Anxiety and Panic Disorders

Monday, June 15, 2015

It is normal to sometimes worry or feel panicked, but you might have an anxiety or panic disorder if these feelings frequently affect your life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these disorders in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder are different types of anxiety, or worry.

People with general anxiety disorder worry much more than normal about everyday things. They may also tire easily, have trouble focusing, feel tense and have trouble sleeping.

People with panic disorders have panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of fear or anxiety. Sometimes panic attacks happen for a reason, like being in a busy public place, but people with panic disorders can also have a panic attack out of the blue. They may also have a racing heart, tremble or shake, have chest pain, nausea, dizziness and numbness or tingling.

It is important to tell your doctor if you are having symptoms of general anxiety disorder or panic disorder. Some symptoms can also be signs of other serious problems.

Medicines and psychological or behavioral talk therapy are the two main treatments of these disorders. Many people do best when treated with both medicine and therapy. Making lifestyle changes is often helpful.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.