Explaining Depression And Anxiety

While we all feel blue and down in the dumps at some time in our lives, for others these feelings are more intense and remain with them throughout every day of their lives. Individuals such as these live in constant fear and often see themselves as cowards. This is far from true; those suffering depression and anxiety are some of the bravest individuals to be found. They fight the unknown and their own battles day in and day out while somehow managing to cope.

Depression and anxiety in its most chronic form forces the individual to remain tied to their home. They lose respect of themselves and if they do not respect themselves then how can they expect others too? They feel inferior and feel people know there is something not right with them. It is a never ending circle. They constantly worry and some may even have panic attacks. Panic attacks are perhaps one of the most frightening aspects of anxiety and depression.

Panic attacks are a series of intense feelings that overcome the sufferer throughout the course of the day. The frequency of when they come depend on the individual, they can have one or two during a day or the attacks can sweep over them every few minutes. These attacks leave the sufferer exhausted and fearing another episode.

It is important to remember that the attacks are nothing more than your fear and adrenaline coursing throughout the body. In fact if the individual were to take no notice of the symptoms they feel then the attack would subside and go away. The key to overcoming panic attacks is to break the cycle of fear of them.

The symptoms of panic can be varied depending on the individual. There are many symptoms that make up feelings of panic.

· A sick feeling in the pit of the stomach

· Feeling like lead in the stomach or butterflies

· Extreme tiredness and lethargy

· A feeling of absolute dread, you do not know what you fear but fear something is about to happen

· A feeling of shaking or trembling in various parts of the body, most commonly the hands and fingers

· Pain in the head and neck or a feeling of tightening around the head and scalp

· Vomiting or feeling nauseous

· A loss of appetite and balking at food

· Light-headedness and a feeling of falling

These symptoms if they should occur on their own are bad enough but those suffering anxiety can have several at once. To make matters worse they can have these feelings come on them several times throughout the day for what appears to be no reason or the feelings remain static with them. The more the sufferer worries about these feelings then the more they occur, give them no thought and let them wash over you and they would subside and eventually go away altogether.

Those who do suffer from the feelings that panic attacks bring, feel they have a life threatening illness. This adds to the worry and so brings about the feelings more. The first step you should take is to talk with your Doctor, have a full medical and be assured by the Doctor you do not have a serious medical condition then let it go. Practice just relaxing and letting the feelings wash over you when they arise. Taking deep slow breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth can also help to calm the person. It is a slow process but with practice you are able to beat the symptoms and panic attacks that are brought on by depression and anxiety. It is not easy and there is no simple immediate cure, but it can be done and millions of people throughout the world have suffered and recovered in time.

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