Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are the most common form of anxiety disorders, panic and anxiety disorders affect an estimated 2.4 million Americans annually. Panic attacks are twice as common in women as in men. While anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and helps one cope with everyday life, when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can be accompanied by physical effects such as heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches, or headaches. Physically, the body prepares to deal with what it perceives as a threat. Blood pressure and heart rate are increased, sweating is increased, blood flow to muscle groups increases and immune and digestive system functions are inhibited (the fight or flight response). External signs of anxiety may include pale skin, sweating, trembling and many others.
Panic attacks are sudden surges of overwhelming fear that that comes without warning and without any obvious reason. It is far more intense than having anxiety or the feeling of being ‘stressed out’ that most people experience. One out of every 75 people worldwide will experience panic attacks at one time in their lives.
People who have full-blown, repeated panic attacks can become very disabled by their condition and should seek treatment before they start to avoid places or situations where panic attacks have occurred. Panic attacks are not dangerous by themselves, but they can be terrifying, as one feels crazy and out of control. Panic disorders are frightening not only because of the panic attacks associated with it, but may lead to other complications such as phobias, depression, substance abuse or medical complications.
Traditional medicine provides prescription and narcotic drugs to produce anxiety relief without addressing the cause for such attacks. Dependent upon the severity and number of these attacks, there are natural supplements that can be taken for long-lasting relief that are not addictive or habit forming. There are no withdrawal symptoms associated with these supplements and over 93% of patients report positive results.
Many women in menopause develop anxiety disorders, some moderate and some severe which may require a complete hormone panel workup as it is suggested that the neuromodulatory effect of estrogens may contribute to a greater risk of depression and anxiety in women as well as other mood disorders.