Anxiety, an emotional disorder affecting millions of people. Severity ranges from normal feelings of nervousness to feelings of terror. Symptoms vary with individuals in as much as the severity. Nausea, muscle tension, uncomfortable physical reactions, feelings of panic and/or fear are a few of the symptoms associated with anxiety.
Examples of Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder/Panic Attack – an overwhelming fear of some eminent danger. Symptoms: pounding heart, sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness, chills or hot flashes. Many sufferers have chest pain leading them to believe they are having a heart attack.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)– recurring flashbacks of an exposure to a traumatic event that left severe emotional scarring. Extreme emotional, mental and/or physical distress are often associated with events that trigger these flashbacks. Traumatic events like: war, plane crashes, rape, domestic violence and natural disasters all can produce PTSD. Depression, nightmares, trouble sleeping and troubled relationships are just a few areas of everyday life affected by PTSD.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)– Intrusive obsessive thoughts, irrational and nonsensical in nature are indicators of someone possibly suffering from OCD. Due to these persistent thoughts, anxiety levels may increase, and ones behavior becomes compulsive and repetitive in an attempt to alleviate the anxiety.
Anxiety in all its’ forms, have been successfully treated with medication and therapy.
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