks end within an hour. The frequency varies from person to person and the amount of anxiety this person may be dealing with. If someone feels themselves in situations that cause more of a fight or flight response, they will find themselves suffering with more anxiety attacks. They stem from stress, worry, and fear so anytime one of these emotions is triggered, an anxiety attack may also be triggered.
Anonymous
August 22nd, 2020 8:02pm
The number of attacks you have is based upon how severe your condition is. Some have attacks once or twice a month, while others have them serveral times a week. At first attacks come "out of the blue" but over time a person may come to expect them in certain situations. If a person begins to avoid these situations due to fear of a panic attack they may also have agoraphobia. Sime people suffer with panic attacks on a daily or weekly basis. Some symptoms of anxiety attacks are feeling of lossing control or going crazy, chest pain, feelings of passing out, and trouble breathing or choking sensation.
KatieTheBigRockOne
September 4th, 2020 4:59pm
The amount can vary from person to person, given the condition and stress you're under but usually they can be as frequent as several times a week or only a few times a month (if any more than that it could be a serious panic disorder, and the most appropriate treatment would be seeing a therapist :)) It can also depend on the severity of each attack and how many stressors or 'triggers' you see frequently, unfortunately it's rather overwhelming in a multitude and can be hard to cope with if its incredibly common. I hope this helps a little more.
Anonymous
September 11th, 2020 10:34pm
I get panic attacks usually around 2-3 times a month, When I experience my panic attacks I usually experience somatic symptoms. It starts with mild nausea, heart palpitations, and shakiness. It often ends with me getting cold sweats and throwing up. I can prevent it from escalating when I practice slow breathing and placing myself in a positive head space. If I am able to calm myself down before the more intense symptoms kick in then I usually am able to calm myself in 5 minutes. If it gets really bad and I am vomiting it can last anywhere from 15 min to over an hour