Thursday, April 17, 2008

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Panic Disorders?

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Panic Disorders?
by Bianca

Anxiety can give nausea, heart palpitations, stomach problems, headaches and chest discomfort. Panic feels like an overwhelming distress without any kind of relief. Over 2 million American people have some kind of panic and/or anxiety disorder.

To help understand about anxiety disorders and how they are diagnosed, here are some facts. Twice as many women than men are diagnosed and treated. Physicians theorize that the numbers maybe closer, because men are more reluctant to seek help.

Some symptoms of anxiety panic disorders are connected to the neurotransmitter serotonin, wich plays an role in the expression of the symptoms of panic, depression and anxiety disorders.

When the body does not produce the correct amount of neurotransmitters, the brain of a women will be more affected, because women has more receptors. More serotonin receptors may account for a higher percentage of women, affected by anxiety.

Related to the number of receptors and the hormonal differences in the sexes, makes a difference in the way men and women react to the anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medication.

The signs of an anxiety panic disorder will be intens within one or two minutes and can fade away after just 20 minutes. Most panic attacks are finished within 30 -45 minutes. Anxiety attacks are more slowly and can last for several hours.

An initial diagnosis of a anxiety disorder is often in a person's 20's and 30's. It rarely happens in the teens or after 40. Emotionally well adjusted people also experience panic attacks, wich increases the evidence, there is a biochemical reaction and it is not purely psychological.

Signs of an anxiety panic disorder are tingling in hands or feet, chest pain, shaking, dizziness, nausea and an overwhelming sense of fear or anxiousness.

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