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Table of Contents

Please Read This First ........................................................................ 2

Terms of Use............................................................................................................ 2

Disclaimer ................................................................................................................ 2

Table of Contents ................................................................................ 4

1. Anxiety Disorders – An Introduction ............................................. 9

Occurrences............................................................................................................. 9

The Different Types of Anxiety Disorders ....................................... 12

Treatments ............................................................................................................. 12

What is an Anxiety Disorder?........................................................... 13

3. Why Do People Get Anxiety Disorders?...................................... 14

Types of Anxiety Disorders .............................................................. 17

Types of Anxiety Disorders .................................................................................. 17

Panic Disorder ................................................................................................... 17

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)........................................................... 18

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ......................................................... 19

Social Phobia ..................................................................................................... 19

Specific Phobia.................................................................................................. 20

Generalized anxiety disorder ........................................................................... 20

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders .................................... 21

Common Anxiety Disorder Signs and Symptoms ............................................. 21

Panic Disorder ................................................................................... 24

Symptoms of Panic Disorder ............................................................................... 24

Diagnosis of Panic Disorder ................................................................................ 25

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Is Treatment Necessary? .................................................................................. 25

Managing Panic ..................................................................................................... 26

Social Anxiety Disorder .................................................................... 28

Occurrence......................................................................................................... 29

Treatment ............................................................................................................... 29

Cognitive-behavioral therapy ........................................................................... 29

Generalized Anxiety Disorder .......................................................... 32

Symptoms .......................................................................................................... 32

Diagnosis of the Disorder................................................................................. 33

Treatment Options............................................................................................. 33

Prevention is a Better Option........................................................................... 34

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ..................................................... 35

Common Symptoms.............................................................................................. 35

Compulsive Rituals ............................................................................................... 36

Treatments ......................................................................................................... 36

Specific Phobia.................................................................................. 38

Is Specific Phobia The Same as Fear?............................................................ 38

How to Diagnose Your Specific Phobia .......................................................... 39

Types of Specific Phobia ...................................................................................... 39

Treatment ............................................................................................................... 40

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder........................................................ 42

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder ................................................ 42

Treatment ........................................................................................................... 43

Self-Help ................................................................................................................. 44

Agoraphobia ...................................................................................... 45

Diagnosis ............................................................................................................... 45

Symptoms of Agoraphobia .............................................................................. 45

Treatment Options............................................................................................. 46

Medications........................................................................................................ 46

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Therapies............................................................................................................ 46

Psychodynamic Treatment............................................................................... 47

Claustrophobia .................................................................................. 48

Causes of Claustrophobia .................................................................................... 48

Symptoms of Claustrophobia .......................................................................... 49

Treatment ........................................................................................................... 49

Anxiety Disorders in Children .......................................................... 51

Occurrence......................................................................................................... 51

Types of Anxiety Disorders in Children .......................................................... 52

Treatments ......................................................................................................... 54

Recent Research on Anxiety Disorders .......................................... 55

Genes and Anxiety Disorders .......................................................................... 55

Progress through Research ............................................................................. 56

How to Know If You Have an Anxiety Disorder .............................. 58

Diagnosis of the Disorder..................................................................................... 58

How to Diagnosis Anxiety Disorders............................................... 60

Tests and Diagnosis.............................................................................................. 61

Symptoms that may Indicate Your Particular Disorder................................. 61

18. Tips to Avoid Anxiety Disorders ................................................ 63

Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorders ....................................... 66

Treatment Options................................................................................................. 67

Therapies................................................................................................................ 67

Medications........................................................................................................ 69

Anti-Anxiety Drugs ............................................................................................ 70

How to Make Treatment for Anxiety Disorders More Effective ..... 72

Anxiety Disorder - The Recovery Process ...................................... 75

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Diagnosis ............................................................................................................... 75

Acceptance ............................................................................................................ 75

Treatment ............................................................................................................... 76

Setbacks ................................................................................................................. 76

Resolving ............................................................................................................... 77

Natural Remedies to Treat Panic Attacks........................................ 78

Natural Remedies for Panic Attacks.................................................................... 78

Herbs and Aromas............................................................................................. 78

Homeopathy....................................................................................................... 79

Self-Help Techniques to Prevent or Cure Anxiety Disorders ........ 80

Self-Help Techniques ............................................................................................ 80

Support Groups ................................................................................................. 81

