Opinion: Ex-cnn Reporter: My Struggle With Panic Attacks – Cnn.com

Instead of getting better, it seemed to be getting worse. I withdrew, and couldn’t be by myself without thinking the panic attacks would send me — in my term — “cycling out of control.” I remember taking a writing test at CNN in 1989 and having three punishing panic attacks that were so bad I almost got up and walked out of the building. Professional support made things get better, but the attacks never completely went away. Certain situations and environments could take me back and an attack would come on, my heart feeling as though it would burst through my chest, worried that I would just collapse on the ground gasping for breath while sweat was trickling down the side of my face. OK, now imagine that happening while you’re getting ready to do an on-camera interview, or tethered to a live shot, or the very worst — sitting in the anchor chair. It wasn’t just happening to me, it was happening to me in front of millions of people. I have been a journalist a long time. Along the way I have picked up what I consider a nice collection of awards and honors, and reported on everything imaginable: hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires, wars, elections, you name it.
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And, even after the acute portion of the attack is over, we stay physiologically revved for a period of time. Sometimes, I feel better an hour after a panic attack. Other times, I dont feel well again until I get a full nights sleep. It depends on a lot of factors like the severity of the initial attack, my overall stress level, the environment Im in, and so on. So, a few hours after an attack, if our bodies are still experiencing the lingering effects of panic hormones, might that help to trigger a secondary attack? An aftershock, if you will?
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Panic Disorder and Anxiety – EverydayHealth.com

Panic disorder shows generally the true inability to defend oneself against that kind of universal anxiety. It’s anxiety to the Nth degree.” Panic disorder is usually described as people having particular responses to certain kinds of events or circumstances in which they feel extreme anxiety and physical symptoms, said Dr. Goodstein. People with panic disorder often think that they are dying, having a heart attack, or are going crazy. And the physical symptoms often look like a serious health problem and should be evaluated, according to Goodstein. “The classic panic disorder presentation is the patient who arrives in an emergency room with chest pain,” said Goodstein. Someone having a panic attack will have difficulty breathing, be sweating, and look like he’s having a heart attack.
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder May Require Specialized Treatment – Refresh – The Buffalo News

Daniel Born/AP Photo Copy Another complication has temporarily halted the Oscar Pistorius trial, after the trial judge ordered Pistorius be sent for a mental health screening. The order was given after Dr. Merryll Vorster testified for the defense and said that Pistorius has general anxiety disorder, a psychiatric condition that could make the athlete more likely to fight a threatening situation than flee it. Get the Latest News on the Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial But experts say Pistorius will have to undergo extensive testing to be diagnosed with the condition. Youre looking for things that would supercharge that nervous system and leave it more vulnerable, said George Everly, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. You can have chronic exposure or traumatic event — either one works. Everly said some people with the disorder have a genetic history or have experienced traumatic events that make them hyper-sensitive to perceived threats.
More: Pistorius Trial Temporarily Halted Over Anxiety Diagnosis for Blade Runner – ABC News

But what you describe being scared of everything doesnt sound like a panic attack. Your anxiety and fear sound more constant. Thus, you may have generalized anxiety disorder. With this disorder, a person has nearly constant feelings of worry or anxiety. These feelings are either unusually intense or out of proportion to the reality. You may feel that youve always been a worrier. Or the anxiety may be triggered by a crisis. You may have extra stress at work or in your family.
Source: Generalized anxiety disorder may require specialized treatment – Refresh – The Buffalo News

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The Great Ukip Panic Is Under Way, And Labour Is Running From The Imaginary Threat – Telegraph Blogs

