Anxiety and panic are difficult to deal with, especially because they seem to have no tangible origins. This shed lights on the origins of this disorder, and what we can do to stop fearing them.
Do not occur often or for long periods of time; usually mild
Occur frequently enough to effect normal daily activities and can cause people to start limiting where they can go and what they can do
This is not just an article describing the signs, symptoms, and description of panic attacks or anxiety disorders. I am a sufferer of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and want to share with you what has best helped me through my affliction. If you are a sufferer of anxiety or panic, I’m sure this article will be of use to you and I know its long, but that’s because I want to take the time and explain everything that will make these better.
I know that most readers who have anxiety disorder or attacks are already aware of the symptoms. Because everybody’s anxiety is different, though, there are so many types of symptoms that sites can’t usually name them all. Every time I would feel a new symptom my mind would think disastrously, “They must have overlooked something. There really is something wrong with me.”
This is called catastrophic thinking, when your mind runs to the worst thought possible with every ache and pain. Below is a list of every symptom I have experienced so far. You may have experienced only one or maybe many of these, but I know when I felt a new symptom I hadn’t read about I was relieved when I found an anxiety site that listed it.
- Fatigue/Extreme tiredness or lack of energy (Because your muscles have been tense and working very hard to support your fight or flight response)
- Shaking (Muscles becoming tired)
- Loss of thoughts or ability to control motor functions
- Thirst or Dehydration
- A feeling of detachment from reality and your own body
- Shortness of breath
- Pressure on the chest
- “Tunnel Vision” or excess focus on one particular thing around you while everything else fades or blurs
- Feeling like you are going to die suddenly at any moment
- Feeling of slowly dying
- Feeling that your body is deteriorating
- Feeling of a stroke
- Feeling of a heart attack
- Feeling like your losing control of your mind and you are going crazy
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Sore muscles
- Cold sensation, which is usually followed by a:
- Warm sensation, mostly felt in the head
- Numbing or tingling in hands
- Feeling like you may hurt yourself or others
- Feel like you may lose control of your bladder
It is obvious that when a person experiences symptoms like these often that life is going to become a challenge. It makes it even tougher to focus on overcoming anxiety when others can’t understand what you are going through. Anxiety is often misunderstood for laziness or irresponsibility because others can’t see the painful or overwhelming struggle the sufferer experiences. I am writing this article because I currently struggle with this life-inhibiting disorder.