Do You Know The Signs Of Anxiety, Depression or Panic Attacks?

United States
May 6, 2007 6:56pm CST
I had no intention of posting this article on mylot but I received so many comments from people who were or had suffered from depression and/or anxiety that I felt it may be helpful. This is part of my personal story. I hope that it will help someone else to know that they are not alone. I originally wrote this for gather and did submit it there. I received so very many comments there also. I live my life with chronic pain and have since 1986. It is not fun and it has changed my life very much over the years. My pain never goes away. It varies in the rating of the pain. I have found that chronic pain brings a lot of other problems to my life as well. Problems that I was not equipped to deal with on my own. I have tried to ignore the added problems but that has only made it worse. It has not only changed my life but also the lives of those whom I love. They had to adjust their lives as well. It has been difficult to deal with but I am dealing with it. I would now like to share with you, in hopes that if you are having these problems, the things that can come unexpectedly into our lives. I am talking about mental health. A subject that has not been receiving the respect and attention that it deserves. Often we just hear about the people who have mental health problems who are in the news. These people did not seek help with their problems and many times have taken other people’s and/or their own life. This is not always the case with mental illness. If we were to admit it to ourselves and to others, we would find that many people have mental health problems. I would like to take this opportunity to tell of some of the people who have seeked help. They are coping with life and getting their own life back. Your mental health involves a balance of every aspect of your life: physical, emotional, social and even your spiritual. When a any person is mentally ill, the problem can range from minor to severe. Statistics show that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in the course of a year. Depression is very common in today’s society. Depression can affect anyone regardless of his or her age, gender or even race. Everyone feels sad once in a while but when those feelings start interfering with everyday life, this person may need to seek help. There is evidence that depression is related to changes in certain brain chemicals that affect our thoughts and mood. It is something that we cannot control without help. Every living person feels anxious from time to time. You know the signs, their palms sweat, their hearts pound, or they may feel out of breath and uncomfortable. We have all seen these signs before. It usually passes fairly quickly and most people can cope with it. For some people though, these feelings are a part of everyday life. These people may suffer from an anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety disorders ranging from simple fears to panic disorders. These disorders should not be ignored. There are effective medications that can help with anxiety disorders. Studies show that depression affects roughly one in ten Americans. That is a lot of people and chances are that you know someone who is affected by depression. If you are a woman, your chances are two to three times that of a man. Scary isn’t it? The fact is that men and women experience depression differently. Women seem to suffer from sleep and appetite problems more than men. Some studies even suggest that depression could be higher in girls because they are more likely to dislike the way they look, starting at puberty. Do you think that society is putting too much emphasis on being the perfect size or height? Anxiety disorders such as panic attacks are the most common mental illnesses in the United States. They affect more than 19 million people. Again, women are much more likely than men to suffer from an anxiety disorder. Women are also more likely to experience panic attacks. There are many prescription medications available today to help with anxiety disorders. Nobody should be embarrassed if they have anxiety disorders or any other kind of mental disorder. It is a medical problem and as such, you will need to seek medical help. Are you or someone you care about having the symptoms of anxiety attacks? There are many wonderful books that can be checked out at your local library that can help you to understand these problems. Don’t suffer in silence. There are people who care and will be there to help you but you must let them know that you need their help. The first thing we all need to know is how to Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness. It is very important for the recovery process. Remember that being a woman puts you at greater risk for certain mental disorders. Know the warning signs and always look for them in yourself and those close to you. If you think that you have a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, or stress disorders, talk to your doctor right away so you can get the help that you need to get your life back. Nobody needs to feel alone when mental illness is present. Your family and friends will support you and they will help you but you must seek medical help first.
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@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
7 May 07
Thankyou so much for this discussion. The information is very helpful too me as it should be to many other mylotters for sure. I know there is alot of things in this discussion that i never knew and now that i know what to look for i can maybe save myself from getting down like that again. Alot of things you would not even think of can do so much damage.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
7 May 07
I know some of the signs of these disorders but not all of them. I have experienced anxiety, depression and panic attacks. None of these are good feelings and would recommend anyone experiencing these health issues to get help. I needed help from family, friends and counseling. I was not afraid to get help as I know that I needed it in order to get better. I had a panic attack while working at a bank and needed to be hospitalized. I thought I was having a heart attack. It was painful and had a difficult time breathing.
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
7 May 07
Thank you for sharing this information with all of us. There are several people that have panic or anxiety attacks. YOu are so kind to think of others to post this.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
7 May 07
I have had most of these symptoms and more. I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder years ago, and have several family members with various forms of depression. I think that this is a very important topic, and I'm glad that you posted it. I am sure that it will be helpful for others to know that they are not alone.
• United States
7 May 07
I really had no intention of posting this here but I could not believe the comments that I received on the shorter article. I felt that there was a need for this article on mylot. So I posted it. thanks for your comment
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
9 May 07
I'm glad that you did because I think there are a lot of people here who will benefit from it.
