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Anxiety and panic disorder in everyday life

From our own experience, we all know anxiety, fear, and nervousness, as it is inherent in human life, a natural reaction to unexpected or stressful situations. Anxiety can have different effects, and as a negative effect, it is very easy to develop a mental illness, an anxiety disorder, with which, moreover, the most common mental disorder associated with panic disorder. How it can develop and what its symptoms are, my article reveals!

Most of the time, we experience anxiety when we find ourselves in important performance situations, such as before an exam or before admission, during a public performance, or in other precarious life situations. According to today's psychological perception, by the way, anxiety is nothing more than a reaction to some perceived or real emergency, that is, it is never the situation itself, but its evaluation triggers a feeling of anxiety. Although anxiety can have different effects, it can have positive or negative effects on the individual. A positive effect can be, for example, the development of problem-solving ability or an increase in performance, but a negative effect can also be inhibition when an individual is paralyzed in a given situation and performs far below.

Anxiety can manifest itself in physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, which can vary greatly from individual to individual. Physical symptoms include flushing of the face, dry mouth, sweating, rapid heartbeat, tightness of the chest, diarrhea and urination, persistent tension in the skeletal muscle. Emotionally, we can experience a nervous tension, an anxious feeling similar to fear, which can very easily turn into a panic attack. Panic disorder is one of the psychiatric disorders associated with anxiety, the essence of which is the intense feeling of fear that suddenly strikes the individual from time to time, the panic attack. This feeling can be so strong that the person at first does not even know what is happening to him. Many people think they have developed some serious illness (most commonly referred to as a heart attack), others identify with a particular situation or location where the panic attack occurred. A panic attack usually starts suddenly, reaches its peak within 10 minutes and lasts for about half an hour, but it can also take hours or even a day.

Based on all this, of course, it is natural that the individual tries to get rid of the feeling of anxiety as soon as possible, but inadequate resolution of anxiety can give rise to new problems. The biggest danger is alcohol and taking drugs unduly, because addiction can easily develop. People with anxiety disorders, if left untreated in the long term, may feel more and more hopeless, their mood will deteriorate, and they will have an increasing mental burden of enduring anxiety, so anxiety disorders are often accompanied by depression.

Anxiety and panic disorder can also be associated with a variety of mental states. However, anxiety disorder can be described as a mental illness in which anxiety is the most important symptom and which occurs intensively in certain life situations. These so-called anxiety conditions can be cured, but this condition is not always easy to recognize on our own, so we need the help of a specialist, a psychologist who can recognize anxiety disorders with an expert eye. If you feel that you also have panic disorder, anxiety disorder, contact me with confidence!