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lest it gain control....

Please

 

^^^picture at hand. An exaggeration of someone with irrational fear...impending doom....terror. Terror is what i was going for here...which is why i distorted my face and the scream, and the bloody nose.... (no my face really isn't that long people come on ;))

  

Panic

anxiety

Generalized anxiety disorder

social anxiety disorder

post traumatic stress.....

 

All of these are awful awful afflictions. Very very common ones as well.

I personally have major social anxiety. I can't stay in a market or a crowded space for long amts of time, or i feel like everyone there is looking at me, thinking about me, i get hot sweaty, i feel as if i am going to vomit, pass out, have a heart attack... i get violent...i feel like everyone is out to get me. It is no fun. At all.

My best friend suffers from major anxiety issues as well.

 

THis picture is portraying irrational panic...paralyzing fear.... mainly all of the above, and then some.

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"All of a sudden, I felt a tremendous wave of fear for no reason at all. My heart was pounding, my chest hurt, and it was getting harder to breathe. I thought I was going to die."

 

"I'm so afraid. Every time I start to go out, I get that awful feeling in the pit of my stomach and I'm terrified that another panic attack is coming or that some other, unknown terrible thing was going to happen."

What are the symptoms of a panic attack?

 

As described above, the symptoms of a panic attack appear suddenly, without any apparent cause. They may include

 

* racing or pounding heartbeat (palpitations);

* chest pains;

* stomach upset;

* dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea;

* difficulty breathing, a sense of feeling smothered;

* tingling or numbness in the hands;

* hot flashes or chills;

* dreamlike sensations or perceptual distortions;

* terror: a sense that something unimaginably horrible is about to occur and one is powerless to prevent it;

* a need to escape;

* fear of losing control and doing something embarrassing; and

* fear of dying.

 

A panic attack typically lasts for several minutes, is one of the most distressing conditions that a person can experience, and its symptoms can closely mimic those of a heart attack. Typically, most people who have one attack will have others, and when someone has repeated attacks with no other apparent physical or emotional cause, or feels severe anxiety about having another attack, he or she is said to have panic disorder. A number of other emotional problems can have panic attacks as a symptom. Some of these illnesses include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and intoxication or withdrawal from certain drugs of abuse .

 

Anxiety attacks that take place while sleeping, also called nocturnal panic attacks, occur less often than do panic attacks during the daytime, but affect about 40%-70% of those who suffer from daytime panic attacks. Nocturnal panic attacks tend to cause sufferers to wake suddenly from sleep in a state of sudden anxiety for no apparent reason and can have all the other symptoms of a panic attack. The duration of nocturnal panic attacks tends to be less than 10 minutes, but it can take much longer to fully calm down for those who experience them.

 

What are panic attacks?

 

Panic attacks may be symptoms of an anxiety disorder. These attacks are a serious health problem in the U.S. At least 1.7% of adult Americans, or about 3 million people, will have panic attacks at some time in their lives, with the peak age at which people have their first panic attack (onset) being 15 to 19 years. Another fact about panic is that this symptom is strikingly different from other types of anxiety; panic attacks are so very sudden and often unexpected, appear to be unprovoked, and are often disabling.

 

Once someone has had a panic attack, for example, while driving, shopping in a crowded store, or riding in an elevator, he or she may develop irrational fears, called phobias, about these situations and begin to avoid them. Eventually, the pattern of avoidance and level of anxiety about another attack may reach the point where the mere idea of doing things that preceded the first panic attack triggers future panic attacks, resulting in the individual with panic disorder being unable to drive or even step out of the house. At this stage, the person is said to have panic disorder with agoraphobia. Thus, there are two types of panic disorder: panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. Like other major illnesses, panic disorder can have a serious impact on a person's daily life unless the individual receives effective treatment.

 

Panic attacks in children may result in the child's grades declining, avoiding school and other separations from parents, as well as substance abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, plans, and/or actions.

Are panic attacks serious?

 

Yes, panic attacks are real, potentially quite emotionally disabling, but they can be controlled with specific treatments. Because of the disturbing symptoms that accompany panic attacks, they may be mistaken for heart attacks or some other life-threatening medical illness. In fact, up to 25% of people who visit emergency rooms because of chest pain are actually experiencing panic. As a result, people with this symptom often undergo extensive medical tests to rule out these other conditions.

 

Medical personnel generally attempt to reassure the panic-attack sufferer that he or she is not in great danger. But these efforts at reassurance can sometimes add to the patient's difficulties: If the doctors use expressions such as "nothing serious," "all in your head," or "nothing to worry about," this may give the incorrect impression that there is no real problem and that treatment is not possible or necessary. The point is that while panic attacks can certainly be serious, they are not organ-threatening.

 

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