Anxiety and PanicTuesday, January 31, 2012
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that we all experience. But when panic and anxiety symptoms escalate into anxiety attacks and panic attacks, it may be an anxiety disorder. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about anxiety and panic in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Anxiety can be a normal alarm system alerting you to danger. Your heart beats fast. Your palms get sweaty. Your mind races. Sometimes anxiety can give you energy to get things done. But anxiety can get out of control and make you feel afraid for no reason.
Generalized anxiety disorder is ongoing worry or fear that isnt related to a certain event or situation.
Panic disorder is another type of anxiety. It occurs when you have repeated periods of very bad panic, called panic attacks.
If you have an anxiety disorder, your body mistakenly triggers your alarm system when there is no danger.
Talk with your doctor if you think you have an anxiety disorder. He or she can help you with the skills you need to cope with your anxiety. Your doctor may also suggest counseling and give you medicine if you need it. The most important thing is to take action. Anything you do will help give you a sense of control over your anxiety.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.