When it comes to dealing with Anxiety and Panic Attacks it is important to understand initially what causes these to happen and why they are happening to you.
Anxiety And The Symptoms
Anxiety is brought on by situations which can arise in everyday life.
These stresses and worries cause an unease of mind that can lead you to suffer symptoms such as being unable to concentrate or sleep properly thus leading to irritation and overreacting.
This can become overwhelming and can cause you to be in a state of anxiety for long periods should it not be dealt with correctly. This is known as Anxiety Disorder.
Suffering with anxiety is a very emotional situation of inner turbulence and unrest which leads to complete apprehension and panic over daily affairs and events.
Some of the most common symptoms of suffering with anxiety are as follows.
- Unable to Think and/or Concentrate
- Unable to Sleep Properly
- Being Easily Irritated and Overreacting to Situations
- Unable to Catch Your Breath
- Suffering with Headaches and/or a Dry Mouth
- Constant Sweating and Itching
- Unable to Relax
- Tension and Pain In The Muscles
Suffering with anxiety is very common but should you find you are struggling in any areas listed above for long periods you should seek advice and assistance.
Panic Attacks And The Symptoms
Panic Attacks are often not as severe and physically dangerous as people think. Although this is well documented, suffering with these attacks can be quite a traumatic experience.
A Panic Attack can be brought on by the feeling of losing complete control and/or an excessive fear. This in turn can lead the body to start shaking, losing your breath, experiencing chest pains, sweating and more.
These attacks can last up to 30 minutes and can be experienced if you are struggling with situations of stress, depression or you have medical problems.
Some other symptoms of Panic Attacks are:
- Chest Pains
- Racing Heart Beat
- Loss Of Control
- Feelings Of Doom
- Feeling Frightened
- Weakness In The Body
Although not considered dangerous as mentioned, if you are having periodical Panic Attacks on a more regular basis seeking out therapy can help as there is most likely a specific underlying cause.
People are said to suffer with Agoraphobia when they consider their surroundings as a threat and they feel at risk. The feeling of not being able to leave these surroundings or situation can lead to an increased level of anxiety.
This can vary from person to person. While it is common to feel trapped and threatened in areas with lots of people such as in shopping centers or on a bus full of people, others can suffer simply by stepping into their own garden.
Sufferers of Agoraphobia will go to extremes to avoid putting themselves into these situations even to the point of never leaving their homes.
Very often, this phobia is caused by a person suffering with trauma or stress.
For the sufferer, help can be sought by means of therapy to ascertain what the underlying cause is. This will depict what treatment is needed moving forward.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Also known as SAD, this is a phobia which causes a person to feel distress and upset because of what others may think and suffer the feeling of being judged in social situations.
Being the focus of attention and being analyzed can cause the sufferer to experience excessive sweating and trembling as well as talking fast and not making sense.
Sufferers have been known to turn to drinking alcohol and/or taking drugs to lessen the fear in these situations and have even suffered eating disorders.
Treatment for this is provided by the means of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The purpose of this is to address and minimize the symptoms of varying mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
If you are struggling with any of the above mentioned issues, then therapy can help! Please contact me if you need more information!