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ANXIETY & PANIC ATTACKS
 

ANXIETY & PANIC ATTACKS - WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

 
ANXIETY - KNOWING WHEN TO REACH OUT

Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain and, perhaps, fearful at the thought of sitting an exam, going into hospital, attending an interview or even starting a new job.
However, if the feelings of anxiety overwhelm you, your ability to concentrate and do well may suffer. And if it stays at a high level for a long time, you may begin to find it difficult to deal with everyday life. You may feel powerless or out of control, This is severe anxiety and its extremely important to get help if you feel like you may be suffering from this.


PANIC ATTACKS - READING THE SIGNS

A panic attack is an exaggeration of the body’s normal response to fear, stress or excitement. It is a rapid build-up of overwhelming sensations, such as a pounding heartbeat, feeling faint, sweating, nausea, chest pains, breathing discomfort, feelings of losing control, shaky limbs and even legs giving away.
If you experience this, you may fear that you are losing control, blacking out, or having a heart attack – making this a terrifying experience. Panic attacks come on very quickly and symptoms usually peaking within 10 minutes. Most panic attacks last for between 5 and 20 minutes. For some people they seem to come without warning and strike at random.


WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?

Severe anxiety and panic attacks are associated with a variety of reasons. For instance it could be due to distressing events or past experiences, upbringing, everyday life and habits that include excess caffeine and sugar, poor eating habits, stress, drugs, side effects associated with some medication and even the fear of losing control over life. Some theories even suggest that you may inherit a tendency to be more anxious. Whatever the reasons they tend to have significant effects on the body and the mind.

SHORT TERM EFFECTS:
  • Increased muscular tension causing discomfort and headaches
  • Rapid breathing may make you feel light-headed and shaky,
  • Rising blood pressure can make you more aware of a pounding heart.
  • Changes in the blood supply to your digestive system may cause nausea and sickness
  • You may feel an urgent need to visit the toilet, and get 'butterflies' in your stomach.
LONG TERM EFFECTS:
  • Fear combined with tension and lack of sleep can weaken your immune system,
  • You may experience digestive difficulties
  • Psychological effects including severe depression
  • Anxiety can make you more fearful, on edge, irritable, and unable to relax or concentrate.
  • An overwhelming desire to seek the reassurance of others, to be weepy and dependent.
  • Impact on work, leisure and relationships.
  • Lifestyle related effects like starting smoking, drinking or even taking drugs.

HOW CAN NAVEEN HELP YOU?

Help is available through a 12 Step recovery program along with a comprehensive treatment plan. It is possible to escape the cycle of chaotic relationships and live a life based on realistic expectations and healthy interactions.