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Are you having a Panic attack? How to identify the signs and symptoms and how to manage panic attacks It can happen to anyone at any time: in the office, shopping center, while driving, or even while one sleeps at night. Suddenly, without any warning, an individual may feel frightened and extremely overwhelmed. All at once it feels as if the world is closing in around them and their anxiety levels rapidly rise. The overwhelming and intense fear and anxiety that the individual feels is seemingly neither justified, nor related to, the present situation. For individuals who have experienced a panic attack the experience can be extremely overwhelming and scary. The symptoms of a panic attack closely resemble those of a heart attack, but disappear usually within half an hour. When an individual experiences a panic attack for the first time they will most likely feel extremely scared and overwhelmed by the experience. It can be extremely scary to feel as if one has lost control of their emotions and anxiety levels. What Ca You DO? Have you or someone you know ever been impacted by this type of an experience? If so, the person affected will never forget the sensations and will most likely want some additional information regarding their panic filled experience. Information and supports are highly valuable so that individuals are better prepared if they ever face it again in the future. If an individual has not experienced a panic attack themselves then it is still extremely…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:21

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Basic Facts And Information on (PTSD) Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that has often been misunderstood and stereotyped. When an individual experiences a significant stressful traumatic event the body will typically respond through the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. This response is healthy and normal in the short term. Post-traumatic disorder is a normal response for a person who has experienced a traumatic event in their life. Trauma is something that cannot be prepared for and comes into a person’s life unexpectedly. In an instant, a person’s world can be completely changed and the stability that was once there can be quickly lost. Individuals that have experienced trauma will experience post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms as they try to cope with and manage their traumatic experience. It is important that individuals that have experienced trauma understand that their symptoms are normal and that their experience of a trauma is what is abnormal. Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by having symptoms related to re-experiencing of the trauma, heightened awareness, increased anxiety levels, avoidance, irritability, substance abuse, and depression. There are many symptoms that individuals can develop who have PTSD. Every person with this disorder will respond to their trauma experience uniquely and will have symptoms that are unique to them as well. Individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder are at a significantly increased risk of the development of other psychological disorders and addiction than the general population. The majority of the time an individual that experiences a trauma will develop…
Monday, 27 February 2012 09:18

Panic Disorder Tips and Info

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Here Some Useful Information on Panic Disorders Individuals with a panic disorder experience sudden intense attacks of anxiety. These attacks are often repetitive and can occur at any time. These attacks are often referred to as panic attacks. Panic attacks will often arise unexpectedly in individuals. They can erupt suddenly and rapidly intensify. Some individuals mistakenly identify the symptoms of a panic attack as being a heart attack because of the similar symptoms of these two medical conditions. Panic attack symptoms are unique and individualized for each person. Individual experiencing a panic attack typically report symptoms such as chest pain, feeling faint, overwhelming fear of losing control, intense fear of death, upset stomach, difficulty breathing, a chocking sensation, feeling detached, sweating, chills, shaking, rapid heart rate, numbness in extremities, and hot flashes. Panic attacks must be experienced for at least 6 months and involve a majority of the symptoms above to be considered to be a panic disorder. Panic disorders can be experienced at the same time that an individual also has a different anxiety or psychological disorder. It is important that panic disorders, whether experienced as a singular disorder or as a compounded disorder, can be treated. Panic disorders can be treated and managed in the following ways. Antidepressant medications have been shown to be effective in the treatment of panic disorders. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil are commonly used to manage panic attack symptoms. Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), benzodiazepines, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs),…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:19

Agoraphobia Info And Some Basic Tips

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Here some good tips and basic info to overcome agoraphobia Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which an individual strives to avoid situations that are panic provoking. Those with agoraphobia often avoid situations where they feel trapped, often avoid leaving home, and typically avoid situations where they are concerned about feeling embarrassed, trapped, or helpless if they would begin to panic. These individuals often do not feel safe or calm in public settings. Individuals with agoraphobia can become so overwhelmed with fear of panicking in a public setting that they become trapped within their own home. Overcoming agoraphobia will require facing one’s fears. This can be extremely difficult for an individual with agoraphobia to do. However, medications and psychotherapy treatments have been shown to offer some people relief from their symptoms. Agoraphobia can occur in conjunction with other anxiety and psychological disorders. Individuals with this condition should resist closing themselves into an isolated existence. Although isolating oneself will be the natural instinctual response in someone with agoraphobia it is important to work to maintain relationships and activities in the community. The following are eight potentially effective ways that an individual can take to gain control over their agoraphobia. Make an appointment with a doctor. An individual with agoraphobia should find a doctor who they can work closely with to monitor and treat their symptoms. It can be extremely helpful to have a family member, friend, or loved one join the doctor appointments so that there is an additional information source…
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 09:13

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) Useful Information

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Social Anxiety Disorder - Introduction And Treatments Social Anxiety Disorder is also referred to as being a Social Phobia. This condition is present in an individual when they experience anxiety and a heightened self-consciousness when they are in social settings. This anxiety is overwhelming and is present in almost any social setting. However, the individual may find that certain social settings provoke a more heightened anxiety response. Individuals with this disorder are often excessively conscious of the people around them and are overwhelmed by self-conscious thoughts and feelings of embarrassment and insecurity. Individuals with a social anxiety disorder will often dread upcoming social events and will struggle with immense amounts of worry and anxiety as the event draws near. Sweating, nausea, and difficulty concentrating and speaking have all been associated with this condition. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatments have been found to be effective for the treatment and relief of social anxiety disorder. Typically, this type of therapy treatment is most effective when worked through with a counselor or psychiatrist. However, the CBT can also be done independently if a person is willing to work through the process on their own. However, having success on one’s own will require significant dedication. It is usually easier to make changes in one’s life if you have a support person who is able to encourage you along the way. It requires time and effort to overcome a social anxiety disorder. Although the symptoms of this disorder can feel extremely overwhelming there is potential…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 17:46

Natural Anxiety Treatments

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Some Alternative Anxiety Treatments If you say you have never experienced anxiety, you will be thought to be either lying, or extraordinary. Each and every one of us will feel anxious at some time or another, the only difference being that the cause of anxiety will differ, and the extent will vary. Most often, we do not give a second thought to the anxiety we endure, mainly because it is second nature to us and we know it will pass as suddenly as it came, leaving us none the worse for having experienced it. When the frequency and intensity is harder to bear, the condition should not be ignored, and for a start, natural anxiety treatments can be commenced. Anxiety that is severe enough to be accompanied by the inability to concentrate, with feelings of restlessness, impatience and irritability, should make us pause and try to think why it is happening. If the sensations are caused by unusually heavy workloads, family or financial difficulties, you may feel tired and listless, but you will not experience the discomfort of a fast beating heart, rapid and shallow breathing, a feeling of confusion, accompanied by tummy cramps. These are in no way symptoms of ordinary stress. When we go through all these sensations at the same time, we will need to acknowledge them for what they are, and try to get the condition under control, before it takes control of us, in an unstoppable grip. Ideally, we should visit a doctor as a…

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