Anxiety – Causes of Anxiety attacks and Symptoms

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People often describe anxiety attacks as terrifying episodes of intense fear, terror, dread and/or panic.  Although everyone at one time or another feels stressed or anxious, when it becomes overwhelming or constant and interferes with your life, activities and relationship, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Some of the primary symptoms and signs that may indicate anxiety disorders include:

? Continuously being plagued by irrational fears that will not go away or always anticipating the worst
? Perpetually being on edge, worried, anxious or nervous
? Avoiding regular daily activities or situations because they make you feel nervous
? Feeling as though a great catastrophe will happen and is going to harm or injure you or your loved ones
? Suddenly experiencing a frightening, severe, unexpected panic attack for no apparent reason
? Believing that changing a routine will cause terrible consequences

With disorders including anxiety, causes of anxiety episodes can differ between individuals.  One person may experience extreme anxiety for no apparent reason while someone else feels completely panicky because a friend is coming for a visit.  One individual could have invasive, frightening, uncontrollable thoughts, while another fears driving because he or she believes the car will not stop.

Some of the many physical symptoms people may experience during an anxiety attack include rapid heart rate, dizziness, chest pain, choking sensations, nausea, muscle tension, and hot flashes.

Causes of Anxiety

Problem Anxiety – Some of the causes of problem anxiety may include effects of drugs, a medical or mental condition or a combination of the three.  Some of the medical conditions that may cause anxiety disorders include asthma, drug withdrawal, anaemia, or various heart conditions.

Phobic Disorder – An anxiety disorder characterized by irrational and extreme fear of social situations or specific things, a phobic disorder is a common term that covers most phobias.  Some examples of common phobias include an irrational fear of snakes, spiders, heights, open spaces, clowns and social gatherings.

Separation Anxiety Disorder – Usually an anxiety disorder experienced by children, diagnosis often occurs when a child suddenly becomes extremely anxious or terrified of being away from their parents or caregivers.  An example of this separation anxiety occurring includes a child having an attack when going to bed at night or leaving for school each morning.

Short Term Causes – Emotional problems or dramatic events such as the death of a loved one, a divorce or losing your job could set off an anxiety attack.

Talk to your doctor if you are having anxiety attacks because there is help available.

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