Self-Help Books ................................................................................................. 81

Optimism ............................................................................................................ 82

Meditation........................................................................................................... 82

Treating Anxiety Disorders with Herbs ........................................... 84

Treating Anxiety Disorders with Vitamins and Supplements........ 88

Source of Vitamins ................................................................................................ 88

Necessary Vitamins and Supplements ........................................................... 88

The Impact of Anxiety Disorders ..................................................... 90

Impact on Your Family .......................................................................................... 90

Impact on Economy .............................................................................................. 91

Impact on Relationships ....................................................................................... 91

How to Cope with Anxiety Disorders............................................... 92

An Overview ........................................................................................................... 92

Factors That Help You to Cope with Anxiety Disorders................................ 93

How to Get Help for Anxiety Disorders ........................................... 96

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Ten Easy Ways to Boost Your Mood ............................................... 98

Anxiety Disorders – Frequently Asked Questions ....................... 101

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Part-I: Introduction

1. Anxiety Disorders – An Introduction

‘Anxiety disorder’ is a term that covers many different types of

nervous conditions that cause anxiousness, feelings of fear or other

unwanted, counterproductive or irrational feelings. These feelings of

anxiety can be due to a particular phobia, to a particular event or

happening earlier in life, or may be due to pathological (medical)

uneasiness.

There may be no warning of the onset of your anxiety disorders.

They can be sudden, or develop gradually over many years and

such events are likely to cause profound disturbance of the

sufferer’s normal daily routine.

In the 21st Century, the occurrence of anxiety disorders is assuming

alarming proportions.

They afflict more than forty million American adults. Many

adolescents, and even children, also develop these disorders. Most

patients are seriously affected, with the disorder(s) affecting them

for several months, or even years.

You may suffer frequent bouts of fear, concern, or apprehension of

some worrying event.

Occurrences

You may feel a short but severe period of anxiety, or the condition

may be chronic with several periods that are less severe.

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The disorder is likely to be connected with some earlier traumatic

event in your life and cause nightmares, phobias or unwelcome

thoughts that constantly flood your mind.

Sometimes, these anxiety spells may develop into an intense, on-

going fear.

They can make you become a prisoner in your own home. You may

not feel secure anywhere else, but staying in your own home, alone,

may also terrify you.

You may be anxious about, or develop an intense fear of, darkness,

night-time, looming events or bills, your health or the health of a

loved one.

Anxiety can be acute or chronic. It can come in the form of be an

acute, brief moment of anxiety – lasting from a few minutes to a

few hours - or it can be a chronic, lifelong condition.

Brief anxiety spells often happen just before a special event, like a

stage performance, examination, business presentation or ‘the first

date.’

These anxiety spells often end once you have passed the point of no

return and begin the activity. The discomfort, anxiousness or fear

might, however, stay with you until the event finishes. This type of

acute attack is quite common.

Dwelling on what happened at an event, or events, in your life, to

the extent that you experience acute moments of embarrassment or

emotional pain, while alone or with others, for months or even

years, is considered to be a chronic condition and a cause for

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concern.

When these feelings get to the point that you can no longer keep

them in perspective and they affect your ability to carry on a normal

life, it is time to seek professional help.

Sometimes, anxiety disorders occur in combination with alcoholism,

drug addiction or similar conditions, which may well mask the

anxiety disorder. You may not realize it exists unless you seek help

to you treat the condition.

Often, certain physical symptoms accompany anxiety disorders. You

may feel pain in your chest, dizziness, headaches, a rapid pulse

rate, trembling, muscular tension, fatigue and stomach disorders as

well as fear of death or some other unfortunate happening.

These feelings can be very intense, and they might affect the way

you think.

You may develop a phobia of something very ordinary and escalate

it to such an alarming extent that you make others feel scared too.

Regular or frequent occurrences of your disorder may lead to

serious depression.

Sometimes, an anxiety disorder leads to other disorders.

Anxiousness about food or eating, for instance, could also affect

your sleep or even your ability to get along with others.

Sometimes, these disorders may be symptom of serious medical

illnesses, like cancer or heart disease, and a warning for you to seek

medical attention.

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The Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are many different types of anxiety disorders, including Social

phobia, Panic phobia, Agoraphobia, Generalized disorder, Post-

traumatic-stress disorder, Compulsive and Obsessive disorders.

