Sunday, July 8, 2012

Panic Attacks, Anxiety Attacks, and Anxiety Disorder

Panic attacks are similar to anxiety attacks but don't continue chronically for over a month, you have the same symptoms, which are: palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, sense of choking, chest pain, nausea or stomach upset, dizziness, feeling of being detached, fear of dying, numbness or tingling, and hot or cold flashes.  Although with anxiety attacks or generalized anxiety disorder, you have them chronically for over six months, and in addition have at least three or more of these symtoms: restlessness, easily tired, irritability, trouble concentrating, muscle tension, and sleep problems.  One usually lasts ten minutes, but with generalized anxiety disorder, they can last longer and are more intense.  You should seek treatment if you have these symptoms and it's affecting your life, work, social, or family, etc.   Or if you feel you need medication to make it tolerable.  With generalized anxiety disorder sometimes it can be the result of a mental issue that needs to be controlled by daily medications, like some antidepressants.  Never let it go on when it's affecting your quality of life or if it's bad enough, you might need to go to an ER if your physician is closed.  Call your physician if you know they're open and either tell them you're going or, if it's not emergent call them and ask if you should go to the ER or to their office.  Go on how you feel, if you need to go to the ER, trust yourself, you know your body better than anyone!  Stay Informed!

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