Stress causes Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobias When a person has a mental illness, chemical imbalance or a medical condition then stress can lead to panic attacks, phobias, and trigger anxiety. Anxiety is a painful strain on the mind that usually surfaces when a person feels threatened, ill, or concerned and anticipating the worst. Anxiety is an abnormal overpowering sense of fear and sometimes it is marked by physiological symptoms, including tension, increase heart rates and sweating. When this happens, a person will often doubt their ability to cope with the threat and view the threat as an obstacle that is bigger than life. Anxiety is a form of stress that we all want to avoid, unless some benefit follows suit. Panic is similar to anxiety since it is an unsuspected overpowering fear. For example if a person is suddenly at risk of loosing their home due to financial difficulties, he or she may panic, acting out on emotions rather than thoughts. When a person has Bipolar, paranoia personality type, or a paranoid personality type this people are often panic-stricken. Phobia is another stressor and stress that causes a person to exaggerate a problem, however when a person has phobia they will exaggerate usually mysterious and illogical fears that are most times object related. Similar to a photophobia type that has no tolerance for light, the phobia has minimal if any tolerance to stress and its stressors. Now if this is an ongoing problem then we need medical and psychological experts to help deal with the problem, rather than learning stress management techniques solely. Persons with this magnitude of stress will find some comfort in stress management only if guidance is available. If the person has phobia, panic attacks, and anxiety coupled with other mental ill symptoms then ongoing therapy works best. Most likely, rather more than not the person will need medication to help them cope with the symptoms and stress. A person with this level of stress is subject to suicidal thoughts and tendencies. Tendencies can be more life threatening since the person is inclined to act on impulses and emotions rather than thoughts. When a person is acting on impulses and backed by emotions the person will lack the ability to see through the problem sometimes, since the mind is cluttered. On the other hand, thoughts can be just as or more dangerous than tendencies. If the person is giving considerable thought to suicide and planning out a strategy to die, while reasoning negatively, then danger is obvious. If this is you then you will need mental health support, medications and stress management techniques that help you deal with your fears. The downside is the paranoid personality and paranoia personality types hallucinate, feed off illusions, voices, and delusions. Now we have a bigger problem and it is obvious medications is the only solution to help the patient cope with his or her stress. Of course, stress management could benefit the person, however with the paranoia and paranoid types it is often difficult to get the person in stress management therapy since they believe the world is out to get them. The paranoid types often require hospitalization throughout their lifetime, since stress triggers them to act out on their symptoms. Although I gave, you brief details of these personality types I think it is also important to help those of us that are dealing with these types of personalities to learn stress management coping skills. The paranoid, paranoia types can drive a person insane. These types are major stressors that cause us stress. For example, a child attends a school for disabilities, including paranoid personality type. You would think the child is getting help to manage his or her stress; however, the child goes to the store with the class and curses. The teacher informed the child when he curses that he has to write 100 sentences. The child becomes angry because he is not getting his way and asks the teacher why he has to write 100 sentences. The teacher tells the child 200 sentences and the child becomes angry kicking at the shelves in the store and speaking out verbally assaulting the teacher. He comes home and tells his mother about the incident; only a paranoid type will not admit most times when he or she is wrong. We have a problem and it includes more than the person suffering stress because of his mental illness, so now we need to help those that are dealing with these types to learn stress management techniques to survive the rocky storm ahead. For all of you dealing with these types I have your back. In the next article, we are going to join and learn some techniques that will benefit us all.