Anxiety is a body’s response to stress and can be helpful in several situations making us alert and focused
Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions and not a single disorder
Getting help early can ease to cope up with the condition faster and prevent other complications from arising
Anxiety is a commonly used term by everyone which also includes the kids in school. We all have felt it at some point in our lives. But do we know everything about anxiety? The difference between a panic attack and anxiety attack? Possible ways to manage it? Keep reading to find the answers.
Anxiety is a body’s response to stress and can be helpful in several situations making us alert and focused such as taking an exam or a job interview. There are feelings of unease, worry and fear. This is normal but when it becomes constant/chronic, uncontrollable and interferes your daily activities or relationships; it has turned into a disorder.
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Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions and not a single disorder. The symptoms vary from person to person depending on the severity. The most common anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias. Let’s look at a few general symptoms of these anxiety disorders:
Many times, the terms anxiety attack and panic attack are used interchangeably as if it is the same thing. But that is not true. Anxiety can be a symptom of panic, but it is different from a panic attack.
|ANXIETY ATTACK||PANIC ATTACK|
|It occurs mostly on a specific trigger like an exam, job interview, break-up etc.||Doesn’t require a trigger to occur.|
|It can be mild, moderate or severe.
One can perform day to day activities with some anxiety back of the mind.
|These are most severe, disabling and disruptive in nature.|
|It mostly builds up gradually.||It mostly occurs abruptly.|
|The physical symptoms involved are less severe like increased heartbeat and feeling of ‘knot in stomach’.||The physical symptoms are more severe kind of like total loss of control and fear of death.|
|Since it is related to specific situation or trigger, it builds gradually and continue for some time.||It starts suddenly, peaks in 10 minutes and usually abates in 30 minutes or so, although the effects may last longer.|
One should reach out to his/her healthcare professional to help prevent and treat anxiety or panic attacks. Group therapies have also been found useful in such conditions. There are a few ways that can help ease the symptoms:
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