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• United States
13 May 07
Thank you for your kind words. I just go the feeling that it may help others on mylot. So many of the discussions are short and I was afraid that this may be mcuh too long a discusison to get anyone to read it but it seems to be getting some attention from people who do suffer. I am glad of that. As it can feel lonely when you are depressed and anxiety both
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
14 May 07
Darn ti you mean I have to admit that all these people have been right about me all these years telling me I am mentally messed up?..lol. Seriously though none of these problems are a laughing matter they are real problems and are very serious and if left untreated can get worse and lead to alot of problems. I know because I have and am suffering from depression all my life in different stages. It is not fun to have and to me it is my worst enemy. Somedays I have to struggle my way through it just to get up and brush my hair in the mornings that is why I say mylot has helped me in my depression alot becuase even though I don't feel like doing things I tell myself I have to do them before I can get on mylot and it works most times since I am so addicted to the mylot community..thanks guys
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• United States
14 May 07
I know who you feel. I dont like myself very much when I am having an bad day. It took me along time to admit that I was sick and that I couould not help myself. Good luck to you.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
14 May 07
Noppers depression isn't a pretty thing. My mom kept saying she wasn't depressed so I picked up a pamplet and asked her the questions on it and she answered yes to all but 1 of them and I said sorry to bust your bbuble mom but your depressed then. Alot of people don't think it can happen to them and they don't know all the symptoms. I think a doctor should ask more questions regularly to see if patients are having any signs or symptoms of it. Maybe a questionaire with the questions mixed up with other questions.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
13 May 07
Excellent information. I don't suffer from panic attacks or depression. I could give you a list right now of reasons why I should be depressed. But, I have chosen to find a way to solve my problems. I think I have suffered mild depression in my life, but have always been able to overcome those dreaded feelings. I have never suffered much cronic pain as you say you have. I have to keep thinking that their is some hidden reason for your suffering that has lasted so long. I hope you can find a cure in the near future. Anyway, I see you live in West Virginia, at least you live in a nice state...very scenic and rustic.
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• United States
13 May 07
I have lived with chronic pain for over 20 years and the Drs are just amazed at the fact that I have not suffered from depression and anxiety before this. I belive that it is my religious belief that has kept me from suffering before now. Currently, my body is just worn out and was unable to deal with the stress. Yes, I do live in West Virginia. It is a beautiful state and Heavenly Father has blessed us very much here.
@cblackink (969)
• United States
12 May 07
As a person who has taken medication in the past for anxiety disorders, I totally understand the symptoms. I haven't taken any medication for about three years now and in the past four months, I've had two really bad panic attacks, both of them when I was behind the wheel of my car. In case anyone wants to know, the symptoms are: heart pounding noticably, breaking out into a cold sweat, a feeling that suddenly you are out of control of everything you're doing, muscle weakness, chest pains sometimes. Both times when it happened, I felt as though I was going to have a heart attack and had to decide if I should pull my car over to the side of the road. What I did was start doing deep breathing exercises and talking to God (praying). I got where I was going, but it was really scary.
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• United States
12 May 07
Oh Bless your heart. I know how you felt. It is scary for sure and I am glad that you were able to relax enough to handle it by yourself. Good luck in the future and thanks for commenting
@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
9 May 07
Very interesting post. I guess I am among the very lucky people who have not suffered from depression or any other mental inbalance. I have not had any of the telltale signs that you mentioned like the sweaty palms or pounding heart, etc. I don't believe that I have even come in contact with anyone with these disorders, either. Of course, I never took particular notice of the signs so I may have and not known it. Thanks for making me aware. I shall try to be more attentive. +
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• United States
9 May 07
Gifana, If you get depressed or have anxiety, you will know. LOL
@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
7 May 07
I am glad that you posted this article here. This kind of problems are very common now a days in between all of us. SO we need this kind of reading. Personally I go through depression every now and then. May be not very sever but I feel depressed at times. Or you can say every other day I get bad mood. I feel little relaxed when I can see other peoples are going through the same. I am sorry about your pain, I know well what difference can make by any kind of pain to a life. Specially when it is kind of like cronic pain or arthritis pain from what we can't get rid of.
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• United States
7 May 07
I acturally did three articles on gather about anxiety/depression and panic attacks. I have gotten so many comment from peole thanking me. It seems it is stil hard to admit when we need help. I think alot of it is the fact that we are afraid of what others will think of us. That was the case with me. I had panic attacks for several years now but I would not admit it to even myself that they were getting worse. When the depression got so bad that I would go days without sleep then days of constant sleep, I knew I had to get help. Dont let what happened to me, happen to you. Go see your family Dr. Tell him or her what you are feeling and how long. There are meds that help and there are therapy with a specialist. It is confidental and they are not allowed to tell anything. Please seek help before you get worse. If you wnat to talk, just email me. Good luck to you
• China
7 May 07
Acctually,I am suffering from panic attacks and depression ,anxiety,or sth like that.even i don't know who i can tell about this,my father or my friends.finally i told nobody. you are right in saying that nobody has to go through this alone,sometimes i won't hope bring my family the trouble.
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• United States
7 May 07
I understand the need to keep it to oneself but we cant get help unless we talk to someone. Your family Doctor is a perfect place to start. They are not allowed to tell anyone of your medical probablems. They can prescribe medication that will help. Therapy is also great help and often both need to be used in conjunction with each other. Your medical Doctor can help you. You are not alone. There are many of us going through the same thing. Dont ever feel like you are alone.
• United States
15 May 07
I am all to familiar with the signs of depression. I used to take pills for it but didn't like the way it messed with my memory so I gradually stopped taking them.I have been coping with it on my own since.
• United States
12 May 07
My heart goes out to you. My mother suffers from a mental health condition and is taking meds for it. It is something that she will have to deal with throughout the rest of her life. Take care of yourself, Anne
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
7 May 07
A few years back, I have encountered one of the problem and that was stress. I guess most of us experience stress but varies in severity.
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• India
7 May 07
Well i feel that the constant increase in your heartbeat and trembling are few signs that i guess are related to anxiety and depression.....but these are minor symptoms and can be cure through following some exercisess,yoga,meditation etc....