Anxiety can be one of the most paralyzing emotions that one can feel and extremely frightening when experienced as panic. Most can recognize a time in their life where they have felt worry and fear that included restlessness, feeling on edge, irritability, and made it difficult to sleep.
As Panic, one may experience racing heart, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, and fatigue. Panic usually comes without warning and often leads to a trip to the emergency room as one may feel that they are having a heart attack. Symptoms of anxiety often cause impairment in relationships, work, and social settings. At times the distress may reach a point where the individual withdraws from others and no longer functions productively. Often caused by a specific life stressor and develop into a pattern of avoidance in an effort to minimize the pain. Since anxiety can result from various stressors and present in different ways common diagnoses include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately the use of substances including alcohol, drugs and prescription medications become the solution to reduce the symptoms but fail to address the problem.