Some could be present from a very young age, or they may start

after an a severe trauma, such as war, rape, assault, child abuse or

natural disasters, like floods and earthquakes.

Minor anxieties can become huge issues under heavy stress.

Treatments

There are innumerable therapies and treatments available for

anxiety disorders. Certain drugs may help to provide some relief or

even the possibility of a complete cure in some cases.

Some patients have had good results when the advice of their

personal medical doctor was combined with various cognitive

therapies (forms of psychotherapy that are based on the belief that

the way we think may have a positive or negative effect on they

way we feel and deal with our life experiences.)

You can become a stronger and more effective person by developing

an optimistic attitude and learning to accept the tragedies of life.

Additional knowledge can be gathered from many different sources,

like the Internet, books, magazines and journals.

Increasing your knowledge about your condition can be a very

important factor in keeping most anxiety disorders at bay.

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Part-II: Understanding Anxiety Disorders

What is an Anxiety Disorder?

The term ‘anxiety disorder’ covers a wide spectrum of different

emotional feelings, including undue fear of an upcoming event, fear

of the unknown, phobias or other pathological conditions where

anxiety is the main emotion to the extent that it hinders the normal

functioning of your life.

Anxiety disorders can occur suddenly or gradually over time.

Sometimes, they occur with other serious ailments like heart

disease, cancer and other neurological ailments.

There are many symptoms that often accompany an anxiety

disorder. These symptoms include an increased pulse rate, higher

blood pressure, nausea, gastro-intestinal disorders, fatigue,

headaches, dizziness, restlessness and agitation.

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3. Why Do People Get Anxiety Disorders?

Many factors may contribute to the occurrence of anxiety

disorders. There is not just one cause for all anxiety disorders. They

may occur as the result of a combination of many different factors.

Those factors may include:

Childhood events: Disturbing and traumatic events in childhood,

such as child abuse, loss of parents, separation from family,

accident or illness, can leave a lasting effect on the mind. Even

having been bullied, embarrassed, or made fun of at school can

produce lasting anxieties that manifest into a serious anxiety

disorder later in life. Most children are bullied or teased at times

during their school years and most of them grow up without

developing anxiety disorders from those experiences while others

can be very traumatized.

Genetic: Parents with anxiety disorder can pass it on to, or cause

their children to be more likely to suffer from this type of condition,

because of genetic factors or the environment that they provide in

the family home.

Some families have a history of, or predominance of anxiousness or

depression, or both.

Stress and Trauma: Stressful, traumatic events can contribute to

anxiety disorders. Domestic violence, rape (or other forms of sexual

molestation), physical assault, death of a family member or loss due

to natural disasters like floods or earthquakes, leaves a person

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feeling helpless. This feeling of powerlessness leads to fear and

resultant anxiousness.

Sometimes, the anxiety associated with social traumas (loss of job,

divorce, not being able to find employment, financial problems), can

be even more devastating and debilitating than random violence or

natural disaster, due to its internalization.

Substance abuse: Alcoholism and drug addiction may contribute to

anxiety disorders in some people. And, not surprisingly, most

alcoholics and drug addicts had some sort of disorder before they

became addicted. The addictive substance was a coping mechanism

for a time against the anxious, out of control feelings.

Medical ailments: Certain disorders, like eating or sleeping

disorders, depression and other nervous ailments, may contribute to

more anxiety disorders, and possible medical problems. These

disorders do not allow the body to function normally. Without

proper sleep or nutrition, anyone is likely to become very anxious.

Similar intense feelings are caused by flood, violence, or social

disaster and even an eating disorder, where someone might gain,

say, 100 pounds in a year and get anxious or depressed because of

the effects on their health, social life and self-esteem.

Personality: Whether a person is born with low self-esteem or

develops it in later life, they are likely to become anxious. This

effect is also likely to happen if you have poor self confidence, an

incapacity for tackling simple problems, jealousy or envy.

Social and Economic Issues: Believe it or not, the rich are not

immune to anxiety, peer pressure and stress. Life is stressful at all

levels of human society. Being poor gives you may put more

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pressure on you – just to survive and try to improve your situation

for yourself and your family.

But, wealth does not endow anyone with an immunity to worry.

There are the same health and social pressures, probably greater

pressure on them in their work and, instead of worries of paying the

bills are the concerns about whether people really like them (or just

their money) and the, possibly baseless, fear of what they could do

if they lost their wealth. No one is immune unless they focus on

remaining positive!

