Holiday Season May Raise Anxiety For People With Social Phobia
- Panic Disorder -- Repeated episodes of intense fear that strike often and without warning. Physical symptoms include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, abdominal distress, feelings of unreality, and fear of dying.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Repeated, unwanted thoughts or compulsive behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Persistent symptoms that occur after experiencing a traumatic event such as rape or other criminal assault, war, child abuse, natural disasters or crashes. Nightmares, flashbacks, numbing of emotions, depression and feeling angry, irritable, distracted and being easily startled are common.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder -- Constant, exaggerated worrisome thoughts and tension about everyday routine life events and activities, lasting at least six months. Almost always anticipating the worst even though there is little reason to expect it; accompanied by physical symptoms, such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea.
For more information about social phobia and other anxiety disorders, see the NIMH Anxiety Disorders Web site at http://www.nimh.nih.gov /anxiety or call NIMH’s toll-free number, 1-88-88-ANXIETY, for a free packet of information. The National Institute of Mental Health is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal Government's primary agency for biomedical and behavioral research. NIH is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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C-Band: Galaxy 9/Transponder 22/Audio 6.2/6.8. To contact patients and experts for interviews, or to obtain a b-roll tape or a fact sheet on social phobia, call Marilyn Weeks at (301) 443-4536.