Anxiety attacks, also called panic attacks are emotional episodes of intense fear and panic. These attacks occur suddenly without any warning.
There are times when it is triggered by a stimulus, such as anticipating a speech to be delivered in front of hundreds of people or being trapped in an elevator.
Other times, it will just come out of thin air.
Normally, we should all feel anxious when facing challenging situations like tackling a difficult exam, a job interview and similar situations.
But you need to be concerned when your worries and fears seem to overwhelm you and prevent you from functioning normally.
You need to have a grip on your panic attacks. If you are not able to control them, they will control you. Continued episodes of panic attacks may lead to anxiety disorders and other more serious mental illnesses.
When that time comes, you have to undergo psychotherapy treatments to bring you back to normalcy. It may also involve taking medication to control your episodes.
Therefore, a good understanding of this problem will help you formulate measures that will effectively control your episodes early on.
Different Types of Anxiety Disorders
Understanding the different types of anxiety disorders will help you manage the particular emotions you are feeling when undergoing an anxiety attack. The types of anxiety disorders are as follows:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – this is a mental condition in which a person is chronically worried about many things and finds difficulty in controlling his emotion.
Panic Disorder – this mental condition is characterized by sudden and repeated attacks of fear which may go on for several minutes. The person fears that a disaster will happen, even if there is no real and present danger.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – this is an anxiety disorder where a person has unwanted and repeated ideas, feelings, thoughts, behaviors or sensations (obsessions) that urges him to do something (compulsions). The person gets temporary relief when he acts on his obsessions.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – this is a serious mental condition which is the long-lasting effect of a traumatic experience.
Phobia – this is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by irrational, but strong fear of something that poses very little or no danger at all.
Social Anxiety Disorder – this is a mental health condition in which a person has an unreasonable and excessive fear of social situations.
Anxiety Attacks Are Behaviorally Caused, Not Genetics
Thankfully, medical professionals have learned that anxiety disorders are developed, and not inherited. In other words, they are behavioral and not genetic.
In short, the treatment of this problem is directly related to the desire and resolve of the individual to correct his condition. Admittedly, anxiety attacks have biological components, but they are the effects of the behavior and not the initial cause.
Although, this disorder may run in families, they are not caused by genetic factors, but the social environment the person is in.
This mental health condition is fully resolvable and anyone can correct it with the right self-help information and emotional support such as personal counseling, coaching and therapy.