My Chest Hurts: Understanding Panic & Anxiety Disorders

My Chest Hurts: Understanding Panic & Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), are “the most common mental illness in the U.S.,” according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety can range from a vague, uncomfortable feeling, such as dread or fear of something you can’t explain or pinpoint to a full-blown …

Coping with Panic Attacks

Coping with Panic Attacks Panic attacks are a surge of sudden and intense anxiety. They are normally brief, lasting from five to 10 minutes, but can last up to a half-hour. Panic attacks always subside and they are not an indication that anything is physically wrong with you. You can learn to cope with panic attacks, but it takes practice. …