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An Introduction to Panic Anxiety Disorder

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on July 12, 2011 - 7:06 pm (4213 views — 391 words)

Panic anxiety disorder refers to the fear and discomfort of an individual that unpredictably arises, not less than 10 minutes, and last more than one hour; more often the cause is not evident.

Meanwhile, the panic anxiety disorder is a broad topic that needs thorough understanding. Read on the following summary of classifications, manifestations, and effects to individuals which cause their panic anxiety disorders.

1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The person with GAD will most likely manifest long lasting attacks of anxiety, which is not usually limited to a certain object or situation. The patient may experience long lasting period of tensions and fears about anything. This is considered to be a common panic disorder manifested by adults.

2. Phobias. The anxiety is activated by the terror of a particular situation, stimulus, or item. The outcome of the attack may cause big negative consequences after being faced to the most feared stimuli. Among the main reasons of severe attack of anxiety are social anxiety phobia and agoraphobia.

3. Panic Disorder. Whenever the person has panic attacks, he may manifest different symptoms such as hyperventilation, sweating, tension, tremors, dizziness, increase heart rate, etc. There is a sudden onset of the attack, but there are different causes for the attack.

4. Separation Anxiety. The person may experience anxiety when they are separating themselves from their friends, family, object, or place. This is a normal occurrence with small kids and babies but it is just only a disorder when the fears are inapt or extreme and starts to negatively affect the individual's life.

5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is always caused primarily by traumatic experience of the person. Having encountered an environment or scene that reminds them of the incident, they would suffer severe angst and frequently find themselves re-experiencing the event.

6. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. OCD people have the tendency to experience severe panic attacks whenever they have incomplete tasks just like washing their hands frequently or locking the door for several times. This will turn into obsessions, which would make the individual perform ritualistic behavior; whenever he is interrupted in the tasks, he will be experiencing panic attacks.

Panic anxiety attacks may be life-disabling for an individual, but like any other mental condition, this can be treated and managed successfully. If left untreated, it might get worse wherein the individual’s life is gravely affected.