Everyone experiences brief periods of acute anxiety from time to time. It happens as a normal part of life. But it is only when this occurs more persistently and starts interfering in your work, sleep and other day to day activities that you sit up and take notice. As other attacks occur, your fear of further attacks increases and you alternate between fear and panic.
But, what is anxiety? Anxiety can be described as a very basic response aimed to fight or run away from a threat or danger which may be real or imaginary. In some cases, anxiety is a mental health condition that requires treatment. Techniques used to decrease anxiety often include methods of relaxation and a gradual exposure to the situation that brought about the attacks in the first place. Those suffering from anxiety must learn how to confront these emotional forces.
Many sources claim that anxiety attack disorder is genetically or biologically caused because it commonly occurs in families. On the other hand there are other experts, with considerable experience on the subject, who believe that anxiety disorders are acquired and are behavioral in nature. Anyone can develop general anxiety disorder as a child or on their way to adulthood.
Panic attacks are symptoms of an anxiety disorder and can be very frightening. It becomes a sudden occurrence of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. When panic attacks occur, you might think you’re losing control and your life is about to end. Another fact about panic is that this symptom is strikingly different from other types of anxiety. Most people face their first panic attack between the ages of 15-20 years.
Panic attacks are unexpected, appear to be unprovoked, and are often disabling.They begin abruptly, reach a peak within 10 minutes, but may continue for much longer if the sufferer had The attack triggered by a situation from which they are not able to escape. Sadly, most people who have never experienced a panic attack, or extreme anxiety, fail to realize the terrifying nature of the experience.
In panic attacks that last longer some sufferers may make frantic efforts to escape, which may be violent if others attempt to contain the sufferer. Some panic attacks can subside on their own over the next several hours. Some, notably first-time sufferers, may fear a heart attack and call for emergency services.
Subsequently, they develop a fear of being in crowded places, be it at work or a place of relaxation. The nature of the problem being what it is, most people prefer keeping quiet rather than seek immediate medical relief. Whereas in some parts of the world, statistics for the anxiety disorder are either unreliable or unavailable, it is estimated that in the U.S alone, 65-70 million people will suffer a panic attack at one time or another. And women are more likely to suffer than men. By any standard, this should be considered a serious health problem.
Anxiety attack disorders never go away by themselves and panic attacks need not be a life long condition. So when it comes to effectively curing oneself, it is best to visit a reputable psychotherapist. To address anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy is widely accepted by the top medical centres in the USA and U.K, as an effective form of psychotherapy treatment.
Capt. R.P.Bhalla is a retired airline captain and an expert on social affairs. He writes exclusively on Family, Health and Money matters.