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Dealing With Anxiety By Facing Your Fear

Updated on October 11, 2013

Are you dealing with anxiety that you just can’t seem to control? If so, you may need medical help or either need to face the cause of your anxiety. Actually, anxiety can come from past experiences, a fear of what is to come, or even situations where you aren’t comfortable in. With this in mind, there are a few ways you can prevent anxiety attacks. Before we get into all of that though, it is important to look over your symptoms to see if you have either mild anxiety attacks or severe attacks. Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one who is going through this.

Anxiety Attack Symptoms

Here are a few common anxiety symptoms that surface during an attack. Look through this thoroughly in order to determine how severe your anxiety is. It may be mild or it may be very serious which means you’ll need professional help right away.


  • Feeling suddenly dizzy or with a “light head”


  • Extremely frightened by your surroundings


  • Disoriented at what is going on around you


  • Sweaty hands and forehead.


  • Racing heart pumping in your chest.


  • Sickness in the stomach area (ulcers)


  • A feeling of being out of control or hopeless


These are just a few common symptoms that you will experience during an anxiety attack. Even if it’s difficult to note your symptoms during an attack, you should try to do this in order to figure out the extent of your condition.

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Types of anxiety disorders

Like we mentioned before - an anxiety disorder is usually caused by something else. Mostly, people develop disorders because of their past, something that happened, or something that is scaring them. Let’s look at a few types of anxiety disorders below:


Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Also known as OCD, this is when you have unwanted thoughts or a certain behavior that doesn’t allow you to stop. Controlling this behavior is very hard to do. The word obsessive suggests that a person does something over and over again without stopping. You keep thinking of the worst.


Phobia

A phobia is something that you fear. This could be tarantulas, other animals, or even objects. When someone has a phobia of something, they are scared of it and will do whatever they can to avoid it. This could also be a fear of flying, heights, or even being scared of snakes.


Social Anxiety Disorder

If you are an only child or have had a bad experience being around a large group of people, you probably try your best to avoid parties, social gatherings and that sort of thing. There are some people who even avoid college because of this reason.

How to prevent anxiety attacks

Preventing anxiety attacks isn’t easy, especially if you have never trained yourself how to do this. The first step in preventing an attack is to face your fear. This is probably the last thing you want to hear but it can help a great deal.


Let’s say for example you are scared of dogs. Instead of introducing yourself to large dogs, bond with smaller dogs. Visit the dog park and talk to others. If that’s too big of a step for you, ask a friend if you can visit their house to see their small poodle. Once you realize there is no real danger around most dogs, you’ll finally feel confident.


Read books about your fear. You could read a general book or even something specific such as “Facing your fear of heights”. By understanding the subject, you’ll be confident when standing on the last floor of the tallest building, looking out at the beautiful view instead of worrying.


Seek medical attention if your condition is severe. There are some people who have panic attacks and cannot breath. Depending on your current medical condition, you may need an inhaler or prescribed medicine you can take before experiencing a panic attack.

Dealing with Panic Attacks

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