Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Panic Disorder Article Five

Welcome to article no.5 around panic disorder and related things. At the moment, we are sticking with the information within NHS Direct as a great source to refer to.
Thought it might be quite interesting to take a slight departure from panic disorders for now and look at general anxiety disorder.  Many people that join us to face their fear of flying will have symptoms of GAD too. Maybe, as you read this, you see yourself in these symptoms?
Next article/blog will be on what we can find 'on the internet' that treats anxiety and anxiety disorders. What does CBT, TFT, NLP, Hypnotherapy and others have to say...  Again, if you are a therapist in a specific discipline reading this, and you want to contribute...Email us please.

The symptoms of general anxiety disorder (GAD) often develop slowly. How severe they are varies from person to person.
Some people have only one or two symptoms, while others have many more.
Anxiety can affect you physically and mentally.

Psychological symptoms of anxiety

GAD can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things. Psychological symptoms of GAD include:
  • restlessness
  • a sense of dread
  • feeling constantly "on edge"
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irritability
  • impatience
  • being easily distracted
Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from social contact (seeing your family and friends) to avoid feelings of worry and dread. You may also find going to work difficult and stressful and may take time off sick. These actions can make you worry even more about yourself and increase your lack of self-esteem.

Physical symptoms of anxiety

The physical symptoms of GAD can include:
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness and tiredness
  • pins and needles
  • irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • muscle aches and tension
  • dry mouth
  • excessive sweating
  • shortness of breath
  • stomach ache
  • nausea
  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • excessive thirst
  • frequent urinating
  • painful or missed periods
  • difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)

How anxiety can intensify

If you are anxious as a result of a phobia or because of panic disorder, you will usually know what the cause is. For example, if you have claustrophobia (a fear of enclosed spaces), you know that being confined in a small space will trigger your anxiety.

(This is a key point we think)
However, if you have GAD, what you are feeling anxious about may not always be clear. Not knowing what triggers your anxiety can intensify your anxiety and you may start to worry that there will be no solution.

Take care
Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear

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