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Anxiety and Panic Attacks - Most Asked Questions

By Alan Allport

Research has found that in the USA alone over 20 million people
suffer the debilitating effects of anxiety and panic attacks. Many of
these people are sadly phobbed off with that old cliche 'it's all in
your mind' when they broach the subject with friends and

Let's have a look at the most commonly asked questions
concerning anxiety and panic attacks. Reading through these will
help you to sort the fact from the fiction if you suffer from anxiety
or panic attacks yourself, or you know someone who does.

Does the medical profession fully recognise how serious anxiety
and panic attacks can be?

Generally, yes. There will always be differences of opinion
amongst medical professionals, but anxiety attacks are now
classified as mental disorders and doctors do recognise how
debilitating and life-affecting these can be for sufferers.

What causes anxiety and panic attacks?

The two major causes are fear and stress. It is generally accepted
that our lives are becoming more and more stressful. Home
environment and the pressures of the workplace are two of the
major anxiety and panic inducers that most of us are subject to in
our daily lives. How your mind handles this stress will determine
whether you suffer from anxiety and panic attacks.

Is there a cure for anxiety and panic attacks?

It is certainly true that you can change the way you react to the
stressful situations you are subject to. Changing the way you
react to stress is the key to controlling your anxiety and panic
attacks. Re-programming your mind to deal with stress in a
different way is how you learn to deal with anxiety and panic.

What is the main symptom most anxiety sufferers experience?

A tightness in the chest and associated breathing difficulty is a
general symptom experienced by large numbers of panic attack
sufferers. The key to getting through it is to take back control. The
feeling of not being in control is the catalyst that leads to an ever-
downward spiral into anxiety and panic. How do you take back
control? Begin by getting your breathing under control. Take deep
breaths, breathe deeply in, hold it for a few seconds and then
breathe slowly out. Repeat this for about five minutes. Doing this
gently and slowly will slow your heart rate down which in turn will
lead to your feeling calmer.

What can you do to find a solution longterm?

Longterm, if you genuinely want to find a solution to your anxiety,
you need to work out what your major fears are and learn to face
them. When you successfully do this these fears will cease to have
the kind of hold over you that they currently do. This in turn will
ensure that when once-fearful situations arise in the future you
will no longer experience the feelings of anxiety and panic that
you once did.

Let's face it, all of us face stress daily as we live our lives. You're
never going to get rid of that. The good news is that you can learn
to cope with stress by changing the way you react to it and when
you do this successfully you'll find your anxiety and panic attacks
gradually become a thing of the past.
About the Author
Alan Allport is a writer and Webmaster who understands the devastation that can be wrought by anxiety and panic attacks. Get help at

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