Monday, November 08, 2010

Mental Health Monday : Anxiety Attacks and Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Anxiety Attacks and Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment:

Emotional symptoms of anxiety
In addition to the primary symptoms of irrational and excessive fear and worry, other common emotional symptoms of anxiety include:
Feelings of apprehension or dread
Trouble concentrating
Feeling tense and jumpy
Anticipating the worst
Watching for signs of danger
Feeling like your mind’s gone blank

Physical symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety is more than just a feeling. As a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response, anxiety involves a wide range of physical symptoms. Because of the numerous physical symptoms, anxiety sufferers often mistake their disorder for a medical illness. They may visit many doctors and make numerous trips to the hospital before their anxiety disorder is discovered.
Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:
Pounding heart
Stomach upset or dizziness
Frequent urination or diarrhea
Shortness of breath
Tremors and twitches
Muscle tension

Do you have an anxiety disorder? A few key questions.

1. Are you constantly tense, worried or on edge?
2. Does your anxiety interfere with work, school or family responsibilities?
3. Are you plagued by fears that you now are irrational but you can't shake?
4. Do you believe that something bad will happen if certain things are not done a certain way?
5. Do you avoid everyday situations or activities because you feel anxiety?
6. Do you experience sudden attacks of heart-pounding anxiety?
7. Do you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner?

If you experience some or all of these symptoms please do not be afraid to seek help.

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