Anxiety AND PANIC DISORDERS

Anaxiety & panic disorder

Xanax: How Anxiety works?

The internet is abuzz with words, such as, anxiety, panic, generalized anxiety, etc. Almost every forum has a good number of topics dedicated to anxiety, what it is, how it can be cured, and stuff like that.

There’s a lot of information available on the internet and many people have shared their experiences. The debate continues to go on about whether prescription medicines, such as Xanax, are helpful in curbing the anxiety disorders and panic attacks or not. But, that discussion is for later. Right here in this post, we’ll be discussing about what anxiety is?

With all the information present over the internet, it still seems a long way to go before people acknowledge the fact that mental health issues are as real as any physical health disease.

Feeling anxious occasionally is not something to worry about. During the course of life, there are moments when a person is gripped with the fear of “what next?” or there might be certain situations that may drive a person to feel anxious.  That’s perfectly normal. However, when a person is constantly worrying, fearing, or anxiously gripped with the anxiety in normal everyday activities, that is when the situation has turned for worse. 

What are the types of anxiety disorders? 

There are mainly five types of anxiety disorders – Generalized, Obsessive-Compulsive, Post-Traumatic Stress, Social Phobia, and Panic Disorder. Many people consider Panic disorder as a different symptom and do not consider it as a type of Anxiety Disorder. Therefore, when we mention that Xanax is used to treat disorders like – anxiety and panic attacks, we count it as a different symptom that is wide and includes many such points that are detailed under the medical sciences. 

Talking in general terms, if a person is diagnosed with anxiety disorder, then the fear of anxiety –

  •   Must be out of proportion in the situation 
  •   Disturb your ability to perform in a normal way

Along with this, an anxiety disorder may also cause people to avoid situations that can worsen even worsen the whole phenomenon. It can affect your everyday working like – job performance, personal relationships, etc.

Below we have explained the types of Anxiety Disorders that may happen in a person. They are –

  1.   Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Generalized Anxiety Disorder includes excessive and continuous worry for the tasks or activities in a day. The worry that will be carried on throughout the day may also include physical symptoms like – restlessness, difficulty in concentration, muscle tension, and problem in falling asleep. These worries include the person’s everyday work, such as family health, job responsibilities, appointments, and other small works that are performed.
  2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD is a term that is linked with anxiety disorder under which the person has recurrent, unwanted thoughts. These thoughts can be classified as an obsession over a particular work or event. When the person is unable to control these thoughts and maintain a habit of getting them on repetition, then it is counted as compulsive. For example, – repetition behaviors may include – hand washing, cleaning things in order to get over the obsessing thoughts that are emerging on the mind again and again. Performing these tasks will only provide relief for a few hours or so, and not doing them will increase the level of anxiety.
  3. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is also a type of anxiety disorder that develops in a human mind after there has been a terrifying event, physical harm has happened, or a threat that has occurred to life. This disorder may get triggered after a traumatic event that may include – accident, violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disaster or military combat that may have happened in and around the person’s surrounding.
  4. Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder – Social Anxiety Disorder is characterized by overwhelming anxiety or having excessive self-consciousness in day to day social outgoing. Furthermore, Social Phobia is only limited to a certain type of situation that includes social gathering and all. For example, – a person can suffer from fear of speaking in a surrounding where other people are also present. It may also include – not able to eat or drink in public or in front of anyone. In worse situations – a person may not even want any person around at almost all times.