Health Symposium

Anxiety Disorders

There are five major anxiety disorders.  Panic attacks, social anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety.


Panic Attacks

You can have a panic attack out of nowhere that happens spontaneously, or you can have a panic attack in specific conditions such as each time you find yourself at a high place and you feel dizzy or situational such as you hear people talking about you.

Social Anxiety

You  fear you may embarrass or make a fool of yourself in some way.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Following an experience of a traumatic event that you felt you were dying or seriously injured.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

You can’t stop yourself from having certain thoughts or going through certain rituals such as constantly washing your hands or cleaning or checking whether the door is locked.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

This disorder is diagnosed when there is persistence and excessive anxiety or worry for six months or more about events or activities that may or may not happen.

The symptoms

The symptoms of panic attacks and anxiety can include racing heart, hyperventilation, breathing difficulties, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, headache

How have you been handling your condition?

If you go and see your doctor they usually put you on medication. Although medication helps, it is a temporary measurement and it does not cure the problem. Furthermore, medicines cost money and affect you liver and other major organs. For that reason medicines should only be used as a temporary measurement while working on resolving the situation without drugs in the long term.

You need to develop a strategy. This could be seeking help from a psychologist, meditation or self help by reading about it and following the recommendations. Once you developed your strategy, you need to spend some time every day or week working on it.

• This could be seeing a psychologist or a therapist every week initially then when necessary depending on your needs. Although this method will cost more money then other self help methods, you will get better results this way especially if you are not that organized and really need one on one support.
• Or you can follow the instructions on self help books or investing on a proven method like the Linden Method, follow the instructions and contact them if you need additional help. In the long run the Linden Method is the most cost effective method because you can refer back to it years later to help either yourself or loved ones.
• Learning how to meditate and practice meditation every day will also help you with your anxiety.