- Feb 14, 2020
I have never not been anxious. At least not for long. At times things get worse momentarily and I can these times attacks but are they really? I've had outright panic attacks with racing heart gasping for breath all that fun stuff. These are different. There are times when the anxious thoughts, the fears and worries (either generally or a specific one) get overwhelming and I find myself tensing up parts of my body... Sometimes all of my body, almost like I'm paralyzed from fear but my breathing is calm and my heart is too. Aside from intense fear and the muscle tensing I seem to have no other symptoms? It mostly happens when the social anxiety is to blame but I've had it happen with general worrying about bad things happening to my kids or hubby etc. It takes a long time for me to be able to relax the muscles in order to move again. It's almost like it's a coping technique to keep an all out panic attack from happening if that makes sense. So are these times anxiety attacks or what? Makes me worry that maybe my mom was right I'm just "wanting attention" and don't really have any problems because I don't have the breathing or heart rate symptoms. Like is it not really anxiety attacks if I'm clenching my hands or toes together or holding my arms and legs so tight?