Anxiety Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders


Because anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, they can look very different from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party. Someone else may struggle with a disabling fear of driving or uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts. Still another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying about anything and everything.
While it is important to know that your symptoms are unique to you they connect you to a larger group of people who, like you, suffer from Anxiety related symptoms.  But despite their different forms, all anxiety disorders share one major symptom: persistent or severe fear or worry in situations where most people wouldn’t feel threatened.
Emotional symptoms of anxiety
In addition to the primary symptoms of irrational and excessive fear and worry, other common emotional symptoms of anxiety include:
  • Feelings of apprehension or dread

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Feeling tense and jumpy

  • Anticipating the worst

  • Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Watching for signs of danger

  • Feeling”foggy” or like your mind’s gone blank

 
Physical symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety is more than just a feeling. As a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response, anxiety involves a wide range of physical symptoms. Because of the numerous physical symptoms, anxiety sufferers often mistake their disorder for a medical illness. They may visit many doctors and make numerous trips to the hospital before their anxiety disorder is discovered.
Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:
  • Pounding heart

  • Sweating

  • Stomach upset or dizziness

  • Frequent urination or diarrhea

  • Shortness of breath

  • Tremors and twitches

  • Muscle tension

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

 

The link between anxiety and depression


Many people with anxiety disorders also suffer from depression at some point. Anxiety and depression are believed to stem from the same biological vulnerability, which may explain why they so often go hand-in-hand. Since depression makes anxiety worse (and vice versa), it’s important to seek solutions and professional treatment when necessary for both conditions.

Anxiety attacks and their symptoms


Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks,  are episodes of intense panic or fear. While anxiety attacks usually have a trigger they will most often occur suddenly and without warning. Anxiety triggers are unique for everyone but can be things like getting stuck in an elevator, for example, or thinking about the big speech you’re giving in a few hours.
Anxiety attacks usually peak within ten minutes, and they rarely last more than a half hour. But during that short time, the terror can be so severe that you feel as if you’re about to die or totally lose control. The physical symptoms can be so frightening that many people believe they’re having a heart attack. After an anxiety attack is over, you may be worried about having another one, particularly in a public place where help isn’t available or you can’t easily escape.

Symptoms of an anxiety attack may include:
  • Surge of overwhelming panic

  • Feeling of losing control or going crazy

  • Heart palpitations or chest pain

  • Feeling like you’re going to pass out

  • Trouble breathing or choking sensation

  • Hyperventilation

  • Hot flashes or chills

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Nausea or stomach cramps

  • Feeling detached or unreal

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