ANXIETY DISORDERS
PANIC DISORDER
Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder causing recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. These can cause intense feelings of terror for no reason, as well as physical symptoms, such as:
• Fast heartbeat
• Chest pain
• Breathing difficulty
• Dizziness
This can lead to more intense worry about when the next attack with happen, and can cause fear and complete avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past.
THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS, INCLUDING PANIC DISORDER AND PHOBIA
PHOBIA
A Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. The fear may not make sense, but they feel powerless to stop it. There are many specific phobias. For example, Acrophobia is a fear of heights, Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and Claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. Other common phobias involve tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, animals and blood.
People with Phobias try to avoid what they are afraid of. If they cannot, they may experience:
• Panic and fear
• Rapid heartbeat
• Shortness of breath
• Trembling
• A strong desire to get away
SOURCES
National Insitute of Mental Health: Anxiety Disorders.
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Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Specific Phobias.
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