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Anxiety Attacks Treatment

Anxiety Attacks Treatment

Seeking out anxiety attacks treatment can be a real adventure for individuals with chronic anxiety. One reason for this is that, very often, people with severe anxiety have difficulty making decisions, scheduling doctor’s appointments, and things of this nature. Even if this isn’t the case for some, it can be difficult finding the right treatment option for the individual. The drugs may not work. The therapeutic process may be too slow going and not address the person’s very real, very extreme condition quickly enough. It can be a lot more difficult finding true relief than many people realize.

Of course, we all worry. That is to be expected in both a social sense as well as a mortal one. It is perfectly natural, normal, and healthy to worry. After all, it is fear and worry that keep us from jumping in front of moving vehicles or off cliffs! However, when these fears prevent you from living a normal life, then they are obviously problems which need to be addressed.

For this reason, it is important that we understand what actually causes debilitating anxiety. Once you know the cause, you can reverse engineer your panic attacks and anxiety away, or so we hope. While there are a handful of contributors to the condition, both physical and psychological in nature, there are only a handful of identifiable root causes.

One of these “root causes” is that for many people, anxiety has become a physiological habit. In other words, people who often complain of experiencing severe anxiety symptoms actually move their bodies and breathe in such a way where anxiety would occur by default. One way to test this out is to breathe fully, allow you face to hold a light and relatively happy expression, and then lean your body forward like you are really engaged with life.

Obviously, this is the kind of activity that takes some work, and not all anxiety sufferers are willing to put in this much work when they are smack dab in the middle of a panic attack. However, my next suggestion requires less conscious effort, but is more physically demanding. Are you ready? Exercise! There is absolutely nothing like exercise when it comes to fighting anxiety. Seriously. Nothing. No drugs or behavioral conditioning or cognitive therapy… nothing.

A healthy, mostly raw produce centered diet runs a close second. But seriously, I challenge you to, even right in the heat of a terrible panic attack, to jump on a treadmill and start sprinting your butt off. Lift weights. Work your body out like a maniac. When it’s all said and done, you will be so relaxed and feeling so good that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Turn exercise into a habit and you just may lick this whole anxiety thing altogether!

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Anxiety Attacks Causes

Can anxiety lead to more anxiety? Of course it can. In fact, if chronic anxiety goes untreated for too long, the sufferer may start going crazy. Much of the time, severe anxiety doesn’t let up. Yes, it can worsen in certain situations, but it’s always bad. And it is extremely common for the physical symptoms of anxiety disorder to cause the individual to panic, which leads to increased physical symptoms which leads to more panic, and on and on it goes…

Unfortunately, even though this is a condition that can render people inactive, reclusive, and even suicidal, an alarmingly low percentage of men and women ever seek out treatment. There are a few theories of why this is. The two most common, and logical theories I’ve heard is that for one, the individual may be embarrassed about it. They don’t want to be looked at as though they’re crazy. But I am convinced that the most obvious reason is the anxiety itself.

Asking someone with severe anxiety to pick up the phone, make a doctor’s appointment, go outside, get in the car, drive to the doctor’s office, talk to people, and so forth is a lot like asking someone with a broken leg to walk to the hospital. For starters, the anxiety victim is likely too afraid to make phone calls and talk about him or herself and his or her problems. But beyond that, anxiety usually clouds up the thought process, robs a person of their confidence, and usually renders them unable to take a lot of basic actions that many “normal” people take for granted.

So let’s take a quick look at how “anxiety” is actually defined. Quite simply, it means worry. While this is something that we all do, and rightly so, people with general or social anxiety disorder can’t seem to turn off the switch. Individuals who do not suffer from this condition have a healthy amount of worry and skepticism that keeps them from getting hit by cars or eaten by alligators. If anyone were to come face-to-face with a hungry gator, for example, they’d probably be pretty scared, if not terrified.

An individual with severe anxiety disorder feels this same level of panic when they’re trying to sleep at night… or when they shower… or when they eat… or when they try to read a book. It never stops. As mentioned above, it gets worse in some situations. But it’s always there. And it can really cheat a person out of enjoying a happy, fruitful life. And this is a real shame, because the condition is not really fully understood by the public at large, and for this reason, folks with severe anxiety often feel outcast and even more afraid of other people.

Treatments will vary from person to person, and can include medical or psychological intervention, group therapy, self-help techniques, breathing and relaxation techniques, and various other popular options. Perhaps the one treatment that has been proven more effective than the rest on a more consistent basis is a dramatic lifestyle change. Regular, heart-pounding exercise, a diet consisting almost exclusively of raw produce and whole grains, and lots of sunshine have been shown to radically alter brain function, often times banishing anxiety once and for all!

