Common anxiety symptoms are the inappropriate gradual or sudden onset of panic or nervousness.
There are many types of anxiety disorders, and also many other mental illnesses which may exhibit anxiety attack characteristics.
Panic is a normal biological response in humans which serves many purposes. However, an anxiety disorder is the chronic or sudden onset of nervousness and panic frequently, and in inappropriate situations or circumstances.
It has been estimated 10-20% of all adults in North America may suffer from an anxiety disorder. However, they are seldom recognized, diagnosed, and treated.
Generalized anxiety disorder is more common in women than in men and affects about 4% of adults at any time. It is the excessive, frequent worry and nervousness about one or multiple issues.
Anxiety disorder symptoms:
- sudden (spontaneous) or gradual (minutes to days) onset of panic
- problems sleeping
- muscle tension
- difficulty concentrating
Anxiety Panic Attack
- shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- increased heart rate
- chest pain
- sense of ‘losing control’
- body tingling sensation
Diagnosis for anxiety disorders is typically through examination of family history and consultation.
Treatment for anxiety attack disorders (including generalized anxiety disorders) is typically with drug therapy and/or psychotherapy (including counseling) depending on the disorder.