Severe anxiety disorder is a generic term that covers a number of different types of pathological fears and anxiety. For those of you reading this I would imagine either you, your partner, friends or children suffer from severe anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Recent studies have showed that as much as 18% of the American public is affected by some kind of panic attacks (a fair few from multiple forms of the disorder). Anxiety attacks and panic attacks of all the emotional disorders, is the most common, It’s even more common than alcohol abuse and depression so if you are a sufferer you’re not alone. Many people who suffer from panic attack symptoms can relate to the painting “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. This world famous painting depicts a severe panic attack that the painter felt.

So what do the terms Anxiety, Panic and Phobia mean? All of us suffer from anxiety at some point in our lives. It is the feeling of being scared when we encounter a difficult or threatening situation. Usually we will manage to calm our nerves and deal with this situation. Panic is a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that makes you unable to think clearly or calmly and to avoid the situation A phobia is a very strong feeling of disliking or being afraid of someone or something. These situations tend not to be dangerous or threatening to most people.


For most non-sufferers there is the curiosity factor of what causes anxiety attacks. This can be attributed to a combination of biological vulnerabilities, social stresses and ways of thinking. One school of thought states that the bodies mental and physical internal systems get triggered without reason. What we still haven’t discovered is why this occurs and why certain people are more likely to suffer from severe anxiety disorder. In a lot of cases being brought up in a family where someone close suffers from a stress disorder makes you a lot more vulnerable to severe anxiety disorder. With most things in life, arming yourself with knowledge and information can help you overcome your condition whether it is social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, ocd, panic attack disorders or any of the other forms of anxiety. Thankfully nowadays there are many treatments for anxiety, OCD treatment and treatment for phobia available to cure people of their disorders and help them lead a normal life. Thanks to extensive research typically a combination of psychotherapy and medicine can go a long way towards beating the phobia. These various treatments can help people to overcome panic attacks or at least minimise the occurrence and severity of their condition. 70-90% of people that seek help can start seeing visible results within 2-3 months. For those with a phobia or embarrased about seeking help there are also many panic attacks self help groups or online resources they can use. All that is required is for sufferers to make that step of seeking assistance and then having the willpower to work through the treatments to once and for all rid themselves of their severe anxiety disorder.