Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment | Livescience

A sudden fear grips you, and you begin to feel strange physical symptoms and sensations of doom and worry. Is this a panic attack? Sudden, overwhelming fear: That’s panic in a nutshell. You may have felt that kind of sudden, overwhelming fear in terrifying situations – like when you’re forced to slam on the brakes to narrowly miss a car speeding through a red light or when a large dog lunges at you with teeth bared. But a panic attack can happen at moments that have nothing to do with terror – like in the midst of a deep sleep or a dull meeting or while in a class or stuck in traffic or in line at the grocery store. And you don’t have to have a diagnosed panic disorder to experience a panic attack. Panic attacks come on suddenly and unpredictably, and often peak after about 10 to 20 minutes mark. An attack may include several or many of the following symptoms: a sudden feeling of impending doom or death a feeling like you need to escape from where you are a fear of losing control or “going crazy” a feeling of unreality or like you’re detached from yourself rapid heart rate, chest pain, or discomfort sweating, chills, or hot flashes shortness of breath tightness in your throat or trouble swallowing numbness or tingling sensations
View Source: Panic attack symptoms: Am I having a panic attack? – Mental Health – C-Health

Eyewitnesses say the explosion occurred close to a football viewing centre where fans were gathered to watch the UEFA Champions League match between Spanish giant, Real Madrid and their city rivals, Athletico Madrid. As we earlier reported , the explosionoccurred around Bauchi Roadclose to the University of Jos. According to Premium Times ,the explosion occurred near a car park, few meters away from a security checkpoint. The spokesperson of the Police State Command of the Nigeria Police, Felicia Ali, confirmed the incident but said details were still sketchy. There are reports of casualties but no figure has been officially released. Emergency responders are reportedly on hand to rescue injured victims but reports say this have been hindered due to the fear of more attacks. Residents now live in fear of more attacks as the once peaceful city recently suffered a terrorist attack a week ago around the Jos Terminus market killing about 200 people. We shall bring you updates on the Jos explosion as we get them. You may also like YNaija stories like: Do you think the government is doing enough to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls? Yes
More: UPDATE: Panic as explosion hits football viewing centre in Jos |

Sleeplessness is another sign of GAD, because those with the disorder often feel as if they cant stop their mind from racing. People with GAD are also jumpy, fidgety and easily startled, as the disorder causes a sensation of always being on edge. Like those with panic disorder, GAD sufferers have difficulty with everyday tasks. However, those with GAD are not gripped by an overwhelming fear, but a lower-level pervasive anxiety causing them to avoid even simple tasks during times when their symptoms are high. Causes GAD affects about 6.8 million American adults, striking twice as many women as men. That translates to about 3.1 percent of the population suffering with the disorder, and about one third of those cases can be classified as severe. There is believed to be a connection to family history, although like with all mental health issues, it is typically a combination of biological and environmental factors. An imbalance of naturally occurring brain chemicals, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, are often seen in people with GAD and could be an indicator of a propensity to develop the disorder. An imbalance of these chemicals, called neurotransmitters, can impact emotional stability and mental well-being. [ Related: Nervous System: Facts, Function & Diseases ] Enduring a trauma, especially during childhood, can have a link to GAD. Those who experienced abuse or trauma, including witnessing a traumatic event, as a child are at higher risk of developing generalized anxiety disorder. Connection to addiction Many GAD sufferers will use alcohol, tranquilizers or other drugs to calm their nerves and provide them some relief. The fact that so few people with GAD receive treatment suggests that many are self-medicating.
Read more at: Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment | LiveScience

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s