Anxiety Disorder Treatment
It is normal to feel anxiety once in a while, especially when we are under extreme stress. When anxiety happens frequently, however, subsequently controlling our life and impairing our everyday functioning, then it becomes a disorder that requires urgent attention.
Anxiety disorders may come in many types such as panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD, post traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. Panic attacks are symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Some people have given these attacks the title of ‘Anxiety Panic Attacks’. The symptoms of panic attacks are very different from extreme stress because they come suddenly, and can overwhelm the person. During panic attacks, the person can experience one or more of the following feelings:
- heart palpitation, pounding and racing heartbeat
- shortness of breath, choking sensation, as if they are trying to catch air
- fear or alarm that is both physically and mentally impairing to normal functioning
- trembling or shaking sensation of the body
- hot flashes, or sudden chills, cold sweats
- dreadful feeling that something very bad is going to happen or that they are going to die
- dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea
- chest pains, or chest discomfort
- nausea, abdominal distres
- tingling sensation in fingers or toes, like pricking pins and needles or ants crawling
Anxiety disorders are treatable. In general, anxiety disorder treatment may include therapy, medication and complementary and alternative treatments. Self-help strategies are also critical to anxiety disorder treatment. Usually, a combination of treatment works well for most people. ‘Anxiety panic attacks’ as such, with the right treatment and attention can usually be treated successfully. The choice of treatment will depend on the type of disorder and the patient’s preference. Success rate in anxiety disorder treatment will greatly depend on the quality of professional care, a strong support group and the patient’s determination to help him or herself.