Anxiety is spreading like a plague throughout the nation. It affects children, teens, adults, and the elderly. No one is completely immune from the effects of anxiety. But you might be wondering: what is the difference between having normal anxiety that every person will feel at some time in their life, and suffering from an anxiety disorder?
So what is the biggest difference? Normal anxiety is usually an appropriate response to a situation where most people would feel anxious. An anxiety disorder is generalized to everything, not just things that cause a normal person anxiety.
Knowing whether you have anxiety cannot be answered in just one simple statement. Each person is unique, so their anxiety will look different. However there are some similarities between people with an anxiety disorder and those who simply feel anxious periodically. Here are some of the five common signs that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Recently, I had a panic attack hit me like a bus. I needed to stop this racing bus immediately and get back in control of the situation. Anyone with anxiety knows what that feels like. Luckily, my years of training helped me to know exactly what steps to take to prevent a full-blown panic attack.
So how do you stop a panic attack immediately? Recognize that the anxiety is not a part of you, but an intruder in your life. Talk back to it, just like you would a bully or an unwanted interruption.
Sounds a lot easier said than done, right? Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to take back control and lessen the physical symptoms of a panic attack. In fact, there are six things you can do in the moment to combat a panic attack. Here are some suggestions: