- Changes in brain function or metabolism
- Psychosocial stressors that combine to influence the brain's fear networks
- Family history
- Stressful life events
- Increased sensitivity to physical sensations
- History of another anxiety disorder or anxious temperament
- Cigarette smoking during adolescence and young adulthood
- Sudden and intense episodes of fear
- Racing, pounding, or skipping heartbeat
- Chest pain, pressure, or discomfort
- Difficulty breathing
- Choking sensation or lump in the throat
- Excessive sweating
- Tingling or numbness in parts of the body
- Chills or hot flashes
- Shaking or trembling
- Feelings of unreality or being detached from the body
- An urge to flee
- Fear of impending doom, such as death, a heart attack, suffocation, loss of control, or embarrassment
- Stomach pain
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Learning how to recognize what causes your fears
- Gradually forming healthier thinking patterns
- Doing breathing exercises to increase relaxation
- Reducing fear and feelings of terror
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Avoid drinks that contain caffeine.
- Avoid abusing alcohol and drugs.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Schedule a regular quiet time for yourself at home.
- Participate in regular exercise—aim for at least 30 minutes per day most days of the week.
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Mental Health America http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net
Canadian Psychiatric Association http://www.cpa-apc.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2014 -
- Update Date: 11/26/2013 -