Anxiety Disorders And Panic Attacks, From Dr. Gail Saltz (VIDEO)

04/18/2013 01:35 pm ET | Updated Aug 14, 2013

Feeling anxious and panicky after a traumatic event is normal. But how do you know if you're suffering from something else? Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz joined me on this special episode of Mondays With Marlo and explained the differences between an anxiety disorder and a panic attack.

Anxiety is a case of the "what ifs" -- what if I go here and a bomb goes off? What if someone goes crazy at the mall? These sorts of thoughts are normal after a scary event, but, if after several weeks these anxieties are disrupting your life to the point where you can't concentrate on relationships and work, you might have a disorder.

A panic attack is different -- it's a sudden feeling of being overwhelmed combined with physical symptoms like nausea, shortness of breath or heart palpitations. These can last for 15-30 minutes. If you feel like you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder or panic attacks, it's important to see a professional who can help.

Watch the full interview here.

Get more of Dr. Gail Saltz's tips on coping with tragedies:

Dr. Gail Saltz's 10 Tips To Cope With Tragedy

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