Anxiety, Worry & Stress

Stress, worry and anxiety are all normal parts of life. Anxiety symptoms are a normal part of your body’s system to help it deal with physical danger. When this system is triggered a series of biochemical reactions occur that get you ready to run for your life or fight for your life. Sometimes these symptoms escalate to such a point that they are debilitating. When this happens you are probably experiencing a panic attack.

Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear or extreme anxiety. They occur when the ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered, although there is no sign of danger. They appear to happen without warning and can last for a few minutes or up to half an hour. After the attack, it might take some time to start to feel ok again.

During a panic attack you may experience the following symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • pounding heart
  • dizzy or light-headed
  • tingling fingers or feet
  • feeling faint
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking
  • hot or cold flushes
  • dry mouth
  • nausea or butterflies
  • blurred vision
  • muscle tension

 
All anxiety disorders are associated with anxiety symptoms and panic attacks however the specific triggers for the anxiety symptoms differ. It is the object of the fear than differentiates between the anxiety disorders. The disorders listed below are common anxiety disorders and can all co-occur with conditions like bipolar disorder and cause daily stress to sufferers. Social anxiety disorder; generalized anxiety disorder; panic disorder; OCD.