Hanging On A Ledge With Sweaty Fingers; Acute Anxiety

Dictionary definition of an anxiety attack;

"An acute, psychobiologic reaction manifested by intense anxiety and panic. Symptoms include palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness, profuse diaphoresis, pallor of the face and extremities, GI discomfort, and an intense feeling of imminent doom or death. Attacks usually occur suddenly, last from a few seconds to an hour or longer, and vary in frequency from several times a day to once a month. Treatment consists of reassurance, desensitization statement, separation of the individual from anxiety-producing situations, administration of a sedative if necessary, and appropriate psychotherapy to identify the stresses perceived as threatening."

To me, this sounds like all the emotional and physiological feelings I would have if I was hanging on a ledge over a pit of hungry alligators and my fingers were beginning to get sweaty!

I put this definition up here to help understand the symptoms that anxiety attack sufferers go through.  Quite often, the sufferer is not even aware of the trigger that stimulated the attack; however, the body ends up in an acute state of fear both mentally and physically.  These feelings and emotions are perceived as real by the sufferer, while at the same time, a family member or friend looking on may not see or perceive any threat.  When an individual is in this acute state, it is important to realize that (unless you are a trained mental health professional) you will not be engaging the individual in any sort of logical conversation.    

If you, or someone you know, experiences attacks of anxiety, please take the time to talk with your doctor, or encourage the sufferer to talk with their doctor, about this.  They will most likely refer you to a therapist or psychiatrist to help you decipher what it is that triggers these attacks. 

There is a category of medications called benzodiazepines that promote calming and soothing.  These medications enhance a particular chemical in the brain that helps inhibit excitability.  This calming and soothing effect can be quite effective with an individual experiencing an acute anxiety attack. 

The issue is these benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medications are effective at lessening anxiety, regardless of the cause.  These medications also work very well at decreasing anxiety felt under normal stress of daily life, stress that we know what the cause is from. 

It is important that your doctor take the time to help you distinguish the difference between acute anxiety and the stresses of normal life so that you don't end up taking this type of anti-anxiety medication to help relax everyday stressful situations.

Benzodiazepine medications do not cure anxiety; however, when prescribed appropriately they have a place at helping relieve the symptoms of acute anxiety.  When this category of medications is used to help relax everyday stressful situations, your body may become dependent upon the medication which may lead to addictive behavior.

To learn more about these benzodiazepine medications, please visit the AudibleRx website.

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