Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is diagnosed when a person has sudden attacks of terror that include a pounding heart, sweating, weakness, fainting, or dizziness. Panic attacks may also cause flushing, coldness, tingling or numbness in the hands, nausea, chest pain, or feelings of smothering. Panic attacks may also produce a sense of unreality, a fear of impending doom, or a fear of losing control.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)


People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experience days filled with intense worry and stress, even though there is little or nothing to cause it. Their irrational concerns revolve around health issues, money, family problems, or difficulties at work. People with GAD can't relax, they startle easily, and have difficulty concentrating. Other symptoms include difficulty falling or staying asleep, fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability, sweating, nausea, lightheadedness, having to go to the bathroom frequently, feeling out of breath, and hot flashes.



Treatment for Anxiety Disorders


Several medications are highly effective for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is very useful in treating anxiety disorders. CBT helps people change the thinking patterns that support their fears, and how they react to anxiety-provoking situations.

For More Information:

Adults:

http://www.apa.org/topics/anxietyqanda.html

Adolescents:
http://panicdisorder.about.com/od/