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At some point in life everyone feels anxious, whether it is because of a first date, an upcoming presentation, asking for a raise, or worrying about money. The point is that everyone experiences this; but for some it can be very different. Anxiety attacks can occur for no particular reason so it is important to be aware of anxiety symptoms.

For people suffering from depression or an anxiety disorder having an anxiety attack can feel like a heart attack. Some anxiety symptoms include restlessness, chest pains, problems breathing, insomnia, sweating, twitching, fidgeting, phobias, extreme irritability, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, and being easily fatigued. For those experiencing these anxiety symptoms, they will have to occur for six months or more to be deemed an anxiety disorder or General Anxiety Disorder. (GAD)

Physical anxiety symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, muscle tension, headaches, and being easily startled. It is possible to treat the physical anxiety symptoms with over the counter medication but that will not get rid of your anxiety attacks. Seeing a doctor is your best bet because they can diagnose you properly and get you the medication you may need.

Phobias are a big symptom of anxiety and can usually set off an anxiety attack. For those that are afraid of germs and have to wash their hands compulsively they may feel that something bad will happen, like they will die, if they don’t wash. This can cause an anxiety attack; fear of germs or fear of leaving your home, fear of driving, etc. can all cause anxiety attacks if the person does not perform a certain “ritual” such as washing their hands, checking locks, hoarding items, counting steps, and avoiding contact with people. This condition is often classified as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD and affects millions of adults every year.

Anxiety symptoms such as sweating, fidgeting, chills, headaches, and muscle tension can last for several hours if the person does not relax. It can seem like nothing will stop the anxiety attacks but that is not true. There are many things you can do to prevent and stop an anxiety attack such as deep breathing exercises, yoga, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, picking a time and place to do your worrying once a day, muscle relaxation techniques, relaxation techniques, meditation and much more.

If these techniques don’t work for you or they don’t work well enough, you can talk to your doctor and he can recommend other treatments such as medication and/or going to counseling. A combination of these two things can really help people with anxiety symptoms live a more normal life.

Having frequent anxiety attacks can be damaging to your health and can even result in strained relationships, divorce, loss of jobs, loss of friends, and more. You don’t have to live with anxiety; it is possible to live a normal healthy life even if you are suffering from an anxiety disorder.
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