can you have anxiety without panic attacks

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I’m not diagnosed with anxiety, I wanted to see the gp about it since I have some symptoms which are affecting my daily life including overthinking, self consciousness, head shaking when i’m nervous, body/hand shaking when i’m nervous, heart racing. I feel like my mind is moving at 100mph all the time. I find it extremely difficult to socialise, I just want to disappear. But i’ve never experienced a panic attack before which is why I think it might not be anxiety. The closest thing was on exam day when I was shaking and couldn’t process the questions on the paper but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t a panic attack as it wasn’t random but triggered by exam stress which is common. Can you have anxiety without panic attacks? I don’t want to waste the gp’s time if I don’t have anxiety. should I even go to them about this or will they not care since I don’t have panic attacks. But if I leave it any longer, it’ll eat me alive. I don’t know what to do.
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Hey! I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety last year and getting a diagnosis/therapy had really helped me to cope with it, so it’s definitely a good idea to speak to a gp.

There’s actually a big difference between panic attacks and anxiety attacks, which I didn’t realise until I started therapy. Panic attacks usually come in sudden waves, with hyperventilating, shaking, etc. Whereas anxiety attacks, which I have often, can last days at a time. The way I’d describe it is like being in a bubble, I know what’s going on but I can’t focus properly. I experience an anxiety attack every time I leave for college until the moment I get home, it doesn’t make it impossible to get through my day, but it definitely stops me from being able to socialise. The symptoms u described definitely sound like anxiety, it’s quite common to have it without having full on panic attacks. There can also be physical symptoms like stomach problems, indigestion, headaches, etc. I always get hiccups when I’m in public haha.
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Hey! I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety last year and getting a diagnosis/therapy had really helped me to cope with it, so it’s definitely a good idea to speak to a gp.

There’s actually a big difference between panic attacks and anxiety attacks, which I didn’t realise until I started therapy. Panic attacks usually come in sudden waves, with hyperventilating, shaking, etc. Whereas anxiety attacks, which I have often, can last days at a time. The way I’d describe it is like being in a bubble, I know what’s going on but I can’t focus properly. I experience an anxiety attack every time I leave for college until the moment I get home, it doesn’t make it impossible to get through my day, but it definitely stops me from being able to socialise. The symptoms u described definitely sound like anxiety, it’s quite common to have it without having full on panic attacks. There can also be physical symptoms like stomach problems, indigestion, headaches, etc. I always get hiccups when I’m in public haha.
Thank you for your reply. I don’t think i’ve experienced any proper anxiety attacks in daily life but I’ll go anyway just to put my thoughts to rest. Can I ask, since you got diagnosed, has the fact that it’s on your medical record affected your life? like in terms of jobs/uni etc.
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