Treatments for Anxiety Disorder

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Millions of people suffer from one type of nervous illness or another.  It is in no way shameful to become inflicted with this terrible, yet common sickness.  Sometimes, in the early stages of a nervous illness, the sufferer will be bewildered and not understanding of the signs and symptoms of anxiety panic disorder and will wonder what kind of malady is disrupting his life.

This article will explain some of the more familiar manifestations of anxiety because recognizing these symptoms is the first step to controlling this illness.

It starts with a little fear

It is common for a person to experience some anxiety in certain situations.  Sometimes, this anxiety comes from some relatively normal phobia such as fear of flying or claustrophobia brought on by being in small spaces such as an elevator.  Though such phobias may have to be dealt with at some time, they are often relatively benign when they don't interfere with a person's lifestyle to a great degree.

It is when a person becomes concerned with the sensations their phobia has caused and starts to become fearful, and sometimes even obsessed over the likelihood of these anxieties returning, he starts to bring his somewhat normal fear into the realm of an anxiety disorder.  It is in short, ones fear of fear that leads normal anxiety to full-blown anxiety disorder.

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Anxiety panic disorder sufferers often believe they are having a heart attack because they are experiencing a heavy or rapid, thumping heartbeat.  Though anyone fearing a heart attack should have a medical professional check him out, he will usually find out his heart is fine.  The adrenaline being secreted through an anxious person's body because of his fear makes him feel these disconcerting sensations in the area of the heart.

Those who are experiencing anxiety often complain about a lump in the throat and even an inability to swallow.  Again adrenaline and the tightening of the muscles in the area of the throat can cause this.

Sometimes people even complain about blurred vision when they are anxious.  This blurred vision has been described as seeing everything like it is on an old film.  Again this and many more upsetting sensations are often brought on by nothing more than an overdose of adrenaline being pumped through the bloodstream.

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These sensations, though they feel awful to the anxious person, are medically insignificant.  However, when an anxious person doesn't understand this, he is likely to become very concerned about them.  This concern causes him to try harder to stave them off and it is this trying that pumps more adrenaline through the system.

At some point, as the adrenaline continues to flow and the fear of the sensations the adrenaline is bringing on continues to pour more adrenaline throughout the system, the anxious person will experience a full fledged panic attack.

This where anxiety panic disorder begins.  However, this condition is quite treatable.  The fear-adrenaline-fear cycle can be unwound and it is this unwinding which is the key to losing anxiety.