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Anxiety is just one of the dark results of Domestic Violence is most often triggered by fear. This is one of the posts we will share about anxiety, but encouraged you to learn more about it for you or for those whom you love, who may be subject to these attacks.

Anxiety can turn a great day sour within minutes, with no warning:

Chances are if you’ve survived a traumatic (domestic violence, auto accident, 9/11, etc.) experience, you’ve had an anxiety attack or is subject to having them in the future. The information provided below while derived from mental health professionals is in no way complete. It is a highly recommended that you do your own research to learn more about Anxiety, its causes, symptoms and means of treatment.

Anxiety increases your breathing and heart rate, concentrating blood flow to your brain, where you need it. This very physical response is preparing your to face an intense situation. If it gets too intense, however, you might start to feel lightheaded and nauseous.

Here are 6 types of anxiety disorders. The most common are:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) A person feels anxious on most days, worrying about lots of different things, for a period of six months or more. …
  • Social anxiety. … includes fear, anxiety and avoidance that interfere with daily routines, work, school or other activities. Social anxiety disorder typically begins in the early to mid-teens, though it can sometimes start in younger children or in adults.
  • Specific phobias. … involves an intense, persistent fear of a specific object or situation that’s out of proportion to the actual risk. There are many types of phobias, and it’s not unusual to experience a specific phobia about more than one object or situation.
  • Panic disorder. … attacks that are dramatically abrupt bursts of acute anxiety that feel life-threatening but are not. They build into a crescendo of fear within minutes, but what they lack in duration they make up in distress.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) … intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or urge that cause distress or anxiety. Compulsions are behaviors that the person feels compelled to perform in order to ease their distress or anxiety or suppress the thoughts.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) … Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing recollections of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares. Emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma.

How can I calm my anxiety?

Try these when you’re feeling anxious or stressed:

  • Take a time-out.
  • Eat well-balanced meals.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Count to 10 slowly.
  • Do your best. Refrain from trying to measure up to someone else’s expectations.

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