Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks
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John P. Harris, LCSW
312-306-9503
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Old Town Neighborhood, Chicago.

Anxiety Disorders cover a broad range of clinical symptoms. Mild manifestations include vague feelings of uneasiness, while, at the other end of the continuim exist paralyzing feelings of terror. Some anxiety is a normal part of daily life and is appropriate and even useful in some situations. It can heighten awareness and mobilize internal resources to manage the challenge at hand. However, in excess, it can impair functioning.

Common symptons include chronic, exaggerated worry, tension and irritability. Physical signs, such as restlessness, trouble falling or staying asleep, headache, trembling, twitching, muscle tension, or sweating, often accompany the psychological symptoms.

Anxiety is highly treatable and cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques are the treatment of choice for this class of disorder.

Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a sudden surge of over-whelming fear that comes on without warning and often times with no clear precipitant. Symptoms include racing heartbeat, rapid and shallow breathing, feelings of terror, dizziness and chest pains, and a fear that you are going to die.

Most panic disorders can be effectively treated with the treatment approaches utilized for other anxiety disorders. In some cases medication may also be needed.