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How Can People Tell the Difference Between Anxiety, Stress, and Panic Attacks?

Living with mental health issues is difficult and challenging. One day, a person can be perfectly fine, the next they are struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, and stress. When there are places that people cannot go because it triggers panic attacks, or stress threatens their sobriety, it is difficult to handle. It is important to know what is causing the issues so the person can get the help they need. Learn more about the differences between anxiety, stress, and panic attacks and how to get help.

Know Your Symptoms

Everyone experiences moments of panic, nervousness, and stress. The difference between experiences and ad diagnosis of anxiety is about impact. Chronic anxiety can have three or more of the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Heart rate increase
  • Trouble organizing thoughts

Panic attacks don’t come in reaction to a stressor. They are unprovoked and unpredictable. The person is seized with fear or apprehension. They may feel they are going to die or lose control. They have a host of physical symptoms which may include shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea. These symptoms start worrying people and build up to anticipatory anxiety. Breaking down stigma is the biggest key to healing from anxiety. 


Nobody likes to talk about what they see or what they experience when it comes to stress and anxiety. Not talking about what happens internally can be frustrating for people. It feels like being robbed of a chance to reach out to others in need. No matter how big or small the world seems, there is a reminder that people are not weird or different. They are going through something difficult that requires additional support, not stigma. It makes people more comfortable talking about their own mental health when they can focus on anxiety and stress management rather than living with it day to day and not feeling supported. There are hope and healing on the other side of mental health issues, with the right support and tools. 

Guest House provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. Everyone has to journey on their own, but we will be by you to support your journey all the way. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call 855-483-7800.