For the most part we take our daily events and happenings as all a part of a normal routine, another regular day. But for many, many poor suffering individuals, millions of them across the globe, each new day brings with it a chance to have a type of nervous breakdown, often called a severe anxiety or panic disorder.
Not helping matters is the fact that these attacks manifest themselves in numerous ways. There are six categories of anxiety disorder and each disorder has it’s own particular symptoms associated with it
Generalized anxiety disorder:
Folks suffering from this condition are hampered by a state of continued thoughts that some negative or harmful event or news is inevitable in their lives. It’s very discomforting because they usually cannot point to any specific reason or cause that makes them feel this way. It’s just an ongoing lingering sensation that engenders a perpetual state of worry and fear.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is comprised of thinking and behavior patterns that resist one’s ability to control them. The condition is typically thought of someone who goes to extremes in their pursuits. Constant cleaning of one’s self or their living quarters due to a compulsive obsession with germs. Or a overly reliant focus on medication as is common with hypochondriacs
Panic disorder is a terribly destructive affliction since it results in a terrifying fear and can really hamper one’s ability to live their life in a normal fashion. This is due to several factors. Firstly, panic attacks often appear out of nowhere, so the sufferer is always apprehensive that one might occur at any moment. This ongoing fear then leads to them sequestering themselves and never venturing out to public places, a condition called agoraphobia.
Phobias are composed of bigger than life fears of a particular entity or activity. It’s not uncommon to hear of people describing their fear of heights, or water, or snakes even though their exposure at the time does not represent a threat. Even though that garden snake is behind a Plexiglass shield, to the person with a snake phobia, it’s about to wrap itself around their neck. Making matters worse, the fear compounds itself as the sufferer tries to avoid exposure to their fear.
Post-traumatic stress disorder:
Post-traumatic stress disorder takes place after a traumatic or life changing occurrence. Typically, an individual will suffer from nightmares and flashbacks of the influential event which can manifest into anti-social behaviors. This has been well documented with soldiers returning from battle with a frozen “thousand yard stare” or the high suicide rates of current gulf war veterans. At best, the sufferer will withdraw themselves from regular contact
Social anxiety disorder:
Social anxiety disorder is a relatively common infliction in many, its severity merely a matter of degree. This disorder causes the person to be extremely nervous in public, even going so far to be paranoid that others are out to humiliate them publicly. Once again, it’s not unusual for most everyone to feel some akwardness in public. Especially when undertaking activities such as public speaking. It’s commonly called shyness. Of course, the shyness tends to the extreme.
On top of the behavioral and social dilemmas, such disorders often result in physical discomfort such as nausea, adrenaline surges, a pounding heart, profuse perspiration, headaches, insomnia, jitters, nightmares, and depression, among other symptoms.
Fortunately for sufferers there is a variety of treatments available for people afflicted with these disorders. Whether it’s a conventional approach using traditional medicine or an alternative one using less established, but still promising therapies, sufferers must be committed to do their due diligence and remain committed to their treatment.