Did you know 40 million American adults live with anxiety disorder each year? Recent Researches reveled anxiety disorders can become so severe that normal life and relationships become impaired.
According to National Institute of Mental Health, 18 percent of Americans have anxiety disorders and are characterized by extreme feeling of fear and uncertainty. Clinical data suggested that adult Gernalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) patients initially register negative stimuli in a largely normal way. The study Recruited 17 people with GAD and 24 healthy participants.
Atelophobia is one such anxiety disorder. In this article we will be discussing the common signs and symptoms of persons current afflicted with it.
Signs and Symptoms of Atelophobia
Signs and symptoms vary with different people as well as in different stages of the illness. However, some commonly seen symptoms are as follows.
The atelophobic person can be recognized by his reaction to a failure. Furthermore, he is a pessimist, convinced of a coming tragedy before even beginning a task. He has a strong belief that whatever he is going to do will be error prone and he will have to face failure.
There is an evident lack of self confidence, and if he actually fails, he is unable to hide his extreme disappointment. The person feels trapped. He is so obsessed about making things go perfect that he panics and his mind can not come up with any solution at all.
Physical signs and symptoms
Some of the physical signs and symptoms of atelophobia are stated as follows.
- Perspiration. This is due to the stress on the patient’s mind, to accomplish a task perfectly.
- Panic attacks. These attacks may even be paralyzing, depending upon the severity of the fear faced by the person.
In addition, other physical symptoms (resulting from the fore mentioned problems) are as follows.
- Dryness of oral cavity.
- Increased heart rate.
- Increased muscle tone (muscle tension)
- Hyperventilaion, or increased rate of breathing.
- Increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli. i.e. more sensitive senses. or decreased threshold of stimuli.
- Insomnia, due to stress and restlessness.
- Feeling unsteady.
- Pressure to continue working till the task is accomplished.
- The patient is extremely restless and can not relax even for a little while. This is not only an obstacle for an easy,normal life, but also causes difficulty in treatment of the patient. The patient needs to be relaxed before the therapy begins.
These are clearly similar to the physical conditions of person in state of mortal fear or anxiety. When a person is in such a state his body prepares him for “defense”, activating certain mechanisms of the body and deactivating the others. The person is prepared for a “fight” or “flight”. In this case, however, these mechanisms are aggravated and need to be overcome.
Why You Should Be Aware of the Symptoms
You may notice people suffering from a certain disease in your surroundings, but you can hardly notice someone’s mental illness. You might find these people irritating and you will start avoiding them. Same might happen to you. But a knowledge of these symptoms can help you realize that a therapy is required. The patient can be brought to normal life by the right diagnosis and treatment AND patient’s own will power.