Panic Attacks And Phobias
April 2, 2008
Stress and anxiety when attains its peak gives rise to panic attacks. It is a sudden surge of helplessness, confusion and overwhelming fear where the person feels disoriented and lost. Panic attack comes without warning and stays for few minutes. The level of fear is way out of proportion to the actual situation; often it’s completely unrelated. At times, the repeated attacks can continue to recur for hours.
Another kind of disorder due to anxiety is phobia. There are many different types of phobia. The recent ones that have added to this list are Nomophobia, Mumnesia, Cyberchondria, Semi-Somnia, Technoholic, Leisure Sickness Syndrome, Tanorexia and Athletica Nervosa.
Nomophobia is the fear of being out of cell phone contact. People are so dependant on their cell phone that they have phobia of being without one. Some are anxious when their cell phone charge is low, credit balance is less and even when they are in a low network area.
Mumnesia is a phobia when the person has momentary memory lapses sparked by hormonal changes, mind-numbing tiredness and the relentless responsibilities of caring for a baby.
When an individual uses internet researches or reads various health articles on disorders and illnesses and thinks that he is suffering from them. Such a phobia is known as Cyberchondria.
Persistent low grade exhaustion due to poor sleep is known as Semi-Somnia.
Addiction to portable technology is called Technoholic. In this phobia, a person just cannot survive without carrying his Ipod, PDA or any hand held devices and needs it everywhere he goes.
People are prone to Leisure Sickness Syndrome when they are overworked. The adrenalin rush keeps them going throughout the week. The moment they rest over the weekend or take a break, their immune system collapses and they get sick.
A tanned complexion is envied and considered essential for stylish wannabes. This has lead to an addiction to sunbeds. The addicts suffer from intense anxiety if they miss their tanning session. This phobia is known as Tanorexia.
The intense need to have the perfect physique has led to Athletica Nervosa. This causes individuals to exercise excessively even at the cost of injury and tissue damage.
These are all new age stress. The list will get even more exhaustive next year. The best way to handle stress and anxiety is to meditate, enjoy some form of leisure activity, daily exercising, eating a balanced diet, getting sufficient hours of undisturbed sleep and keeping a positive attitude towards life.
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