Brain abnormalities: Medications prescribed to alleviate

symptoms of some ailments can sometimes affect the chemical

balance in the brain and cause an anxiety disorder.

Allergic reactions to certain medicines might also lead to an anxiety

disorder. Serotonin and dopamine are two important

neurotransmitters of the brain. Anything that may cause imbalances

in their normal levels may sometimes lead to an increase in anxiety

and restlessness.

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Types of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders can have different symptoms accompanying

them. Some symptoms that are common to all types of anxiety

disorders are a debilitating fear of something real, whether past

present or future, or imagined. This becomes the main cause of that

anxiety disorder. More women than men suffer anxiety disorders.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Panic Disorder

Someone can be said to have the full anxiety disorder, rather than

just maybe suffering isolated incidents that we all encounter at some

time, where attacks are repeated, unexpected and cause the sufferer

to have an extended period (say a month or more) of worry about the

consequences and implications of the attack or the possibility of it

recurring or to change their behavior because of the attack.

Common symptoms include weakness, sweatiness, nausea,

dizziness, chilly hands, rapid pulse and numbness. Repeated

occurrences may cause you to alter your routine, or avoid situations

or places that are associated with your anxiety and lead to more

srious crises.

With this disorder, one may become paranoid about the factors

which brought, to the extent that you can’t stop thinking about it.

That negative focus ensures continual anxiety, loss of sleep,

decrease of appetite (or eating binges) and a greater possibility of

another panic attack.

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

When a person feels compelled to repeat an action over and over,

or can’t stop thinking about one particular person or topic to the

exclusion of everything else that might b important t them, they are

likely to suffers extreme anxiety because they fail to take control

and reduce their obsessive thoughts or acts, they have the

psychoneurotic disorder known as OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive

Disorder.

A sufferer may feel compelled to wash their hands every 10

minutes, or to go through the house unlocking and relocking the

doors many times before they feel sure that they are really locked

up. Another person might check every half hour or so that the stove

is really off, whether or not they had even gone near it during that

period.

These are classic examples of compulsion.

Examples of obsession include the injured lover who can’t keep from

thinking and exclusively talking about the one who wronged them,

or the person who can’t stop obsessing about their fear of ageing, or

dying, or how (and what0 other people may think of them. People

indulge in this behavior because acting out their obsessions and

compulsions brings (very temporary) relief from their intense

feelings of anxiety.

Symptoms occur intermittently, but sometimes become very severe

and may prevent you from carrying out your normal activities.

Some patients with this anxiety disorder do not respond well to

normal therapy treatments.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

When a person experiences a highly stressing event outside the

range of normal human experience, a psychological reaction that

includes depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares and

avoidance of reminders of the incident or event may occur.

This condition is also known as delayed-distress-disorder,

delayed-stress-syndrome, post-traumatic stress syndrome or

combat fatigue which was the first term that was applied to it.

This anxiety disorder is due to physical trauma to yourself, a loved

one, a close friend or even a stranger. It might result from you

witnessing a traumatic event. Common scenarios include war, car

accidents, plane wrecks, explosions or bombings, rape, child abuse,

kidnapping or natural disasters like earthquakes or floods.

People with this disorder regularly relive the incidents and become

emotionally numb. That leads to an overall loss of interest in life

and living.

Social Phobia

People with this disorder are acutely sensitive and overly concerned

with their own behavior. They no longer feel comfortable just being

themselves, and develop a constant fear of others watching and

judging them. This makes it difficult to develop normal relations and

friendships with others. This phobia can start simply from some

factor such as acne as a teenager, and progress to full blown

agoraphobia.

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Specific Phobia

This anxiety disorder involves a fear of something like tunnels,

escalators, staircases, elevators, flying or highway driving.

These disorders tend to run in families.

Generalized anxiety disorder

This is anxiety is focused on irrelevant matters and may develop

beyond normal levels of caution or prudence. The sufferer is unable

to relax, often feels irritated as well as developing hot flushes,

nausea and other symptoms with their depression.

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Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Millions of Americans are victims of anxiety disorders. There are

many different symptoms of these disorders. Different people

experience different combinations of symptoms. Some symptoms

may last through their lives while others may only occur at the time

of an anxiety attack.

Common Anxiety Disorder Signs and Symptoms

People suffering from anxiety disorder experience extensive tension.

