Humans experience anxiety as a natural part of life. The world is a busy place with activities occurring all around us. Since most of us do not live in a bubble, we frequently come across circumstances that may not be comfortable. These situations may seem large or small, depending upon the viewpoint of the participant. That viewpoint determines whether or not the situation will precipitate a panic attack.
Choosing a dress for an important date may seem minor to most people, but to someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, this decision may occupy their waking thoughts for days or weeks prior to the event and cause great anxiety. When the feelings of excessive worrying, abnormal fear, or continually feeling out of control in life continue to the point a person's ability to live a normal life is affected, this is called an anxiety disorder. There are several types of these disorders, each with their own set of symptoms, causes, and treatments. The most common ones include:
- Specific Phobias
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
One of the ties that binds all of these disorders together is that sufferers may endure some minor form of panic attacks as part of their condition. The sets of attack symptoms are not always the same between the different categories, but there are a lot of similarities, such as dizziness, difficulty breathing and a racing heartbeat.
How do you know what kind of anxiety disorder you have? Psychologists, psychiatrists, and medical doctors have spent decades of time and millions of dollars discovering the best ways to classify mental illnesses. Does it really matter if you know which anxiety disorder you suffer from? Once you identify the problem, treating it becomes much easier. This is why it is important to consult with a health care professional who is trained to recognize and treat symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. Why prolong your healing if it is not necessary?