But no one in Labours ranks wants to listen to that at the moment. The great Ukip panic is already under way. So the troops will run. And the front will fold. And Miliband will fall. Then someone will look around the battleground and say hang on a minute.
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Job interview? I feel like I’m either going to leg it, or throw up all over the interview panel. All this shows, and it does not make a good impression. My anxiety disorder is a “gift” from the person who raped me and tried to take my life, combined with a (separate) abusive relationship. It is thought that genetics can play a role if you have a close relative with generalised anxiety disorder , it is five times more likely that you, too, will experience anxiety at some point. Trauma, domestic violence, child abuse and bullying can trigger GAD, as can drug or alcohol misuse and long-term painful health conditions such as arthritis. Trying to get help isn’t easy. However, if my experiences sound familiar, do talk to your GP.
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Panic Attack Symptoms: Am I Having A Panic Attack? – Mental Health – C-health

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.
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And millions of customers have still not received emails warning them details were stolen – 24 hours after news of the security breach was leaked. The huge number of users trying to change passwords caused eBays servers to slow right down, leaving millions of accounts potentially open to attack. Chartered accountant Richard Murphy said: eBay say I must reset my password. When I try to they say that’s not possible because too many people are trying to reset their passwords. Twitter user TweetieKaz wrote: Went to eBay to change my password but couldn’t due to traffic… I hope I can get that done soon. As the Mirror reported on Wednesday, the online market place was attacked by cyber crooks in late February and early March, but eBay said it only became aware of the breach earlier in May. It said mountains of data had to be sifted before it could let its 223 million registered users know. User names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, dates of birth, addresses and phone numbers were all illegally accessed but the company moved to reassure customers no financial information was compromised. eBay also told customers to change log-in details on other websites where they use the same password.
More: eBay cyber attack panic plunges site into near meltdown as users rush to change passwords – Mirror Online

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Living With Anxiety Is Hard, But There Are Coping Mechanisms | Comment Is Free | Theguardian.com

It is thought that genetics can play a role if you have a close relative with generalised anxiety disorder , it is five times more likely that you, too, will experience anxiety at some point. Trauma, domestic violence, child abuse and bullying can trigger GAD, as can drug or alcohol misuse and long-term painful health conditions such as arthritis. Trying to get help isn’t easy. However, if my experiences sound familiar, do talk to your GP. If you don’t ask for help, you will be dealing with it on your own so you might as well create some light at the end of the tunnel. Anxiety is not something you can snap out of.
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Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment | Psych Central

There is little specific reason to prescribe one antidepressant over another for the treatment of this disorder. Your doctor may choose your medication based upon their own experience in prescribing it, or based upon the typical side effects most people who take it experience. If you are not experiencing relief in 6 to 8 weeks from the first medication prescribed, talk to your doctor. He or she may decide to either up your dose or try a different medication altogether. Other Medications In addition to SSRIs, others kinds of medications are occasionally prescribed in the treatment of social anxiety disorder. Anti-anxiety medications called benzodiazepines are rarely prescribed for social anxiety disorder, because they are extremely habit-forming and act as a sedative.
More: Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment | Psych Central

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How Anxiety Influences Your Health (infographic)

Chartered accountant Richard Murphy said: eBay say I must reset my password. When I try to they say that’s not possible because too many people are trying to reset their passwords. Twitter user TweetieKaz wrote: Went to eBay to change my password but couldn’t due to traffic… I hope I can get that done soon. As the Mirror reported on Wednesday, the online market place was attacked by cyber crooks in late February and early March, but eBay said it only became aware of the breach earlier in May. It said mountains of data had to be sifted before it could let its 223 million registered users know. User names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, dates of birth, addresses and phone numbers were all illegally accessed but the company moved to reassure customers no financial information was compromised. eBay also told customers to change log-in details on other websites where they use the same password. British security expert Graham Cluley described eBays handling of the problem as slipshod.
Source: eBay cyber attack panic plunges site into near meltdown as users rush to change passwords – Mirror Online

