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Anxiety Attacks, Panic Attacks Agoraphobia

Many of us have heard of mental disorders, and most of us think that only certain people go afflicted with these conditions. Heretofore this is just not the case. Genial disorders include panic attacks, anxiety disorders and sociable anxieties as well. These attacks can range from modest uncomfortableness to debilitating agoraphobia and this is a condition that can affect anyone.

Areas of the brain affected by panic attacks and agoraphobia. agoraphobia

How Common Is Panic Attacks or Agoraphobia?

  • About 1.7 percent of the adult U.S. population ages 18 to 54—approximately 2.4 million Americans—has panic disorder in a given year.

  • Women are twice as likely as men to develop panic disorder.

  • Panic disorder typically strikes in young adulthood. Roughly half of all people who have panic disorder develop the condition before age 24.

 

What Is Agoraphobia?

Your life is passing along the normal path that you’ve set out when abruptly without any warning panic has you in its grip. You feel infirm and helpless. Your heart’s throbbing and you have difficulty breathing. You may even wonder if you’re having a heart attack or if you’re about to die. When you in the end go to see a doctor, you might even be told there’s nothing physically wrong with you.


Panic attacks are not physical conditions, and that is why your doctor might have had trouble diagnosing your complaint. So when you next suffer from an onset you wonder what’s wrong with you. You find that certain situations will bring on these terrible attacks and this will be your first cue that you’re experiencing a panic attack.


So, what is agoraphobia you might enquire? This is a condition where a human doesn’t will to go places or face situations where they could become exposed to panic attacks. The very word agoraphobia itself lets us know the nature of this debilitating condition. ‘Agora’ comes from the Grecian language and it means places where people meet, or a marketplace. ‘Phobia’ is a fear of something. Thus we can understand that people who suffer from agoraphobia have a fear of being in crowded places.


Agoraphobia is a condition that develops gradually. In general it occurs after a panic attack. After the first onslaught you may subconsciously be preparing for another round and fearing the symptoms that will leave you feeling helpless. This cycle of panic attack and imminent panic attack can cause you to change your entire life style just to avert those feelings of terror. As panic attacks can occur anywhere at anytime, we generallyassociate the first place that we feel bewildered as possibly the cause for our terror.


An agoraphobia sufferer will go out of their way to avoid those places and situations where a panic attack may occur. They may even end up being homebound as they stave off being in crowded places. This unhealthy lifestyle can in itself activate agoraphobic attacks to occur in routine normal situations. The increased heart rate may also cause a panic attack because you may think that you’re having a heart attack.

As you can see this is a cruel and highly debilitating genial condition. For sufferers of panic attacks they should look for the checkup care of doctors who specialize in these genial disorders and undergo treatment before their panic attacks gyrate into agoraphobia where they may end up being controlled in their life style due to their ever increasing fear of being mixed-up in the face of a panic attack.

 

 

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