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Anxiety

Treatment for anxiety / panic.

Anxiety / Panic

Anxiety / Panic

Anxious conditions exist on a continuum ranging from the experience of constant low-level worry or agitation, to discreet and debilitating panic attacks. Fears, phobias, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and unwanted automatic reactions also fall within the category of anxiety disorders when they occur in the absence of a realistic threat.

Anxious conditions are thus disparate and broad, and are not easy to describe with a single list of markers. That said, the following list includes symptoms that are commonly cited:

  • worry
  • fear
  • agitation
  • trouble breathing
  • chest pain
  • dizziness
  • muscle weakness
  • stomach upset
  • thoughts of "going crazy"
  • fears of having a "heart attack" (without a medical basis)
  • trouble sleeping
  • ruminations or preoccupying thoughts
  • difficulty concentrating
  • the engagement of avoidance behaviors
  • the engagement of repetitive behaviors

Individuals suffering with anxiety or panic generally are plagued by only a few of these markers (not all of them), depending on the anxious condition. People with undiagnosed anxiety disorders can sometimes be known to "self-medicate" with calming substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, or other sedatives.