As a normal reaction to environmental stressors, anxiety has been experienced by everyone at some point in their lives. Whether it was being called into the bossâ€™s office, a dreaded confrontation with a friend, or an examination, the symptoms of anxiety are the same for everyone. There may be heart palpitations, chest pains, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, sweating, nausea, and more. These are the same responses that are expected from the “flight or flight” instinct.
When these symptoms become unmanageable and arise at inappropriate times it is the sign of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can affect a personâ€™s ability to properly function within society because of a unshakable fear.Panic attacks can occur for those with an anxiety disorder. These are moments of paralyzing fear for no recognizable reason. It often begins avoidance behavior from the sufferer, such as a person who has an attack in an elevator. The person will then avoid elevators at all costs. Eventually it can severely restrict the ability of the individual to lead a productive life. This disorder is more serious than anxiety alone, since the attacks can lead to phobias, depression, and suicide.
It is estimated that 40 million adult Americans suffer from some form of an anxiety disorder, making it the most common emotional disorder. It becomes a serious financial consideration since many of the anxiety symptoms manifest as physical problems requiring medical attention.There are many treatments for those afflicted with anxiety and panic disorders. There are prescription medications, psychotherapy, hypnosis, and other alternative options. People may find one type of therapy works best for them, or others many find a combination of treatments offer the best results. Regardless of your treatment preferences, it is essential that you have a medical professional to coordinate your care.