Under Pressure: What Is A Panic Attack?

Rothbaum, PhD, psychiatry professor and director, Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, at Atlanta’s Emory University School of Medicine. “You might feel anxious about work-related problems, taking a big exam, or making an important decision. But someone who suffers from panic disorder may react to those same moderate pressures with an exaggerated physical reaction-as if he or she were about to be attacked by a wild tiger or fall from a great height. It’s full-on, adrenaline-pumping, fight-or-flight response.” For this very reason, Rothbaum says, panic attacks are doubly frightening. “Because there is no real danger that provokes them, these episodes can happen anytime, anywhere”-including while walking down the street, dining out with a group of friends, grocery shopping-even sleeping, according to the National Institute of Mental Health . Over time, many who suffer panic attacks develop an on-going fear of having another attack. This fear can severely hamper daily activities and overall quality of life. Some people refuse to leave their houses or to put themselves in situations that remind them of their previous attacks.
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Oscar Trial: An anxiety disorder or convenient defence? | IndepthAfrica

By IAfrica Catch Live Results, Fixtures & Standings from the FIFA World Cup 2014 here! South Africa Saturday 28 June 2014 2:08pm For LIVE STREAMING, news, views, tweets, pics and LIVE blogging go to: http://www.enca.com/oscartrial PRETORIA Oscar Pistoriuss murder trial resumes on Monday in the North Gauteng High Court. The paralympian has spent the past 30 days undergoing a mental health evaluation at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, after an expert witness for the defence, diagnosed Pistorius with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Judge Thokozile Masipa sent Pistorius for psychiatric observation on an outpatient basis to determine whether his state of mind played any part in Reeva Steenkamps fatal shooting on Valentines Day last year. Four specialists are responsible for a report that will determine whether Pistorius was criminally responsible for the shooting or whether his anxiety disorder resulted in him having diminished capacity. There are three possible scenarios that could emerge from this report.
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Do you have Generalized Anxiety Disorder? | A Healthier Michigan

However, in some people, these seemingly natural concerns might actually be a serious issue for your health and well-being. Thats why its so important to know: When does everyday stress turn into anxiety that needs to be addressed? The answer is: When it becomes something called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things. It affects 6.8 million adults, and women are twice as likely as men to have it. People who suffer from GAD expect the worst. They usually know theyre worrying way more than is necessary, but cant shake the feeling that something horrible is going to happen. To receive an official diagnosis of GAD, people must meet the following criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association: Excessive anxiety or worry about several events or activities most days of the week for at least six months Difficulty controlling your feelings of worry Anxiety or worry that causes you significant stress or interferes with your daily life Anxiety that isnt related to another mental health condition, such as panic attacks, substance abuse or post-traumatic stress disorder At least three of the following symptoms in adults and one of the following in children: restlessness, fatigue, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension or sleep problems You should see your doctor if you have the above symptoms and if stress starts to interfere with your work, relationships or other parts of your life.
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