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Anxiety and Panic Disorders

People with anxiety disorders display unrealistic or excessive anxiety and worry about life situations. During this state, the person will have a variety and number of symptoms.

Anxiety disorders begin most commonly in the 20- to 40-year-old age range.

Signs of anxiety disorder:

  • Unrealistic or excessive anxiety and worry
  • Motor tension -- trembling, twitching or feeling shaky
    • muscle tension, aches, soreness
    • restlessness and fatigue
  • Autonomic hyperactivity
    • shortness of breath
    • dizziness
    • rapid heart rate
    • nausea, diarrhea
    • sweating
    • hot flashes or chills
    • dry mouth
    • frequent urination
    • trouble swallowing
  • Vigilance and scanning
    • feeling keyed up or on edge
    • very easily startled
    • difficulty concentrating, mental block
    • trouble falling or staying asleep
    • irritable

People with panic disorder have recurrent, unexpected and seemingly unprovoked periods of intense fear that are often disabling. These periods are called panic attacks. The attacks can last for several terrifying minutes. At least three million Americans will have panic disorder at some point in their lives.

Signs of panic disorder:

  • Several unexpected panic attacks
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Autonomic hyperactivity
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Fear of dying or going crazy

If you or someone you know appears to suffer from anxiety or panic disorders, call for help.


    
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