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Anxiety Disorder Symptoms: Panic, Social Anxiety & Phobias


Anxiety Disorder symptoms of panic:

Anxiety disorder symptoms take many forms. Other pages on this website have described several other forms of anxiety disorder symptoms such as those associated with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. One of the most troublesome of the anxiety disorder symptoms are those associated with panic disorder. Individuals with panic disorder frequently have an overwhelming feeling of anxiety in which they may believe they are suffering heart attacks and sometimes feel as if they are “going crazy” for no apparent reason. Patients with these symptoms frequently resort to going to emergency rooms due to the high level of acute anxiety symptoms. Some of the primary anxiety disorder symptoms associated with panic attacks or panic disorder include heart palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, sweating, trembling, tingling sensations, a feeling of choking, fear of dying, fear losing control, and sometimes feelings of unreality. Panic disorder may occur with agoraphobia, in which individuals are afraid of having a panic attack in a place in which they may not be able to escape. Social anxiety disorder (social phobia): Social anxiety disorder symptoms are usually related to feelings of extreme anxiety about being judged by others and behaving in a way that may be potentially humiliating. Frequently, the intense anxiety results in avoidance behavior. The main physical anxiety disorder symptoms associated with social phobias include heart palpitations, faintness, blushing and profuse sweating.


Anxiety disorder symptoms - Specific phobias:

Most people have some understanding of the anxiety disorder symptoms associated with specific phobias. Specific phobias are intense fears and anxiety symptoms which are related to specific stimuli in an individual’s environment. Some of the more common specific phobias are related to fear of heights, fear of flying, spiders, elevators etc. The most common phobia, which is experienced by the vast majority of people, is speaking in front of a large group of people.

All phobias have in common an intense fear associated with a specific stimuli which then provokes an avoidance response. Most people with phobias, realize the irrational response in relation to the actual threat involved, but somehow feel powerless to manage their response in a more rational way.

Anxiety disorder symptoms - Final comments:

While many individuals find anxiety disorders to be incredibly uncomfortable at the very least, and totally disabling at their very worst, there is tremendous reason for hope. Treatments are available which will be discussed on other pages of this website including cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, exposure therapy, relaxation therapy and the use of various medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, beta-blockers, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI‘s).

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  Ph.D Licensed Psychologist  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist) 

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