The order was given after Dr. Merryll Vorster testified for the defense and said that Pistorius has general anxiety disorder, a psychiatric condition that could make the athlete more likely to fight a threatening situation than flee it. Get the Latest News on the Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial But experts say Pistorius will have to undergo extensive testing to be diagnosed with the condition. Youre looking for things that would supercharge that nervous system and leave it more vulnerable, said George Everly, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. You can have chronic exposure or traumatic event — either one works. Everly said some people with the disorder have a genetic history or have experienced traumatic events that make them hyper-sensitive to perceived threats. In severe cases, people can feel so afraid that they want to protect themselves in seemingly overzealous ways, he said, from installing extra security alarms to amassing weapons.
Source: Pistorius Trial Temporarily Halted Over Anxiety Diagnosis for Blade Runner – ABC News

According to the American Psychological Association , long-term stress can also lead to hypertension, arrhythmias and an increased risk for heart attack or stroke. Your lungs. Studies have shown that there is a relationship between those who suffer from anxiety disorders and asthma. People who suffer from asthma are also more likely to experience panic attacks . According to research conducted by the University of Sao Paulo , there could also be a link between anxiety, asthma and its effects on balance. Your brain. The most prominent reaction to anxiety is the psychological response to the condition. Chronic stress and anxiety can affect areas of the brain that influence long-term memory, short-term memory and chemical production, which can result in an imbalance.
Source: How Anxiety Influences Your Health (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Helping Pregnant Women Cope With Anxiety – Fox 13 News

Read on to discover how anxiety changes your body, whether it’s your immediate reaction to stress or a long-term battle. Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post. When the body first suffers from anxiety, you may experience… Throat troubles. That croaky, squeaky voice that seems to have possessed your vocal chords is your immediate reaction to a stressful situation. When anxious feelings creep in, fluids are diverted to more essential locations in the body , causing spasms in the throat muscles. This results in tightness, making it dry and difficult to swallow. Liver reactions. When the body undergoes stress and anxiety, the adrenal system produces an excessive amount of the stress hormone cortisol. That hormone production leads the liver to produce more glucose , the high-energy blood sugar that engages your “fight or flight” reactions. For most people, this extra blood sugar in the body can be simply reabsorbed with no real damage.
Full story: How Anxiety Influences Your Health (INFOGRAPHIC)

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
Full article: Panic attack symptoms: Am I having a panic attack? – Mental Health – C-Health

Vorster said she also spoke to members of Pistorius’ family, some of his friends and his agent. Pistorius’ defense said at the outset of its case that it would show his feelings of “vulnerability” and his disability contributed to him shooting Steenkamp. Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Vorster’s testimony also dealt with what she said was Pistorius’ fear of crime and how, because he was a double amputee, he reacted to perceived threats in a different way to other people. She noted Pistorius’ mother, who died when he was a teenager, slept with a gun in her bed and also had a fear of being attacked in her home. Cross-examining Vorster at the start of the eighth week of the trial, prosecutor Nel asked if she was saying Pistorius had a mental illness and should undergo a 30-day period of observation, and if he was changing his defense to one of “diminished responsibility.” Nel also asked the psychiatrist if someone who was suffering from an anxiety order of the kind that she had diagnosed in Pistorius, and also had access to guns, would be a danger to society. Vorster said the person would, indeed, be a danger. Talking specifically about the shooting of Steenkamp, Vorster said Pistorius was more likely to try and “fight” what he thought was an intruder than run away, because his disability meant it was harder for him to flee. Pistorius was on his stumps when he fired four times through the toilet stall door with his licensed 9 mm pistol, killing Steenkamp.
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After four pregnancies, and four miscarriages, Deacon is here, and healthy. He smiles constantly. Lamphier says, He’s very intense sometimes, but very full of joy and life. He laughs a lot, which is really fun, to listen to him laugh at things.” But getting to this point has been a journey. Careys psychiatrist, Dr. Toby Goldsmith, says Carrie had a lot of anxiety.” Medication had helped make her anxiety manageable. But, pregnant with Deacon, after so many losses, Carey was haunted by what-ifs? The thoughts would get stuck in her head, she says, Was everything going to be okay? Was he going to be okay?
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