Anxiety- excessive worry and nervousness.
Panic Attacks- sudden intense fear, impending doom, which is caused by excessive adrenaline activated into the bloodstream
I’m sure you have heard miraculous stories of someone doing outlandish things in order to save a life, i.e., 45 year old women lifts 2 ton truck to rescue child from certain death, or Woman miraculously lifts 1 1/2 ton car to save father (opens in new window).
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How did she do it? Adrenaline was coursing through her bloodstream, giving her the strength to do the impossible. Here’s another example:
Back in the caveman days, all this adrenaline was used to protect us from predators, mountain lions, bears, any big animal that was hungry.
But today, all this excessive energy, if not used creatively, will manifest itself into anxiety and panic attacks.
The 5 Types of Anxiety and Panic Attacks Disorders
Generalized anxiety disorder (also referred to as GAD)
Panic attacks (also known as anxiety attacks or panic disorder)
Social anxiety (aka social phobia or agoraphobia)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Most often when people refer to anxiety, they are referring to generalized anxiety disorder, GAD for short.
We all, at times, worry about common things such as health, money, family, etc,. People with GAD are overly worried about these and any events in life. This makes it overly stressful to make it through a normal day, or completing every day tasks.
People with GAD may also suffer from panic attacks. A panic attacks is a sudden intense fear, and/or impending doom that lasts for several minutes. Often a person may feel as if they are having a heart attack. They may be sweating, visibly shaking, having choking sensations, nauseous, feeling dizzy, amongst many other internal feelings and symptoms.
Social anxiety is the fear of being judged and being embarrassed/humiliated. This fear is so strong that it prevents a person from going to school, work, and enjoying the company of others.
A person with social anxiety worries about an event, weeks in advance. He/she may be afraid of common everyday activities, such as checking out at the grocery store, eating in front of others, using public restrooms.
These people know that their fears are unrealistic, but are unable to control them. This limits their lives, causing them to stay away from events they would otherwise enjoy.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that lots of war veterans experience. This anxiety disorder can occur after experiencing or witnessing a life threatening event. These events may be military combat, terrorist incidents, natural disasters, serious accidents, physical assaults, sexual assaults, etc..
People with PTSD relive these traumatic events through nightmares and flashbacks. They have difficulty sleeping, feel detached, and their daily lives are impaired.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD covers a wide range of irrational thoughts and behaviors. From thinking that repetitively knocking on wood can save a life, to bad thoughts can kill someone.
Excessive hand washing, fear of contamination, checking locks and stoves excessively, counting, repetitive actions, hoarding, the invasion of unwanted thoughts are all a forms of OCD.
The Anxiety and Panic Attacks Merry-Go-Round
Around and around it goes, when it stops, is up to you. It’s a seldom occurrence for someone to come and take your hand. Most people don’t understand. You can try to explain to others, but they just don’t get it.
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I hope this article has helped you to understand what anxiety and panic attacks are. Check out the above resources. You will find valuable information to help you through this journey.
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