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Anxiety is one of the most common and frequently occurring disorders, including a group of conditions that share anxiety as the principal disturbance of mood or emotions. Anxiety, which may be understood as the extreme counterpart of normal fear, is manifest by disturbances of mood, as well as of thinking, behaviour. This may manifest as a panic disorder such as agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, acute stress disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Anxiety disorders are common across all human cultures often causing recurrent illness and periods of disability. Panic disorder and agoraphobia are sometimes associated with suicidal tendencies.


A panic attack is a period of intense fear or discomfort that is associated with numerous physical and psychological symptoms such as sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath, trembling, sensations of choking or smothering and chest pain, to name but a few. Severity of the attacks varies widely, concern and avoidance behaviour are essential features. Depression, alcoholism and substance abuse frequently complicate panic disorder.


The most common type of therapy used to treat anxiety is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of treatment that helps patients explore and understand their thoughts and feelings that impact their behaviours with a specific time frame and goals. This form of therapy strives to help those with an anxiety disorder identify and decrease the irrational thoughts and behaviours that reinforce anxiety symptoms. CBT seeks to assist the anxiety sufferer decrease the tendency to pay excessive attention to perceived threats and has been found to be very helpful. Every client is assessed individually and in cases where CBT has not been successful, other methods are available. Behavioural techniques that are often used to decrease anxiety include relaxation techniques such as meditation. Gradually increasing exposure to situations that may have previously precipitated anxiety in the individual is also a useful intervention. Helping the client to understand how to handle the emotional forces that may have contributed to developing symptoms has also been found to be effective in educating a client with panic disorder. Empowering the client to prevent an anxiety attack or to decrease or stop a panic attack once it starts gives a client a new outlook on life.


It can be difficult for family and friends to stand by and watch a loved one deal with an anxiety disorder. However, there are things you can do to help, even if you haven't dealt with this type of anxiety yourself. With your support and professional counselling, your loved one can overcome this anxiety. It is better for you to be supportive and empathic, but not intrusive and overbearing. If your loved one is already seeing a counsellor, remind them to keep their appointments and help them follow the counsellor’s instructions. Looking after a loved one with an anxiety disorder can be difficult, so be sure to take care of yourself, too.

Specific phobias are defined as an intense, irrational fear of a specific object, such as a dog, or a situation, such as flying. However, fears of animals, situations and natural occurrences are common in childhood, and often go away. Many people with any type of anxiety disorder are typically misdiagnosed as being "depressed''. This is because most people with an anxiety disorder, including panic disorder and social anxiety, are naturally "depressed" over their anxiety and the significant impairment it causes in their daily lives. The main point is that it is the anxiety that causes the depression and not the other way around. Once the anxiety is overcome, the depression goes away with it.


Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Free Support for Anxiety & Panic Attacks

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Free Support for Anxiety & Panic Attacks

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