Panic vs. Anxiety

Panic vs. Anxiety

Many, if not all of us have experienced some form of anxiety or panic in our lives.  This email is going to provide you with information about the signs and symptoms of anxiety/panic attacks, how you can deal with them and successfully find relief .

Panic vs. anxiety

  • Panic
    • Symptoms are sudden and extremely intense
    • “out of the blue” peak within 10 minutes
    • Keyed up the rest of the day
  • Anxiety
    • Intensifies over a period of time
    • Correlated with excessive worry about potential “danger”
    • Persistent and very long lasting
  • Panic attacks = the actual attack and symptoms
  • Panic disorder = fear of the panic attack


Ways to deal with the symptoms:

  • Learn about anxiety
  • Anxiety is normal and adaptive
  • It becomes a problem when your body reacts to no real danger – be aware
  • Relaxation
  • ***Talk to a professional***
    • Call the EAP for assistance with finding a therapist or counselor– 1-877-595-5284 (once they give you a referral and you speak with a therapist, be sure to confirm the therapist is a Cigna In Network provider)
      • There are different types of therapy to choose from.  Below are two examples:
        • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
        • DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
          • Helps those suffering from mood disorders and those who need to change patterns of behavior
          • Helps people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states
    • Crisis hotline:
      • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Crisis text line:
      • Text NAMI to 741-741
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