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How Anxiety And Panic Attack Can Stop You From Living A Fulfilled Life!

Aug 17, 2007
Anxiety, anxiety attack and panic attack; what's the difference? To understand each condition, let's take a look at each one individually.If you recognise the symptoms associated with each and suffer on a regular basis then you should consider seeking professional help.

Anxiety

If you experience fear on a regular basis but there is no physical presence or entity present at the time inducing that fear, then you are in anxiety mode. Fear and worrying situations will pervade a sufferers thoughts and physical symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pains, sweats and racing heart can be evident.

More serious sufferers can develop phobias such as agoraphobia, described as a fear of open spaces or being away from a person's normal place of refuge. Fear of social interaction or fear of being humiliated are extensions of anxiety. The result... sufferers tend to avoid certain situations or withdraw socially.

Anxiety Attacks

These are basically the physical responses to anxiety. In other words, response in the extreme. Add to the symptoms already mentioned such as dizziness, pins and needles and blurry vision and what starts out as a fear of something not physically present, has the ability to instill a sense of great despair in the sufferer.

Panic Attacks

Basically another term for anxiety attack where the sufferer will feel a sense of impending disaster very quickly. Panic attacks can occur anytime, anywhere for many people with nocturnal panic attack being a real issue. If you've ever woken suddenly from a sleep with an intense fear of the surroundings you're in or feel as if your heart is about to explode chances are you're experiencing a panic attack.

Sufferers can also have attacks as a result of past events in their lives or from certain situations which seem to affect them. For example, fear of driving in the city following an incident which may have occurred several years before or when confronted by a crime scene involving them being hurt or scarred by the incident. Fear of public places or even certain people can bring on sudden panic attack.

Seeking Help

Many sufferers don't seek help because of the stigma attached with these conditions. Labelled as a mental health condition, it seems to suggest anxiety panick attack makes their behaviour abnormal. Many suffer in silence or resign themselves to avoiding too much social interaction for fear of having an attack.

This is akin to simply "giving up the ghost" and not encouraged. Seeking an initial consultaion with a medical professional would be a start and if medication is not preferred, then programs in dealing with anxiety panic attack are available.
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Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Get the latest on anxiety and panic attack. Is there a connection between the two? We'll tell you! Plus, read the latest panic/anxiety attack news and reviews at:http://www.panicattacksite.com
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