People may suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and not even know what they are dealing with. Not knowing what you are dealing with adds so much more fear to an already overwhelming experience. The common symptoms of anxiety are: a constant overall sense of fear, tightness in the chest, difficulty focusing, inability to concentrate or retain information, a sense of dread that something bad is going to happen, feeling scared, restlessness, irritability, difficulty sleeping, an urge to run away, feeling tired all the time, a dry mouth, sighing, an inability to feel relaxed, keyed up, and possibly a dizzy feeling.
A panic attack is a very strong fearful feeling that may seem to come from nowhere with a tight grip on your chest. It may be accompanied by an odd sense of disconnection from the rest of the world. Your thoughts may be spinning very fast and the more you try to figure out what is going wrong and trying to fix it, the worse it gets.