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Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks

Updated on September 9, 2013
Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks
Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks

Extreme anxiety disorder is a serious condition that puts a person in a constant state of alertness and fear. Anxiety is otherwise a normal reaction to stress that people commonly experience at various points in their lives. Generally speaking, anxiety helps people to cope with difficult situations until they are resolved.

In the United States, about 19 million adults suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. For people with this condition, worry and fear are constant and can be crippling. Anxious feelings may be so uncomfortable that result in avoiding everyday activities and can escalate into anxiety and panic disorders such as panic attacks.

Panic attacks are episodes of intense fear or anxiety that strike suddenly and repeatedly without any warning. They are far more intense than just having a feeling of being stressed out which most people experience. They can occur at any time, even during sleep. When attacks of panic are very frequent or when a person spends a considerable amount of time anticipating the next attack, then he or she may suffer from panic attack disorder.

Panic Attack Symptoms

Panic attacks are characterized by development of several symptoms which may include:

  • pounding heart, increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • chest pain (you feel like having a heart attack)
  • sweating, chills, or hot flushes
  • shaking and trembling
  • nausea
  • stomach cramps
  • muscle aches and pains
  • dizziness (feel lightheaded and unstable)
  • fear of losing control, paranoia
  • fear of dying
  • hyperventilation
  • a sense of suffocation
  • derealisation (distorted sense of reality)
  • depersonalisation (feeling disconnected from your body, like you are in a dream)

The number and the intensity of the symptoms vary from person to person. Panic attacks usually last a couple of minutes, occasionally they can go on for up to 10 minutes.


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      cathy 5 years ago

      Anxiety is sometimes good because it resolves problems. It also makes a person strong and courageous to face those unresolved situations. But for me i am just upset that sometimes i suffer anxiety for a week. It hampers my job and ruin my mood. Thank you Gregorious for your post, it helps a lot.

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      Ricardo Carias  6 years ago

      I have been suffering from anxiety the past 3 years and found out that the best method around with the best dr advice there is, is the linden method. Check it out, it saved my life!

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      natalya Matthew 7 years ago

      I suffer with anxiety , I am sometimes weak . It getes more intense if i have to go out

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      soeguy2010 7 years ago

      im tryna do stuff like excercise,diet,lots of water,sleeping right,stretching,vitamins,and my newest and best idea yet...if a situation is 20 minutes long...face that situation 2 minutes a day untill ur 100 percent confronted and probbaly overcome it

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      I beat panic attacks 7 years ago

      Take a B-Complex vitamin and gaba to relax you. Trust me they work! Saved my life, family, & job.

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      Overcoming Panic Attacks 7 years ago

      Thanks, I think specially the part on symptoms is really helpful, because it's so easy to see if you have any of these.

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      luvhandles 8 years ago from Jacksonville

      This is a really informative hub on panic attacks. Thanks for the information.

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      Pete40 8 years ago

      I have the same symtoms like pain on the chest,shortness of breath and more.

      My doctor said that i have hyperventilation.I have tried so many things but i haven't try this yet.So i'm going to try this.Tanks for this article.

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      easycalm 9 years ago

      Good hub! Please do update more nice article

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      fearfree 9 years ago

      Thanks for telling people about this treatment. It soiunds excellent...