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Types of Anxiety Disorder
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Repeated episodes of intense fear that strike often and without
warning. Physical symptoms include chest pain, heart palpitations,
shortness of breath, dizziness, abdominal distress, feelings of
unreality, and fear of dying.
Panic disorder is very hard for someone to understand that hasn't
been there. Most just think all you have to do is face your fears
and they will go away. In reality that is a lot easier said than
done. it can leave you totally paralyzed by its effect. Making
it so hard to even do every day normal things. I hope the information
we have included will shed some light on this often devastating
illness and maybe help you understand it a little better.
Fear, heart palpitations, terror, a sense of impending doom,
dizziness, fear of fear. The words used to describe panic disorder
are often frightening. But there is great hope: Treatment can
benefit virtually everyone who has this condition. It is extremely
important for the person who has panic disorder to learn about
the problem and the availability of effective treatments and to
In panic disorder, brief episodes of intense fear are accompanied by
multiple physical symptoms (such as heart palpitations and dizziness)
that occur repeatedly and unexpectedly in the absence of any external
threat. These "panic attacks," which are the hallmark of panic
disorder, are believed to occur when the brain's normal mechanism for
reacting to a threat, the so-called "fight or flight" response,
becomes inappropriately aroused. Most people with panic disorder also
feel anxious about the possibility of having another panic attack and
avoid situations in which they believe these attacks are likely to occur.
Anxiety about another attack, and the avoidance it causes, can lead
to disability in panic disorder
In the United States, between 3 and 6 million will have panic disorder
at some time in their lives. The disorder typically begins in young
adulthood, butolder people and children can be affected. Women are affected
twice as frequently as men. While people of all races and social classes
can have panic disorder, there appear to be cultural differences in
how individual symptoms are expressed.
When Panic Recurs
Panic disorder is often a chronic, relapsing illness. For many people,
it gets better at some times and worse at others. If a person
gets treatment, and appears to have largely overcome the problem,
it can still worsen later for no apparent reason. These recurrences
should not cause a person to despair or consider himself or herself
a "treatment failure." Recurrences can be treated effectively,
just like an initial episode.
In fact, the skills that a person learns in dealing with the
initial episode can be helpful in coping with any setbacks. Many
people who have overcome panic disorder once or a few times find
that, although they still have an occasional panic attack, they
are now much better able to deal with the problem. Even though
it is not fully cured, it no longer dominates their lives, or
the lives of those around them.
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