Posted by: abe | 2008/10/04

panic attacks etc

What do you think about panic attacks and anxiety?. I know we live in a horrible country crime wise and we all need to look after our safety carefully, but do you consider it normal behaviour for an adult to have panic attacks when things go bump in the night and to be so anxious living here that emigration is to her the only option?

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You may be confusing similar but significantly different events. We live among savage crime, so when there's an ominous bump in the night, we are likely to experience FEAR, which is a normal and appropriate response to possible danger, with a genuine, real, external cause for our fear. We may develop an Anxiety Disorder, which is a chronic state of anxiety, not particularly related to whether there is any risk or danger in our environment, but where there are such risks, someone with an Anxiety Disorder may find this harder to cope with, and may wish to flee the situation. And a Panic Attack is a sudden onset of very severe anxiety and fear, with absolutely no external cause whatever, arising purely due to internal chemical abnormalities/

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