Panic and Anxiety Symptoms and Management

An anxiety attack is a normal body response to stressful situations. It only becomes a problem if the symptoms become overwhelming and persistent, interfering with the ability to perform normal functions, and affecting relationships with others. Panic disorder is a form of anxiety, characterized by sudden panic attacks that may be recurrent and unexpected. They occur unprovoked and can often become disabling. Symptoms of attacks may involve emotional, psychological, and physiological reactions. Fear and anxiousness are the most common signs of an anxiety/panic attack. Treatment for the disorder usually involves drug intervention, cognitive therapy, and relaxation techniques. Psychological counseling may help uncover the underlying emotional conflicts that may have caused the condition.

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