What Are the Differences Between Anxiety and an Adrenaline Rush?


Almost everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their lifetime. It’s actually easiest to explain what anxiety is by comparing it to fear. These are both mood states, but with fear, there is a very real threat to the safety and well being of someone. With anxiety, the threat is only “perceived”; usually it isn’t real.

We become anxious because we feel threatened. We have no control over a situation. There are physical symptoms such as chest pains, labored breathing, and/or a sick feeling. We feel uneasy, as if there’s some unavoidable danger ahead in the road and there’s nothing we can do about it.

What is an Adrenaline Rush?

It is what happens in the body when the adrenal gland releases epinephrine. This occurs as a result of the “fight or flight” response to a threatening or stimulating situation. it causes the muscles to perform fermentation at an increased rate thus improving strength.

We’ve all heard stories of a mother being able to lift a car off her child after an automobile accident. Adrenaline makes this possible. It temporarily puts superhuman strength in the muscles.

What’s the Difference?

Many people are curious about the difference is between anxiety and an adrenaline rush.

While chronic hyper-adrenaline is a common symptom of anxiety disorder, the root cause of each is much different.

Anxiety is a fear-based response to a perceived threat. But an adrenaline rush usually occurs when someone is unexpectedly involved in some type of accident or other frightening, unpredictable event. Anxiety is a negative response while Adrenaline rush is often positive and has no lasting harmful affects.

The difference between anxiety and an adrenaline rush really becomes pronounced when you consider that prolonged anxiety can cause serious health issues. We can develop high blood pressure or heart trouble.

On the other hand, an occasional adrenaline rush can actually be fun and stimulating. It has no prolonged negative affects in most cases.


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