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        <p><em>I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony,
health, love and abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to
call me, they keep getting a busy signal - and soon they'll forget my
number. </em> ~<a rel="nofollow"
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href="http://www.answers.com/topic/armstrong-edith">Edith
Armstrong</a><br><br> Life is never completely free of anxiety ,fear and
worries. Butterflies flutter in your stomach before you sit for a test -
in the classroom, a driving test or a job interview - your fears in these
situations is whether or not you pass or fail. You experience fear and
apprehension as you walk down a lonely street in the dead of night. But
these are normal fears that that alerts your sense of survival lest what
you fear become real - it's the fight or flight response human and
animals experience. <br><br> There is another kind of fear known as
anxiety disorders making life a living hell for almost 20 million
Americans each year. These sufferers struggle through certain phases of
their lives with persistent crushing anxiety - sometimes intense and
crippling. Even children and teenagers are not spared from this mental
affliction. <br><br> Aware of the social and economic impact of this
mental disorder affecting American lives the National Institute of Mental
Health (NIMH) has conducted extensive research and to a large degree
found several effective treatments for this psychological
ailment.<br><br> Anxiety disorders come in different forms such
as:<br><br><strong>1 Panic attack</strong> - the sufferer is repeatedly
gripped by intense fear quite suddenly and without warning. Frequent
attacks in time will stimulate physiological changes such as chest pain,
increased heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, abdominal
discomfort, hot flashes, and in extreme cases fear of dying. Bodily
reaction is evident in the form of involuntary movements such as
twitching or constant flexing of the fingers (for more information on
panic attacks here)<br><br><strong>2 Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder</strong> - A harrowing experience of a particular incident as a
witness or victim of violence, physical and mental pain such as rape,
criminal assault, war, child abuse, natural or human-caused disasters or
crashes. The symptoms of these traumatic experiences include nightmares,
flashbacks, stifling emotions, depression, intense deep-seated anger,
irritability and jumpy. This type of disorder can also afflict family
members of the victim.<br><br><strong>3 Phobias</strong> - then there are
those overcome by phobias - social and specific phobias the two common
ones. The symptoms of <strong>social phobia</strong> include fear of
scrutiny, embarrassment, and timidity in social situations. Thus
afflicted the sufferer will avoid social activities which could otherwise
be wholesome, consequential and enjoyable. Avoidance will cause him/her
to sink deeper into this social chasm leading to absolute recluse.
Victims of <strong><em>specific phobia</em></strong> suffer from
irrational fear of a unreal danger or threat. Such fears cause the victim
to avoid situations, places or objects responsible for triggering the
phobia in the first place. Such people too will lead restricted social
existence. <br><br><br><strong>4 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder</strong> -
The sufferer is mentally besieged by unwanted thoughts that trigger
compulsive behaviors apparently unstoppable. <br><br><strong>5
Generalized Anxiety Disorder</strong> - persistent and exaggerated
apprehensive thoughts and constant tension accompany he victims routine
daily existence and activities. Such afflictions generally last for up to
six months. These sufferers always appear apprehensive at every turn,
fearing the worst of what's to come, disregarding the lack of logic of
their apparent misgivings. Along with their distorted expectations
sufferers exhibit symptoms such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension,
headache and nausea.</p>        <!--INFOLINKS_OFF-->
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