Panic and anxiety disorders are one of the most common reason Americans seek professional help. People suffering from panic and anxiety disorders experience uncontrolable fear, worry, and nervousness, to higher degrees than their circumstances require and feel this way when most individuals would not. For those suffering from an anxiety disorder these intense feelings are uncontrollable and relentless and because of this many are very afraid that they are either “going crazy or are crazy.” Individuals also experience physical symptoms along with their constant state of worry.

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

difficulty concentrating :
fidgeting, twitching, trembling, numbness in hands feet rashes
head aches, muscle tension and aches sweating
difficulty swallowing nausea
difficulty breathing
insomnia irritability agitation
hot flashes
Some individuals have panic attacks accompanying their anxiety disorder. They may experience one panic attack or several episodes of panic attacks. What makes panic attacks especially scary is that can come “out of the blue” with no identifiable trigger/s. During a panic attack one experiences an acute upsurge in frightening physical sensations which peak in a matter of minutes.

Symptoms of Panic Attacks:

heart palpitations pounding accelerated heart rate chest pain or discomfort
sweating trembling shaking chills hot flashes numbness or tingling
shortness of breath, feeling as if being smothered or choking
feeling detached from ones body
fear of dying
fear of loosing control
The incessant worry and non stop nervousness of anxiety/panic disorders can consume and impact every aspect of person’s life including careers and all their relationships, In an effort to manage their anxiety individuals may use substances or engage in a behavioral addiction. Others may make their lives very small avoiding their usual activities, people and ignoring relationships in a constant effort to relieve themselves of stress..

Those suffering with anxiety/panic disorders frequently isolate and will avoid going certain places such as airplanes, crowded public spaces, for fear of having a panic attack quite understandably, anxiety/panic disorders lead to feelings of sadness,depression, hopelessness, low self worth and low motivation.

Do people recover from panic and anxiety disorders? Without a doubt, I have witnessed it. Treatment and types of therapies are tailored for each client based upon the type and severity of the their anxiety/panic disorder. Most treatment plans include using tools to decrease the fearful thoughts and physical symptoms of anxiety and restore calm to your mind and body. Any traumatic event or traumatic events at the root of the anxiety/panic disorder are worked through. In some cases the combination of medication and therapy provide for the most positive outcome in treatment. The decision to use medication in tandem with therapy is always processed in therapy and the ultimate decisions is entirely left to the individual.

Make an appointment and start on the road to health, well-being and reentering your life.