How to Deal With Anxiety & Panic Disorders

Over two millennium ago, the great Buddha said,
“You are what you think”.

If you think you are sick, you will start feeling sick. The most important part of our body that rules our body or we can say that governs our body functions is our mind. All feelings like anxiety, sadness and happiness come from our mind sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. These are all state of mind. If they are not in our control they become illness. Anxiety is one of them. It is the mental state of concern. It disturbs the thinking process, mood and behaviour of the person. At the initial stage it is just a feeling but later on if it is not controlled and neglected it can become a disorder.

Anxiety disorder is not life threatening and can be treated with psychotherapy and medications. Only after proper diagnosis a psychiatrist can decide about the severity of the problem. According to that he/she will prescribe medication or therapy or both. In medication usually anti-depressants, mild tranquilisers and anti anxiety drugs are prescribed. While in psychotherapy various therapies like behavioural therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapy are generally used. One should first try these therapies then only should go for medication. Medicines always have their side effects that can be mild to severe.

Anxiety disorder is more mental and emotional than physical as in case of panic disorder. In panic disorder you usually feel physical symptoms like

  • Shortness of breath
  • A racing heartbeat
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Choking feeling
  • Feeling unreal or detached from the surrounding (unconscious)
  • Sweating
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Numbness
  • Hot or cold flashes
  • Fear of dying, losing control

Panic attacks often strike when you are away from home, but they can happen anywhere and anytime. The signs and symptoms of panic attack develop abruptly and usually reach their pick within 20 to 30 minutes but rarely last more than an hour. If these attacks are frequent they become disorder and need to be treated by therapies, medication, yoga , relaxation techniques, breathing exercises etc. Panic disorder is not life threatening and can be cured with advanced therapies. Only in severe symptoms of panic attack medication can be used along with the behavioural therapies.

It is the demand of the modern time to keep ourselves physically, emotionally and mentally fit. For good physical health, exercise and yoga are important likewise for good mental health one must practice relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, meditation and pranayam. We should learn to live happy that is the real art of living.

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