How To Fight Some Simple Anxiety Attacks

By R. Siva Kumar - 03 Apr '15 07:44AM

Anxiety is a bitch! If you're overwhelmed by stress and fear, you know that life is going to kick you soon for various reasons.

Patients who are going to be diagnosed with anxiety are going to be overwhelmed some negative feelings for some time. "Worry is something that we all experience from time to time, but for a person who has an anxiety disorder, it is as though they cannot turn down the volume on the worry or turn it off completely," Amy Przeworski, PhD, an assistant professor of psychological sciences at Case Western Reserve University, tells Yahoo Health. "Imagine thinking "What if X happens" all of the time. It is exhausting," according to

While General Anxiety Disorder affects more than 6.8 million adults each year, almost everyone's reason for it was different. Some common and shared feelings include a general interference with your thought process. "Anxiety once convinced me that I was dying of a mysterious terminal disease, when in fact I was just fine," Sarah Fader, the founder and CEO of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people who live with mental illnesses, tells Yahoo Health.

Still, there are bound to be too many distractions. If you are overcome with anxiety, you just have to tell your friends to begin a conversation on another issue. It helps by bringing down the worry levels.

Anxiety can also make you physically, mentally and emotionally sick. It makes you develop stress, dizziness, muscle aches, rapid breathing and nausea, says the National Institute of Mental Health.

 "During my first panic attack, my throat closed up," Fader says. "I couldn't breathe, I began hyperventilating, and my heart was racing uncontrollably. It was undoubtedly one of the scariest moments of my entire life."

It makes you stop what you are doing, even though it doesn't show up externally.

Some simple techniques to distract you would help. For instance, walk around, drop by at your friend's house, visit a therapist or just go for a movie to distract your mind, according to

While you cannot treat anyone just with a snap, it might take weeks or even months for that to happen, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Various cures that are recommended include "the cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy, but there's no clear way to know which will work for you."

Any therapist might recommend relaxation, medication and how you behave around others. It would impact your relationship with others and also bring down your social skills. Ultimately, there is no single cure for it. You just have to explore how you can emerge from it and try a range of healing therapies.

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