This tension can cause serious physical and emotional setbacks.

Common symptoms are –

• Excessive worry and increasing tension

• Pain and discomfort in their chests

• Muscular tension and body aches

• Fast, irregular heartbeat and breathlessness

• Dizziness and headaches

• Unable to sleep peacefully or difficulty when trying to fall

asleep

• Inability to concentrate

• Fear of the situations linked to their bouts of anxiety and

avoidance of such situations

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• Nausea or diarrhea

• Overall tiredness and exhaustion

• Excessive sweating and feeling their palms becoming cold

• Hot flashes

• Trembling and twitching of their fingers and a tingling

sensation in the legs

• Tension and stiffness in the back, shoulder, and neck regions

• Choking sensation and constant worry about terminal illness

Specific emotional symptoms of anxiety disorders include –

• Irritation and nervousness about the unknown

• Apprehensiveness towards almost everything

• Staying in seclusion and isolation because of fear

• Thinking that others are watching and noting your actions

• Overwhelming fear of death and consequent strong desire to

escape to safer environments

• Constant jitteriness and living on the edge

• Fear of having to be in unfamiliar surroundings for any length

of time

• Filling their own minds with fearful images

• Afraid of darkness and afraid to go out alone

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You may experience these symptoms at any time of the day or

night. Sometimes they occur repeatedly. However, you may find a

suitable remedy to most of these symptoms with simple

medications, therapies, meditation and other calming measures.

They can provide immense relief.

Nevertheless, many try to take refuge in alcohol and drugs, which

aggravate the situation further. They also hamper all medical

treatments.

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Panic Disorder

The Panic Disorder is the most common ailment among Americans.

Some may experience a constant feeling of restlessness and anxiety

while others have sudden panic attacks. This is Panic disorder.

During the attack, you develop an intense feeling of discomfort and

fear.

Symptoms of Panic Disorder

There are many different symptoms of panic disorder. You may

experience these symptoms with little warning.

However, at least four of these symptoms are likely to be present if

you have a true panic attack. The symptoms include –

1. Intense sweating and shaking of body

2. Breathlessness and gasping for breath

3. Fast and pounding heart

4. Uncomfortable feeling in the chest with pain

5. Choking sensation

6. Nausea and dizziness

7. Weird sensations in the muscles of hands and legs

8. Hot or cold flashes

9. Constant fear of death or impending doom

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10.

Unable to relate to your own personality

Diagnosis of Panic Disorder

A single panic attack does not mean that you suffer from panic

disorder. Most people experienced such attacks in their life.

However, recurrent attacks over more than a month may be a

reason for concern and indicate panic disorder, unless your

symptoms and feelings are due to other factors, such as drug

abuse, alcoholism, hyperthyroidism or excessive medication.

Or, if you constantly put yourself in danger (speeding, rock

climbing), or doing something at which you would not like to be

found out (cheating on your spouse), then you might have a good

reason for your regular panic attacks, and not have panic disorder

at all.

The best way to diagnose your ailment is to consult a reputeable

and physician that has experience in treating anxiety disorder and

have them conduct a physical test on you.

This can pinpoint your panic disorder problem among the other

causes of your anxiety.

Is Treatment Necessary?

The answer to that depends on the individual. If your life is out of

control, but you are aware that you suffer panic attacks because of

your lifestyle and will do whatever it takes to regain control, then

the answer is no!

For those that don’t know what’s wrong or can’t seem to get better,

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no matter what they do, they should understand that panic disorder

is a treatable ailment.

Left untreated, this disorder can assume alarming proportions and

cause serious problems.

People suffering from panic disorder may live in constant fear of a

panic attack. They feel very vulnerable and worry constantly. They

also associate specific places with their panic attacks. They refuse to

go anywhere near those places for fear of more attacks.

Limiting the places you will go, can often cause depression. It’s a

serious, negative influence on your relationships, jobs, and other

social obligations. You shy away from people and crowds for fear of

the unknown.

Therefore, if you want a normal life, appropriate and quick

treatment can help you to get back in control your life.

Managing Panic

If you suffer even one panic attack for which there isn’t a rational

explanation, it’s time to see a doctor who might be able to rule out

a pathological cause.

Having done that, there are a number of remedies you might want

to try on your own before seeing a specialist.

Remember that a panic attack can occur at any time, but don’t