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The goal is to calm, for everyone who has experienced anxiety attacks must know that caffeine, illicit drugs, and even some over-the-counter cold medications can aggravate the symptoms of anxiety disorder. However, it is very important to recognize the anxiety symptoms and be aware of the correct treatment once an attack occurs.
What is anxiety?
Fear is the human’s body innate response to actual danger or threat. Anxiety is also a body's reaction to a perceived, anticipated or imagined danger or threatening situation. Anxiety comes in many different forms. This disorder might be a fear of snakes or spiders, or stage fright before an important speech. However, it may also be a non-stop worry about one’s parenting skills, or a constant fretting about success at work. Others might not think that someone’s feelings of anxiety are rational or logical, but in the patient’s mind the dangers or fears they perceive are very real.
Anxiety is a common occurrence. Most people experience it before or after stressful situations or traumatic events. Anxiety symptoms could also develop spontaneously, even when a threatening situation is not immediately apparent. Anxiety represents a continuum including everything from ordinary symptoms of distress up to life consuming disabilities, and most people who suffer from anxiety fall somewhere in between.
What is an anxiety attack, and what is an anxiety disorder?
If a patient is suffering from an anxiety disorder, anxiety is much more than an occasional nervousness and fear. Characteristics of an anxiety disorder include anxiety which is constant, unrelenting and all-consuming. It also includes anxiety that causes self-imposed isolation or complete emotional withdrawal, and an anxiety that prevents certain normal activities, such as going outside or interacting with other people.
Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, are unexpected episodes of intense terror or fear that usually come without warning. Although the fear is generally irrational, the perceived danger is very real, and the person experiencing an anxiety attack will often feel as if they are about to die or pass out, so this could be particularly frightening. It is because overwhelming fear and worry can easily take over and make life seem like it is just too hard for these people to live.