There are many symptoms that can be associated with an anxiety disorder. Some of the most common symptoms include fatigue, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea, stomach pains, shortness of breath, and headaches. With anxiety, the body goes into a preparation mode to deal with the problem. You will find that your heart rate and blood pressure increase. You may start sweating more. Blood flow will be increased to the major muscles in your body. Your immune and digestive systems will stop functioning properly. Some of the outward signs of anxiety can include skin that is pale, sweating, trembling, pupils that are dilated. If someone is suffering from the effects of anxiety, they may have an overwhelming sense of panic or dread.
Panic attacks are a symptom that is seen quite frequently in those that suffer from anxiety. They come on suddenly, often without warning. The fear that is associated with a panic attack is most often irrational. That being said, it is also true that the fear and perceived danger that the person suffering the attack has is very real. A person that is suffering an attack often feels like they are going to pass out or die. Often, these attacks are mistaken for heart attacks.
There are many emotional symptoms that go hand in hand with the physical symptoms of anxiety. Sufferers may experience feelings of dread or apprehension. They may have difficulty concentrating. They may be very tense and jumpy. They may be irritable, anticipate the worst, be restless, constantly watch and wait for signs of danger, and may often feel like their mind is empty and blank. Many people that are suffering the effects of anxiety will have nightmares, obsess about sensations that they feel, feel like they are trapped in their mind, and fear everything.
Available today, both the Pacifica iOS app and the Pacifica Android app offer daily tools to help those with stress and anxiety. Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a well-researched technique for helping people understand the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, Pacifica is comprised of quick, immersive tools that are designed to fit into our daily lives.
“Pacifica puts powerful therapy tools into the hands of consumers and guides them through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a thoughtful way. It is a beautiful, user-friendly app that will hopefully make a big difference in the lives of many people,” said Christine Moberg, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine. “It represents an important step forward for psychotherapy. By creating a tool that can be used outside of the clinic, we enable people struggling with anxiety, stress, and depression to work toward making improvements in their mental health. While there will always be a place for traditional therapy, barriers such as stigma, cost, and logistical considerations often get in the way of individuals getting the treatment they need.”
“We found that the current apps out there are simple mappings from typical workbook-based pen and paper exercises to a mobile device,” stated Pacifica Labs Co-Founder and CEO Dale Beermann. “However, workbooks themselves don’t fit into our normal routines. We knew we could do better.” The new app provides guided relaxation exercises, spoken thought journals, and daily goals, each designed around specific parts of the CBT cycle. In addition, mood and health trackers help people understand how their symptoms are affected by certain known triggers.
“I’ve personally dealt with anxiety most of my life and CBT was the way out of the woods for me,” said Pacifica Labs Co-founder and Designer Chris Goettel. “The challenge then in designing Pacifica was distilling these tools into an engaging and empathetic experience. I know first hand how debilitating and isolating anxiety can be. Pacifica is an extended hand to anyone suffering.”