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Anxiety disorders are very common and affect nearly 40 million adults in the United States every year. There are several types of anxiety disorders and many different causes that all can result in anxiety attacks.

What are Anxiety Disorders?

In order to define the term "Anxiety" one must first differentiate this state from one of "fear". Fear is an emotional and physiological arousal to some real danger that forces us to take corrective action. Anxiety is a similar emotional and physiological response but it is out of proportion to the real present danger. In other words, anxiety is a subjective state of apprehension or tension that is triggered by underlying issues that are not readily apparent to the person suffering the anxiety. Anxiety Disorders can also consist of attempts to escape or avoid anxiety, such as with psycho physiological or obsessional forms of coping. These disorders are very serious problems when they become excessive and interfere with normal day-to-day functioning

Anxiety attacks and their symptoms:

Anxiety panic attacks, known as panic attacks in mental health circles,  are episodes of intense panic or fear. Anxiety panic attacks usually occur suddenly and without warning. Sometimes there’s an obvious trigger— getting stuck in an elevator, for example, or thinking about the big speech you’re giving in a few hours—but in other cases, the attacks come out of the blue.
Anxiety attacks usually peak within ten minutes, and they rarely last more than a half hour. But during that short time, the terror can be so severe that you feel as if you’re about to die or totally lose control. The physical symptoms are themselves so frightening that many people believe they’re having a heart attack. After an anxiety panic attack is over, you may be worried about having another one, particularly in a public place where help isn’t available or you can’t easily escape.

Symptoms of an anxiety attack include:

  • Surge of overwhelming panic
  • Feeling of losing control or going crazy
  • Heart palpitations or chest pain
  • Feeling like you’re going to pass out
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Nausea or stomach cramps

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