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PostSubject: Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic   Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:16 pm

Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic

Anxiety is a cause of many different factors in your life. It could be brought on by your circumstances, or from experiences of being, or of feeling under threat, changing jobs, moving home, pregnancy or losing your job. It could be just that it's in your genes.

Anxiety is what stops us from doing stupid and dangerous things, keeping us alert and encouraging us to deal with problems we are facing. In extreme cases of danger or trauma, anxiety can last for months or years, even if you weren't physically harmed, and this is well known as PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder.

Therefore it would make sense that an IIH sufferer would have anxiety, especially as the symptoms with it affect you so drastically. There's worry about your vision, the constant pain, surgeries and lumbar punctures. It's hard to not be anxious as there is so much going on when your pressure rises.

With anxiety often comes panic, which can come on suddenly and make you feel like you can't breathe and can cause you to shake. You could experience it once or on a more regular basis. If they happen regularly it could because it's being triggered by something specific which has made you feel anxious or frightened before. You could even have a panic attack in your own home without warning as they can happen anywhere at any time

A panic attack can last anything from ten minutes to thirty minutes. Some people when they are having a severe panic attack, have been known to think they are having a heart attack due to their symptoms.

While distressing to someone experiencing panic attack, they are treatable with medications and therapies. There are also coping strategies that you could use which we will cover later on.

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PostSubject: [sub]Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic[/sub]   Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:08 pm

Here are the list of symptoms for Anxiety and Panic Attacks as per HELPGUIDE.org These lists are NOT meant for self diagnosis but for informational purpose only.

Anxiety - The emotional symptoms are;

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Watching for signs of danger
  • Feeling like your mind’s gone blank
The physical symptoms are;

  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Stomach upset or dizziness
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremors and twitches
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

Panic Attacks

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Shaking/trembling
  • Choking feeling
  • Feeling detached from your surroundings
  • Sweating
  • Nausea/upset stomach
  • Feeling dizzy/lightheaded/faint
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Hot or cold flushes
  • Fear of dying/losing control or going mad

    If you want more information visit HelpGuide.org
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