Every one, at some point in their life, experiences the feeling of anxiety. That “heart pounding” sensation that’s sometimes followed by sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea or shaking. This uncomfortable feeling can last minutes or hours depending on the factors that are causing it. Anxiety is caused when something highly stressful occurs and the body puts out a larger than usual amount of chemicals called endorphins, which under normal circumstances help a person have the physical strength and wits to cope with a trauma or crisis. While it’s normal to feel some anxiety at times when there is a reason for it, such as a car accident, an argument or a bad day at work, it’s not normal to experience anxiety that comes out of nowhere frequently. This sudden unexplained rush of anxiety is called an anxiety or panic attack and for people who experience them, it can be a very terrifying situation to cope with.
If you or someone you care about experiences anxiety attacks, they may have the following symptoms that occur just before an anxiety attack:
- Feelings of apprehension or dread – something bad about to happen
- Irritability or restlessness for no reason
- Trouble concentrating or focusing on normal tasks
- Feeling tense and jumpy without a cause
Sometimes, just anticipating another anxiety attack can cause the sufferer to have other problems, socially or health wise. Sometimes people who experience anxiety attacks try to mask their symptoms or deal with their fear by smoking cigarettes, drinking or taking drugs to try and reduce their nervousness. Or they may avoid situations that can cause them to have a full-on anxiety attack, like driving or going to work. In any case, it’s important for anxiety sufferers to get to the core root of their attacks and learn to identify possible triggers or physical causes for these unpleasant experiences.
There are many ways that someone who deals with anxiety attacks can get the help they need to overcome this annoying and life limiting disorder. One of the first things that anyone who is experiencing anxiety attacks can do is to visit their family physician to see if there are any health problems causing the anxiety attacks. The anxiety sufferer many want to start going to a counselor or a pastor who can listen to them and help them identify what may be causing them stress in their daily life. This can be helpful to equip them with the tools they need to cope with and battle the anxiety itself. Anxiety can be a symptom of other physical or mental disorders and can easily be treated with proper medical or psychological therapy.
Another avenue to find help for anxiety is to seek out the guidance of a qualified naturo-path who can recommend natural remedies to lessen or reduce the symptoms of the anxiety attacks before they start. There are many aromatherapy, herbal and music programming aids that can help the anxiety sufferer eliminate the stress and triggers of their anxiety as well as give them positive ways to cope with them when they do occur. Sometimes people can be low in certain minerals in their bodies and need to go on a natural vitamin and diet program in order to cleanse out their system and lessen anxiety. As for lifestyle, that should be examined and certain anxiety producing chemicals like caffeine or nicotine, can be eliminated to help with this problem.
There are many ways for a person suffering with anxiety attacks to get the help they need to overcome and in many cases eliminate anxiety attacks altogether with. It’s a good idea to explore all possible medical, psychological and natural causes in order to get better and get rid of anxiety attacks for good.