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The Anxiety/Panic Disorder Support Group

The Anxiety/Panic Disorder Support Group is primarily destined to support people who are experiencing anxiety and other related disorders. In a milieu characterised by confidentiality, self-respect, mutual respect, mutual support, empathic listening and unconditional positive regard, as the Facilitator, I assist group members to accept the fact that, even though anxiety attacks can be powerful physical, psychological and emotional experiences, they occur for specific reasons. Understanding these reasons can help them exercise control over anxiety attacks rather than the other way around. Group members are provided with educational material which helps them to understand the reasons for their anxiety. Furthermore, I encourage them to share experiences which leads them to realise that they are not alone. Also, I teach them different techniques which enable them to handle their problems and achieve peace of mind.

Solving a problem always begins with the recognition and acknowledgement of the problem. Quite often, people that suffer from anxiety attacks are not aware of the situation they are in. Although the list is not exhaustive, I provide below the characteristics of anxiety attacks and the symptoms that accompany them.

What are the characteristics of anxiety attacks?

Some of the characteristics are:

  • A feeling of overwhelming fear
  • Feeling of going crazy or losing control
  • Feeling of being in grave danger
  • Feeling of passing out
  • A surge of doom and gloom
  • An urgency to escape
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pressure or pain
  • Turning pale
  • Feeling detached from reality
  • Weak in the knees
  • Burning skin
  • Pins and needles
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Numbness and tingling sensations

Other signs

The above anxiety attack symptoms can also be accompanied by:

  • Choking sensation, tightening throat, it feels like your throat is closing, it feels like something is stuck in your throat
  • Confusion
  • Depersonalisation (feeling detached from reality, separate from oneself, separate from normal emotions)
  • Derealisation (feeling unreal, in a dream-like state)
  • Dizziness, Light-headed, unsteadiness
  • Emotional distress
  • Inability to calm yourself down
  • Knot in the stomach, tight stomach
  • Nausea
  • Panicky feeling
  • Pounding, racing heart
  • Butterflies in the stomach
  • Sudden urge to go to the bathroom
  • Vomiting
  • Feel like crying
Once the Anxiety/Panic Disorder Support Group begin its operation, it will remain open to accept more members, if the maximum number of 8 has not been reached upon initial enrolnment.
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