Know more about anxiety disorders

By Drum Digital
23 June 2014

To be responsible for the safety and development of your children 24 hours a day, seven days a week can make any mom feel a bit anxious. But how do you deal with panic disorders which make even ordinary daily tasks or getting in an elevator or flying somewhere almost impossible? This is how you recognise and treat panic disorders.

About three per cent of the population has this condition, which can cause unpredictable and sudden fear. Those with panic disorder also develop phobias, especially an intense fear of more panic attacks. This makes them avoid places where previous attacks took place.

For example, someone who had a panic attack while driving might fear getting behind the wheel again, even if it’s just to go to the local supermarket down the road, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says.

Luckily, with the right treatment and therapy, 90 per cent of people recover, but it’s important to know what you’re experiencing is a panic attack and get the necessary help.

Learn to identify the symptoms of a panic attack:

  • Unexpected and recurrent attacks of terror that might feel like a heart attack.
  • You feel out of control.
  • An intense worry about when the next attack will happen.
  • Avoiding places where prior attacks have happened.
  • Physical symptoms: pounding heart, sweating, breathing problems, chest and stomach pain, dizziness, numb or tingly hands and experiencing cold chills or hot flushes.

Get help:

The offices of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) are open 7 days a week from 8:00 to 20:00. They can refer you to a medical expert, trained counsellor or support group. Contact them on any of the following:

  • 011 234 4837
  • 0800 20 50 26
  • Fax: 011 234 8182
  • 24-uur addiction hotline: 0800 12 13 14
  • Send an email to Zane at zane1@medport.co.za
  • Visit the Sadag website here

SOURCE: sadag.org, timeslive.co.za

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