For most of us double-checking bolted doors and unplugged irons might be a part of a routine habit, but there are individuals who find it difficult to resist the temptation to perform such actions repeatedly and uncontrollably. They will wash their hands to rid of germs till their skin is sore and chapped. Some arrange…

Have you ever started stammering while drenched in sweat when you step in the limelight in front of an audience? Have you ever shrieked and climbed up on to the nearest furniture when a mouse wobbled past you? Do needles ever make you feel faint? If you answered in the affirmative then you may suffer…

Panic attacks refer to episodes or periods of sudden and intense fear or dread, often accompanied by extreme anxiety. Sometimes the immediate cause – like a very distressing situation – is recognised , but at other times a panic attack seems to strike from out of nowhere. Panic attacks may be experienced by anyone, with…

Anxiety is a general feeling of unease, apprehension, nervousness or fear.  Fear of facing something unfamiliar or unknown may be one cause of anxiety.  Apprehension or nervousness may also result from the prospect of experiencing something unpleasant or upsetting.  Sometimes, the source of a person’s anxiety is neither known nor recognised, adding to the distress…