I was about the age of 25 when I was diagnosed with having anxiety attacks. Anxiety attacks are also known as panic attacks. There are several symptoms of suffering from anxiety disorder. However the symptoms varies from different people.
I was a happy go lucky person with love for sports. I was playing soccer regularly and I have no health issue except for Eczema. However, a very bad tension between my dad and me was beginning of my anxiety disorder.
It started off with me feeling extremely tired and restless. I just wanted to sleep and not doing anything. The energy level was at the lowest point. The only place I would want to be at is my bed. I can lie down on the bed and sleep all day long.
2. Dizzy or Spinning Spell
This was probably the worst moment when I was having anxiety disorder.
I started experience dizzy spells. Things were just spinning. When I was having dinner, the plates and bowls on the dining table were spinning. I felt extremely uncomfortable and often, I ate very little.
When I was in an enclosed room i.e. fitting room, I felt breathless and dizzy. I am unable to look at things that are constantly going in circles. There was a constant fear that I may just faint anytime. Because of this fear, I lock myself in the house apart from going to work.
Due to the constant dizzy spell, I was suspicious of having a brain tumor. I consulted a neurologist and went for a CT scan but found nothing.
3. Rapid heartbeat
I started to experience rapid heartbeat. The irregular heartbeat does not occur every time. For example, when I am watching a football match on the television, I do not feel my heart beating fast when I am focusing on the match. The rapid heartbeat occurs most when our mind is thinking a negative event.
I began to visit a cardiologist thinking I might have heart problem. ECG test were conducted and found that my heart was healthy.
There is a close relation between fast heartbeat and dizzy spell. Personally, once I felt dizzy, I started to fear and this lead to rapid heartbeat. These lead to weakness to the muscle.
I was Diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder
After consulting the neurologist and cardiologist and some tests conducted, both specialists could not find out what had happened to me. They advised that I should consult a psychiatrist instead. After the psychiatrist listened to my complaints as listed above, I was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder.
The symptoms that I experienced were anxiety attacks. Medications were prescribed. My condition improved after the medication.
After a year, I attempted to cut down the intake of the medication and gradually wean off totally from the medication.
In between that time, the anxiety attacks came back stronger but I was able to manage it. A lot was dependent on my mind. The willpower to conquer the anxiety attacks must strong.
Today I have recovered from anxiety disorder. I do get minor anxiety attacks at times but I can “chase” the negative thoughts away.
Support is Vital
Getting support from your loved ones is vital for anxiety disorder patients. The complaints may seem absurd to the normal people but you cannot ignore them. Patients with anxiety disorder are negative and they may find life so helpless.
What they need most is understanding and support to overcome their anxiety disorder.
Disclaimer: The 3 signs that I have experienced are based on my personal experience and may not be applicable to all patients with anxiety disorder. However, the symptoms that I experienced should be more or less the same.