Panic Disorder And Social Anxiety

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It was some time in 2004 when I was diagnosed with panic disorder and social anxiety. At the time I was working as a music magazine editor, and part of my work was an active social life in the community. I had been on my job for over a year when I was diagnosed. Why was I diagnosed? What sent a local socialite to the doctor to find out she was afraid to hang out in groups of people (something she did on a regular basis) and that she was having panic attacks? Well, it all started with visions of my death. Anytime I got behind the wheel of a car I saw myself dying. I would shake, feel like someone was sitting on my chest. I would feel like I was having a heart attack, or like I was going to pass out. Then followed the nervousness when I had…show more content…
When experiencing one, symptoms may seem harmful, but are not. Even so, the symptoms are distressing, and for some can interfere in everyday life. To date, there are several successful treatments used to help relieve them. Medications Some anxiety attack sufferers opt to take medications such as, Benzodiazepines to work against the panic attack onset. These work best when taken during a panic attack or episode of extreme anxiety. Benzodiazepines are mild tranquilizers that work by slowing down brain activity and overstimulation of the nervous system. These medications are fast acting, and typically bring relief within an hour. The most prescribed Benzodiazepines are: Xanax, Klonipin, Valium and Ativam. Although these medications work effectively, they are also habit forming, and not available without a prescription Breathing Exercises Therapists who specialize in treating anxiety and panic disorders have realized that the most important part of reducing symptoms during an anxiety attack; is to breathe deeply. This is because during an anxiety attack you start to hyperventilate. During hyperventilation, you breathe much faster than normal. When this happens, the carbon dioxide levels in your blood start to decrease, this causes feelings of dizziness and light-headedness. To bring these symptoms under control the first thing you must do is to focus in on holding…show more content…
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