Quote from futurecnm
I'm sure almost every nurse feels some anxiety from time to time, but I don't think everyone has "attacks". As a student I've had lots of anxiety but never what I'd call an anxiety attack.
Yes, there is a VERY big difference.
When I was going through a difficult time in my life, I would have frequent periods of high anxiety, where I felt fidgety, nervous, ill at ease, upset stomach, etc.
I've also had panic attacks, and they are a different beast-you literally cannot function while in the middle of an attack-it really is Fight or Flight. Hyperventilation/can't breathe, heart in your throat, sweating, feel like you're gonna have a BM in your pants, a full on panic. (Imagine how you'd feel if someone held a gun to your head and cocked it. You wouldn't be able to think, move with real coordination, process things, etc. Now imagine feeling like that out of nowhere.)
I'm not trying to minimize anyone elses experiences, but I did want to differentiate between generalized anxiety and an anxiety attack.
Having said all that, Rescue Remedy
is a homeopathic formula (comes in pills, lingual/sublingual spray and drops) based on the bach flower remedies. It's been known to reduce stress and anxiety and I've found that it works quite well for me many times. And because it's homeopathic, you can't od on it or become dependant. It is not a medication. (not to be confused with herbal supplements, tinctures and such) I think it's about $8 for a small spray bottle that fits in your pocket.