Anxiety disorder and anxiety attacks can take many forms (See page on Types of Anxiety which describes the 7 major forms that anxiety can take and inflict a person):
Insidious Chronic Anxiety Attack
- You can feel it as a vague, identifiable feeling of fear and discomfort – an uneasiness that is part of you no matter where you go or whatever situation you are in.
- It is always there.
- You wake up with it and it sees you off to sleep if you can sleep. You try to sleep but thoughts and feelings creep around in your mind.
- You cannot anything thing dangerous or that you should be concerned over. But it gnaws away at you leaving you with a pervasive sense of foreboding which invades and fills your whole body:
- Cramping your stomach
- Tingling your legs
- Filling your chest with a burning feeling
- Dreadful feelings, never-ending feelings of worry, concern which constantly invades your mind no matter what you do to prevent them from happening.
Severe Anxiety: a Panic Disorder and Panic AttackIt bursts out:
- Your heart pounds – you think it must be a heart attack
- You sweat and shake and your body is filled with tremors
- You can’t breath and you feel you are going to suffocate – there is just not enough air
- You feel dizzy and think you are about to pass out or faint
- You can’t sit still and pace up-and-down restlessly, constantly fidgetting, pulling at your hair, chewing your finger nails, picking at your skin
- You feel cut of from yourself; distant, almost as if you are divided off from everything around you by a pane of glass
- You feel nauseas and clammy
- You are certain you are going to die, but you doctor tells you, you are not going to have a heart attack or stroke. Worst of all, your doctor tells you there is nothing physically wrong with you.
What Can You Do?These feelings of anxiety and panic, be they in the ‘floating’ form of a Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or the all engulfing form of a Panic Attack, all seem to come out of the blue and be there for no apparent reason. The potential threat causing such a ‘fear reaction’ seems to be missing or of such a minor kind that this level of loss of control and helplessness seems out of proportion. These feelings of anxiety and panic attacks really begin to bother you. You find your mind is now starting to get filled with a whole set of new worries, concerns and anxieties. You start rehearsing a whole range of scenarios: WHAT IF……………..
- I driving on the freeway with traffic all around me and no place to pull off and one of these attacks occur
- I’m out on a date, with a stranger and these symptoms burst out
- Making a presentation at work. How will I every be able to face them again. They will think I can’t be trusted to do my job any more
- Wearing an outfit that shows up how much I am sweating and my tremors
You Feel HelplessIs This an Anxiety Disorder? You feel more and more helpless and start feeling less-and-less in control of your life, especially in the face of these anxiety feelings. What Can You Do About This Storm Of Physiological Symptoms? You can stop them from happening to you. So your first natural response is to avoid situations in which they occur or are likely to be triggered off. So you make sure you don’t get into situations from which you cannot escape in a flash and especially if you are not in control.
- You make especially sure you avoid crowed places
- No crowed shops
- No large Malls
- No Cinemas and Theatres
- No buses or public transport