Cairo Subway Attacks: Explosions Hit 4 Stations, Causing Widespread Panic Among Commuters

“Because there is no real danger that provokes them, these episodes can happen anytime, anywhere”-including while walking down the street, dining out with a group of friends, grocery shopping-even sleeping, according to the National Institute of Mental Health . Over time, many who suffer panic attacks develop an on-going fear of having another attack. This fear can severely hamper daily activities and overall quality of life. Some people refuse to leave their houses or to put themselves in situations that remind them of their previous attacks. Agoraphobia (a fear of being outside of known and safe surroundings) or other mental problems may follow. Fortunately, panic disorder is one of the most treatable of the anxiety disorders. Psychotherapy (sometimes called talk therapy), cognitive, or biofeedback therapy can all help alter a person’s response to stimuli. Medications , such as antidepressants and beta-blockers, are another option.
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Security forces have killed hundreds and detained thousands of Morsi’s supporters and in return, Islamic militants have stepped up attacks against the military and police across Egypt. An al-Qaida-inspired group based in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility for most of the major attacks, including suicide bombings and attempted assassinations of top security officials. However, other groups believed to be connected to Morsi’s supporters have claimed responsibility for smaller attacks, which have mainly targeted riot police heading to disperse protesters. Related on HuffPost: Egyptian police special forces secure the area outside a courthouse in Heliopolis, Cairo where a makeshift bomb exploded on June 25, 2014. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images) Egyptian police criminal investigation officials inspect the area outside a courthouse in Heliopolis, Cairo where a makeshift bomb exploded on June 25, 2014. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images) Egyptian passengers gather at a metro station in Shubra el-Khemia on the outskirts of Cairo after a makeshift bomb exploded at the site on June 25, 2014. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) Egyptian police secure the area outside a courthouse in Heliopolis, Cairo where a makeshift bomb exploded on June 25, 2014.
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Under Pressure: What Is a Panic Attack?

You care about your work, family, friends and more, and certain situations or fears might keep you up at night. However, in some people, these seemingly natural concerns might actually be a serious issue for your health and well-being. Thats why its so important to know: When does everyday stress turn into anxiety that needs to be addressed? The answer is: When it becomes something called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things. It affects 6.8 million adults, and women are twice as likely as men to have it. People who suffer from GAD expect the worst. They usually know theyre worrying way more than is necessary, but cant shake the feeling that something horrible is going to happen.
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