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What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is believed to be an inherited disorder, although your parents may not show the outward symptoms of it. Remember, this is a disorder that makes anyone to believe they are going crazy. However, not every person who has experienced an Anxiety attack will develop a full disorder, but don’t discount the fact that potentially they could.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year. [1] That’s 40 Million! And, it is twice as common in women as it is in men.

Coincidentally, the major reason for people that they are suffering from Anxiety or Panic Disorder COULD be attributed to the fact that many cases reported began in adolescence.

The key here is to listen to your children!!. You would not want them to endure a childhood full of suffering and not even know the reason for it.

Another interesting fact to be aware of is that Anxiety attacks happen while sleeping. Anxiety attacks that take place while sleeping, also called nocturnal panic attacks, occur less often than panic attacks during the daytime but affect about 40%-70% of those who suffer from daytime panic attacks. This symptom is also important because people who suffer from nocturnal panic attacks tend to have more respiratory distress associated with their panic.

They also tend to experience more symptoms of depression and other psychiatric disorders compared to people who do not have panic attacks at night. Nocturnal panic attacks tend to cause sufferers to wake suddenly from sleep in a state of sudden fear or dread for no apparent reason.[2].

Anxiety is a disorder in which the individual afflicted feels an intense, irrational fear and an impending sense of doom or dread. What this means is that if you suffer from Anxiety Disorder you will be confronted with paralyzing fear for no apparent reason that will make you feel as if there is no possible way out of it. And you can experience this unprovoked fear at any time within the course of a day.

In addition to suffering from Anxiety Disorder, an individual may also have other common disorders that go hand-in-hand with it such as Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Agoraphobia, or any other number of Phobias that make it all the more important to seek treatment for.

What Causes Anxiety?

The greatest determiner of having an Anxiety attack is your MIND. Even though you can tell someone that is having an Anxiety attack that “It’s All In Your Mind”, this usually comes out leaving them feel you are trying to be condescending to their plight. Even though you don’t mean it in that way, this is most likely the way it is received.

Why Anxiety is all in your mind?. Because the BRAIN is where all your Anxiety stems from. Many studies have focused mainly on two specific portions of the brain that are responsible for inducing feelings of fear and anxiety. It is simply an unannounced trigger that sets off one’s “fight or flight” defense mechanism, kicks in the adrenaline, and BAM! A full blown Anxiety attack is on it’s way forward.

Many times, Anxiety is brought about due to increased stress from daily life. Bills piling up, children out of control, pressure from work, family matters, and other events can trigger this disorder .

Replace now the paralyzing thoughts and emotional habits you’ve developed over a lifetime with the same positive feelings and thought processes of the most socially skilled people among us.

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Course Index: Part I: Who Suffers From Anxiety  – Part II: What Are The Types Of Anxiety?  – Part III: What Can You Do To Battle Back?