ANXIETY, PANIC AND STRESS
Everyone feels anxious now and then -- when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with your ability to lead a normal life.
Researchers don’t know exactly what brings on anxiety disorders. Like other forms of illness, they stem from a combination of things, including changes in your brain and environmental stress, and even your genes. The disorders can run in families and could be linked to faulty circuits in the brain that control fear and other emotions.
When you get anxiety you feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason. If it is not controlled it can lead to panic attacks. Panic attack happens when you feel fear, and uneasiness. You feel terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, you may also sweat, have chest pain, and feel palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.
Some anxiety called Social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You fixate about others judging you or on being embarrassed or ridiculed. Other specific anxiety phobias can make you feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.
With these disorders come physical
symptoms such as: