You can feel your heart racing as you repeatedly clench and unclench your numb, tingling hands. You try desperately to catch your breath and slow your heartbeat but nothing seems to calm you down. You place your hand on your pounding chest and tell yourself that you are fine, but you can’t shake the all-consuming feeling that something terrible is happening.
Sound familiar? If it rings a bell, than you may be one of the 6.8 million Americans who suffer from anxiety. Although it may not necessarily manifest itself as a panic attack such as the one described above, it is still an extremely debilitating, frustrating experience for those who fall victim to this disorder.