About Agoraphobia

About Agoraphobia

Info on Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by the irrational fear of public places.  In particular, the sufferer fears and actively avoids places where it might be embarrassing or difficult to escape from.   It is a disorder that affects the quality of life and in extreme cases can confine someone to their home.

agoraphobiaPeople suffering from agoraphobia often have a panic disorder.  The thought of even being in certain places can bring about intense anxiety.  Large open areas where it is difficult to hide such as parks, airports, and malls are some common examples.  Other situations that can be difficult to escape from include elevators, driving, waiting lines, trains, planes, etc.

Overcoming agoraphobia often means having to face your fears.  Cognitive  and behavior therapy along with medications are can ease its severity.  Natural agoraphobia treatments are also available.

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Panic Disorders

Panic Disorders

Do You Think You Have a Panic Disorder?

If you struggle from repeated anxiety or panic attacks, it may be a sign that you suffer from a panic disorder. A panic disorder is a real and serious condition that should not be left untreated.

panic disorderOne aspect of a panic disorder is how it often it affects the quality of life because of constant worrying and fear that another panic attack is imminent.  This can cause irrational fears and behaviors that cause a change in daily routines and avoidance of places where an episode has previously occurred or where one might fear will occur.

Panic disorders typically develop between the teenage years and early adulthood.  Exact causes are unknown but the following are thought to put you at higher risk:

  • A family history of panic disorders
  • Major life transitions and traumas  such as a graduation, marriage, divorce, birth of a child, death in the family, and other life events
  • Brain abnormalities
  • Substance abuse

If you suspect you have a panic disorder, you should get help.  Learn about a natural panic disorder treatment.

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Panic Attack Symptoms

Panic Attack Symptoms

Symptoms of a Panic Attack

A panic attack is an sudden episode of intense anxiety and fear that often occurs for seemingly no apparent reason.  They are characterized by severe physical reactions, mounting nervousness, and feelings of  discomfort.  It typically reaches its peak within minutes.  One can feel that they are losing control and it can be a truly frightening experience.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as the DSM IV, the following are the symptoms of a panic attack:

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feeling of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy
  • Fear of dying
  • Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • Chills or hot flushes

If you experience 4 or more of these symptoms, you may suffer from panic attacks.

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