people have anxiety disorders without having
a trauma history.
most people who have experienced a high level
of trauma will also have a high level of anxiety.
It is naturally engrained with trauma survivors
to expect more trauma and abuse as that has
become a natural state of existence for them.
For example, Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an
anxiety disorder than develops after one or
more intensely traumatic incidents. The terrifying
experience of being abused and assaulted leads
the victim to naturally have a high anxiety
level about the past, the present, and the
does one distinguish typical anxiety disorders
from trauma-based anxiety?
and anxiety are highly related, though not
exactly the same.
and anxiety have overlapping features, but
again, they are not the same.
to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders (DSM), anxiety disorders
can present in a number of different ways:
attacks are acute and sudden, unpredictable
experiences of panic with symptoms such as
intense fear, terror, impending doom, chest
pain, dizziness, choking, tingling, hot and
cold flashes, sweating, fainting, trembling,
heart palpitations, etc. These attacks last
for several minutes to a few hours. Of course,
as the attacks occur more often, people naturally
begin to have increased apprehension and fear
about another attack happening. This often
leads to increased fear of being left alone,
or being out in public, knowing that the possibility
of another attack in eminently on the horizon.
anxiety is categorized by more persistent
feelings that last for an extended amount
of time, i.e.: for a month or more. Some of
the symptoms experienced include jitteriness,
tension, muscle aches, inability to relax,
fidgeting, restlessness, heart pounding, dry
mouth, light-headedness, tingling in hands
or feet, upset stomach, high resting pulse
rate, continual worry, constant expectation
of something terrible happening, impatience,
irritability, difficulties with concentration,
insomnia, interrupted sleep, etc.
phobia – an excessive, unreasonable,
and extensive fear of a specific object, activity,
or situation – is more connected to
a specific target. The number of phobias people
have, and the intensity of their avoiding
of those target areas, and the degree to which
these behaviors affect their lives, will vary
from person to person.
is the fear of being alone or in a public
place where escape or help might not be readily
available should there be a sudden onslaught
of difficulties. Because of these extreme
fears, normal activities can become very constricted
and enormously limited unless a trusted person
is accompanying them at all times. Places
such as crowded stores, busy streets, elevators,
tunnels, buses, shopping malls, or movie theaters
become places of terror with this disorder.
Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia or SAD) is
the intense, debilitating fear of social interactions,
self humiliation, embarrassment, and the scrutiny
of others. There can be considerable distress
due to these issues as they frequent hinder
and impede a regular lifestyle. Some examples
of SAD include the excessive fears of and
extreme resistance to eating in public, using
public bathrooms, going to school, speaking
in public, writing in front of others, etc.
Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is another form
of an anxiety disorder. In these situations,
the obsessions are intrusive thoughts, ideas,
images, or impulses that seem to invade the
person even with efforts to repress or ignore
them. These thoughts seem to not be coming
from the persons themselves. Compulsions are
repetitive, rule-bound behaviors that seem
to have a purpose, yet are totally excessive
and unrealistic in nature. Resisting the compulsions
will lead to increased anxiety and tension
that appears to alleviate only with the actual
completing of the behavior.
panic and anxiety symptoms should be addressed
by a medical doctor, as there could be a number
of other complications involved with and /
or causing these difficulties. Often there
are a variety of medications that can be used
effectively to help manage these issues.
you suffer from any form of anxiety, please
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any kind of medications, and strongly encourages
you to seek appropriate medical assistance
at your very earliest convenience.
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