Chest pain, a fluttering heart, and difficulty to breathe; these symptoms are often linked to a heart attack and it is definitely terrifying for a person experiencing them. So, when a person suffers from palpitations, anxiety, breathlessness and indigestion, these signs are often misread to be symptoms of a heart attack. However, these symptoms may not necessarily be tied to a heart attack; rather it could be signs leading to a panic attack. Naturally people become very fearful of these symptoms as a heart attack is life threatening. But we can have a little ease knowing that panic attacks do not lead to death. While the symptoms may be similar, they are not the same.
The term ‘agoraphobia’ is related to open spaces, and people often link it to the fear of being in open environments. However, the definition of agoraphobia is much wider and should not be limited to the fear of open spaces. Agoraphobia is actually a type of anxiety disorder, and it is basically an overwhelming fear of a situation or thing that is perceived to have no way of escape. This phobia causes a person to shun situations, activities or things that he or she fears could cause a panic attack. People with agoraphobia tend to become overly afraid that they will not be able to get out of a particular situation, and even if they could, they perceive it to be extremely embarrassing and difficult. Continue reading “Agoraphobia and Panic Attacks”
It is very common for anyone to feel shy in a new environment, or nervous in front of a crowd of total strangers. It is also very normal for people to feel afraid of embarrassing themselves while giving a speech on stage. It is also equally usual for a person to feel butterflies in the stomach during an interview. However, it is necessary to understand that while these situations seem to happen very naturally, for some, things can actually lead to a psychological state called social anxiety disorder.
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