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Alleviating Anxiety

Alleviating Anxiety

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Anxiety comes with a whole host of physical and psychological manifestations. Irregular heartbeat, racing thoughts, feelings of dread, and sometimes even an inability to face other people. Alleviating anxiety is something that a great many of us wish we could do. Others don’t even realize they have anxiety, even though all the symptoms are present.

Among these symptoms are intense abdominal cramps, shortness of breath, erratic breathing patterns, and so many racing thoughts that it may be difficult to focus and act upon just one. Those who suffer from these symptoms may not even realize that they do, in fact, have anxiety. Still, these symptoms may just trouble them enough for them to see a doctor, where the appropriate diagnosis can be made.

One of the first and most helpful things a person can understand about this often debilitating condition is that he or she is not alone. In fact, there are millions upon millions of other going through similar, if not identical experiences. These individuals are often comforted by knowing that they are part of a very large group, and are by no means “crazy.”

Not all anxiety is created equal. This is an important fact to understand, as there are always healthy levels of fear and worry that keep us alive as human beings. Self-preservation itself could be viewed as a mild sort of anxiety. We don’t want to get hurt, we don’t want to die, and we don’t want these things for other, either. This is normal and natural. It is when the anxiety keeps you from making eye contact, engaging in conversation, or even leaving the house that it becomes truly problematic.

So what actually causes excessive amounts of anxiety? Well, as I mentioned above, there is a really simple and practical explanation, which is self-preservation. People who have chronic anxiety are basically locked into a consistent state of “fight-or-flight,” and this, like depression, is caused by an imbalance in the brain’s uptake receptors. As a result, too much adrenaline is produced and the mind and body go into an overly anxious state, sometimes to the point of panic.

So what can be done about anxiety? Well, there are a number of medications which can help. There are also relaxation techniques you can apply in certain situations. One really simple, but highly effective technique is to lean your body forward and get into a confident, engaged position. Aside from that, I am a very firm believer in the power of a healthy lifestyle. Some good, heart-pounding exercise and lots of fresh, raw produce can work absolute wonders when it comes to dealing with anxiety.

Remember, in the Western world, we are all capable of fulfilling our own destinies. We can choose where to live, who to surround ourselves with, where to work, and what information to take in. We can also choose how to respond to various situations. What does this mean? It means that anxiety can often be alleviated just be creating a better life for yourself. Surrounding yourself with beautiful surroundings, wonderfully supportive and kind individuals, and work that gives you a sense of purpose is a magnificent way to go about living your life.

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Anxiety Attacks Information

Most people don’t realize just how severe anxiety disorder can become. Some people refuse to step outside their homes, make eye contact, engage in conversation, or really do anything that regular, healthy, productive members of society do. Please understand, this doesn’t describe everyone who suffers from anxiety, and the following anxiety attacks information should help you better understand the nature of this condition, as well as a few powerful treatment options that may be of interest to you.

Anxiety, as an emotion, is something that even the smartest, healthiest, and most competent people on the planet experience on a regular basis. In fact, if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be considered smart, healthy, or competent whatsoever. Literally, the emotion known as fear or anxiety is what keeps us away from harmful situations. It breeds quality skepticism and prevents us from falling prey to someone who tells us they’ve got an invisible unicorn in a box that they’ll sell to us for 5 thousand dollars!

Again, referring to the emotion, anxiety is what keeps us in our own lane while driving, instead of swerving into oncoming traffic. Anxiety, combined with logic, is what makes us study for Friday’s test on the previous Tuesday instead of the following Sunday. It keeps us safe, productive, and free. But once more, we are referring to a whole different animal here.

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This is where everything goes terribly wrong. It turns healthy, responsible “alertness” into a living nightmare that many would rather die than to experience another day of. It is a debilitating, irrational fear that shakes us to the core, paralyzes us, and renders us unable to function.

It is often accompanied by symptoms such as trembling, shortness of breath, total body stiffness and pain, rapid and terrifying heartbeat, dizziness, total confusion, paranoia, and a constant sense of impending doom. And these are just to name a few of the unbelievably uncomfortable situations that people living with chronic panic attacks experience on a daily basis. And yes, these symptoms are every bit as physical in nature as they are psychological.

One of the most common manifestations of anxiety attacks is the classic case of an individual being rushed to the ER because they thought they were having a heart attack, couldn’t breathe, and were scared out of their minds. This is not at all uncommon, and it isn’t something that’s only happening in the patient’s mind. Heart palpitations, pounding, and shortness of breath are extremely common among individuals suffering from chronic anxiety.

The best ways to treat against anxiety attacks are generally lifestyle related, and include intense exercise, a diet consisting of primarily raw produce and whole-grains, and a living environment that provides plenty of relaxation and enjoyment. Focusing one’s attention on a type of art can be of significant benefit. Obviously, other treatment options would include going the medical route, seeking out the guidance of a skilled therapist, or joining an anxiety group.

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