May 29, 1994 |
Ben Lazarus spent most of his adolescence hiding. He never dated, seldom spoke in class, and ate alone in the library, shunning the social clamor of the cafeteria. "I kept a low profile," Lazarus said. "I didn't really see myself as having a problem." It wasn't until his mother took him to Albany's Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic in 1990 that Lazarus was diagnosed with social phobia.
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May 3, 1994
A nationwide effort to heighten awareness about anxiety disorders comes to Orange County this week with a free screening day. The Neuropsychiatric Center at the UCI Medical Center will offer a free educational presentation and screening for anxiety disorders on Wednesday at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Anxiety Disorders Assn. of America, the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and Freedom from Fear.
December 2, 1990 |
Thousands of Americans are too afraid to get into their cars, shop at the mall or even venture out of the house, worried they'll suffer a panic attack. "It's a horrible feeling," said Ann, a 51-year-old Richmond real estate agent. "I feel like I'm losing control. I feel like the world around me doesn't exist and I feel like I'm going to die." Ann, who asked that her last name be withheld, said the panic attacks began when she was about 8, but she was too afraid to tell anyone.
June 19, 1990 |
It was a typical stressful situation--the kind experienced by people every day. Brent, an artist, then age 40, was in rush-hour traffic on the San Diego Freeway heading north from Irvine with just enough time to make his son's awards banquet in Los Alamitos. Traffic slid to a halt. Brent remembers the scene vividly. Two large trucks towered on either side of his car. He heard a traffic report describing a 12-car pileup ahead. He would arrive late for the banquet.
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February 4, 1990 |
Merrell Scott was afraid to leave her house. "When you have a panic attack, you feel like you're going to die. Your hands and feet get tingly, you feel nauseated, the room spins, you have hot and cold flashes. It's awful," said Scott, 35, who suffers from agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces. "For me, outside pressures or just anything can start it and once it starts, it just starts rolling and takes off." But she and other anxiety-prone worriers are finding help.
November 1, 1988 |
Eighty percent of the 11 million U.S. adults suffering from phobias or anxiety disorders could be successfully treated in as little as eight weeks with behavior therapy, drugs, or both, doctors estimate. But despite advances in the understanding and treatment of phobias, fewer than 25% of the sufferers of unreasonable fears and severe panic attacks receive treatment, doctors at the annual conference of the Phobia Society of America said last week.
June 13, 1986 |
She's not sure what would trigger her panic attacks--the racing heart, the sweaty palms, the dizziness. "To me," she said, "they just came out of the blue." "I had a hard time breathing," recalled Tracy, who asked that her real name not be used. "I would hyperventilate, and I'd lose sensation in my hands and feet. My immediate thought was, for sure, I was going to die. I really thought I was going to pass out and stop breathing . . .