Panic attacks or anxiety attacks can be a debilitating health issue.
During a panic attack, the experience can be so emotionally draining that it causes ample amounts of fear and anxiety that can drastically affect your day to day life.
Symptoms of panic attacks or anxiety attacks usually peak within minutes and may include:
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pain or discomfort
- A feeling of imminent doom
Other symptoms can include feeling as though you need to escape, a sensation of choking, a sense of things being unreal and fear of dying or losing control.
Sometimes, panic disorder is associated with agoraphobia, or the fear of being in places where it’s hard to escape. Four or more of these symptoms occur at once. Because many of the symptoms of panic disorder are similar to those of medical illnesses like heart disease, the disorder can be challenging to diagnose, but it is highly treatable. Read more about our treatment options now.
Specific phobias are strong, irrational fear reactions to relatively common objects, places, experiences or situations.
Often, phobias emerge suddenly — usually in adolescence or adulthood — and they can occur in situations or in relation to an object that was previously innocuous. The fear may not make any sense, but people with specific phobias feel powerless to stop it. Phobias may emerge suddenly and disrupt daily routines, limit work efficiency, lower self-esteem and place a strain on relationships.
Specific phobias commonly focus on:
- Heights or Flying
- Medical procedures
If you are suffering from specific phobias, there is help. Read more about our treatment options today.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder can wreak havoc on the lives of those who suffer from it.
It is not simply shyness as many may think…
Symptoms may include excessive and unreasonable fear of being judged by others in social or performance settings.
Social anxiety disorder can significantly interfere with daily routines, social life, jobs, school and relationships. Many who suffer from social phobia commonly have few social relationships and trouble integrating into a work environment.
If you are suffering from social anxiety, there is help. Read more about our treatment options today.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is characterized by unwanted, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that won’t go away.
It’s normal to go back and double-check that your car is locked or the stove is turned off. But if you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessive thoughts and behaviors becomes so extreme that they interfere with your daily life. Often, those thoughts result in the performance of ritualistic behaviors or routines (compulsions) in an effort to control the anxiety associated with the thoughts.
Common compulsions may include:
- Hand washing
If you are suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, there is help. Read more about our treatment options today.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
When you’ve experienced a life-threatening or life-altering event, it’s typical to feel sadness, stress and fear related to the event.
But when those feelings become overwhelming, or when they’re triggered by a similar traumatic event, they may be indicative of posttraumatic stress disorder.
- Emotional distance from people
- Avoidance of people
- Re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks
- Re-experience event through nightmares
- Easy agitation
- Difficulty sleeping
- Excessive anger
- Feeling ‘jumpy’
If you are suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, there is help. Read more about our treatment options today.
Acute Stress Disorder
Acute stress disorder involves mental and physical reactions that typically occur within one month of a traumatic event.
People with acute stress disorder may feel nervous, restless, irritable and have trouble sleeping and concentrating. If you have acute stress you may have similar symptoms to those seen in post-traumatic stress disorder.
Symptoms of acute stress disorder may include feelings of:
- Not knowing where you are
- Feeling as though you are outside of your own body
If you are suffering from acute stress, there is help. Read more about our treatment options today.
Generalized anxiety disorder is marked by persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things.
If you have generalized anxiety you may have difficulty carrying out the simplest daily activities when your anxiety is severe. You don’t know how to end the worry cycle and may feel that it is beyond your control.
- Exaggerated Worry
- Concern about money
- Concern about health
- Concern about family or work
If you are suffering from generalized anxiety, there is help. Read more about our treatment options today.