Statistics show that approximately 40 million people in the US are suffering from anxiety disorders. However, most of us have experienced some form of anxiety or the other at one time in our lives and were not able to recognize it because we are not aware of the symptoms of an anxiety attack.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are six main types of anxiety disorders: general anxiety disorder also known as GAD and it usually occurs in adults; panic disorder, social phobia, specific phobia such as fear or spiders or heights, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The good news it that all types of anxiety disorders have a cure and they are highly successful when applied as indicated by the physician at the right time. Therefore it is very important to be able to recognize an anxiety attack as and when it happens in order to rush to the doctor and start treatment.
Recognizing Anxiety Attacks
An anxiety attack is a sudden change in your normal behavior when you are faced with a situation that triggers it. Let us explore each anxiety disorder in turn and learn how to distinguish the symptoms that symbolize it.
In the case of general anxiety disorder or GAD, the person will worry about inexistent troubles and experience shortness or breath, insomnia, upset stomach as well as irritability. In the case of panic attacks, the person will suffer shortness of breath and sudden palpitation of the heart as well as the feeling of having a heart attack.
When one is suffering from a particular type of phobia, if he or she is having an anxiety attack he or she will act irrationally by screaming or freezing with absolutely no reaction at all. Posttraumatic stress disorder has anxiety attacks that make one restless and unable to concentrate on a particular subject for long periods of time as well as mood swings and irritability for no particular reason.
Common Symptoms of Anxiety Attacks
Even if you are not aware that you or someone in your family if suffering from an anxiety disorder these are some common anxiety attack symptoms that you will easily recognize and will be able to hopefully act in time to start a treatment. Shortness of breath, unable to focus on any particular work for more then couple of minutes at a time, fainting sensations, chest pain as if you are having a heart attack or pounding of the heart, sweating, nausea, upset stomach, obsessive behavior such as feeling the urge of doing something a specific way etc are all symptoms to watch for.
Other anxiety attacks symptoms include the fear of not being able to deal with a situation. Loosing your control and going crazy, shaking and/or trembling and hot and cold flashes.
Why Does Anxiety Occur?
People suffer from anxiety for various reasons such as stress, over load of work, not enough sleep, too much sleep, an existing medical condition for which you are taking medication that induces anxiety and sudden grief for any reason.
However, all types of anxiety can be cured and relief can be almost instant through traditional or natural therapies. However, if you leave this disorder untreated it can accentuate with time and you no longer will recognize it as something out of the ordinary and may embrace it as part of your personality. This can affect your health, your relationship and your job.