Anxiety is common to all actually and is believed to be a natural way to counteract an individual’s capacity to harm oneself or engage in harmful behaviors (wikipedia).
As wikipedia puts it:
“Although panic attacks are not experienced by every anxiety sufferer, they are a common symptom. Panic attacks usually come without warning, and although the fear is generally irrational, the perceived danger is very real. A person experiencing a panic attack will often feel as if he or she is about to die or pass out.
Emotional symptoms of anxiety include a fear (such as a fear of an illness), or the need to avoid certain stressful situations or social situations due to fear of embarrassment. There may be considerable confusion and irritability when the anxiety is taking place. Physical symptoms include hot flashes, chest pain, sudden tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, problems digesting and nausea.”
But according to a friend, one should not fear an illness because an illness is curable, a disease is debatable. I am not a health care provider so I would not know. But then again, after reading some related literature (thanks to wikipedia), I found out that there are several types of anxiety disorder. These are Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, OC Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Separation Anxiety. Click here for more information.
Panic Disorder is describe in wikipedia this way.
“Many people who have panic attacks (especially their first one) think they are having a heart attack and often end up at the doctor or emergency room. Even if the tests all come back normal the person will still worry, with the physical manifestations of anxiety only reinforcing their fear that something is wrong with their body. Heightened awareness (hypervigilance) of any change in the normal function of the human body will be noticed and interpreted as a possible life threatening illness by an individual suffering from panic attacks.”
If you feel some of the symptoms mentioned above, there are several treatments available. You may opt for psychotherapy or pharmaceutical therapy or a combination of both. 500mcg of anxiolytic will help you relax and sleep but it may cause some side effects like muscoskeletal pains.
Why am I writing about this? I don’t know. It might be my way of coping with anxiety.hahaha