Attack of The Anxiety

By : Godoctr Team    Posted : 09-03-2016    3546    5    Like
Attack of The Anxiety

Anxiety is a part of life- a little of it is needed to keep you going and working but like anything else, too much of it can be crippling.

Today, a considerable proportion of humans suffer with anxiety-10%, widely estimated. When it appears in episodes of profound, consuming panic. In fact, the symptoms are so debilitating that the sufferer may begin to believe that s/he is having a heart attack, going haywire or even dying. These episodes can last from anywhere about 30 minutes to several hours, while peaking within 10 minutes.
To be considered an anxiety attack at least four of the listed symptoms must be prevalent:
  • An overwhelming fear out of the blue(or linked with a concrete cause)
  • Sweating overly
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hyperventilation
  • Shortness of breath(dyspnea)
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Tingling(Paresthesias) or numbness in limbs
  • Trembling
  • Burning sensations
  • A fear of death or a heart-attack
  • A fear of going haywire
  • Loss of bodily control
  • Impaired cognition
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • A fear of depersonalization or derealization
The onset of one or more symptom(s) may often trigger more anxiety in the sufferer and create a positive feedback loop s/he may look at it as an alarm for another anxiety attack.
An anxiety attack (or a panic attack) is is a response of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Although not connotative of a mental illness, an attack may persist along other anxiety disorders. The causes can range from cumulation of stressors, phobias, personal losses, significant life-changes, thoughts & with-held feelings, situations, withdrawal from substances, or even some disorders or diseases like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD), Hypothyroidism, or Hyperventilation Syndrome. But the good part is that it can be cured. The best results are incurred with the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), when followed by specific selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. Other than that,
1) Breathing exercises may be performed:
With hyperventilation involved, deep-breathing exercises help rebalance blood-oxygen and -carbon dioxide levels.
2) Dietary changes may be exercised:
Caffeine causes anxiety, so withdrawal from it may help.
3) The magical mantra: 
Exercise is advised not only when healthy (to maintain the health), but also in attempt to cure a number of diseases and disorders. Indulging in aerobic exercises such as running is correlated to release of endorphins and the consequent reduction of cortisol, the stress-hormone.
Just remember one thing, if you really want to beat your anxiety, just don't be anxious about it.


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