Ma. Paulina Francesca A. Del Mundo, M.D. is a physician and researcher at the University of the Philippines – College of Medicine. She has worked as a consultant for projects in telehealth, occupational medicine, and medical education.
Children can have their fears and worries – homework, peers, making mistakes, and being away from parents for extended times. However, there are forms of persistent or unusual anxiety, and these can be concerning to parents. A child may refuse to leave a parent, miss school, or constantly cry. They may refuse to talk to people. They may also feel shortness of breath, clammy hands, or have an increased heart rate.
Medications can help anyone with an anxiety disorder function better throughout the day. One may be taking drugs like benzodiazepines and selective serotonin reuptake receptors – commonly given for anxiety disorder – but are these safe to continue once a woman gets pregnant?
If you are having a panic attack or anxiety attack, it is first essential to recognize your symptoms, like numbness of the hands and feet, a fast heart rate, shortness of breath, and shaking. Once you do, there are several ways to cope with a panic attack and reduce these episodes’ frequency.
Anxiety is often a key response to stressors in the environment. It is a response that can lead to self-preservation. However, when one has persistent worry and fear that is out of proportion to the situation at hand, or for a prolonged period, then one may consider a possible diagnosis of anxiety disorder.