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Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Having trouble sleeping
- Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
- Having difficulty controlling worry
- Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
Several types of anxiety disorders exist:
- Agoraphobia (ag-uh-ruh-FOE-be-uh) is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and often avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.
- Anxiety disorder due to a medical condition includes symptoms of intense anxiety or panic that are directly caused by a physical health problem.
- Generalized anxiety disorder includes persistent and excessive anxiety and worry about activities or events — even ordinary, routine issues. The worry is out of proportion to the actual circumstance, is difficult to control and affects how you feel physically. It often occurs along with other anxiety disorders or depression.
- Panic disorder involves repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks). You may have feelings of impending doom, shortness of breath, chest pain, or a rapid, fluttering or pounding heart (heart palpitations). These panic attacks may lead to worrying about them happening again or avoiding situations in which they’ve occurred.
- Selective mutism is a consistent failure of children to speak in certain situations, such as school, even when they can speak in other situations, such as at home with close family members. This can interfere with school, work and social functioning.
- Separation anxiety disorder is a childhood disorder characterized by anxiety that’s excessive for the child’s developmental level and related to separation from parents or others who have parental roles.
- Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) involves high levels of anxiety, fear and avoidance of social situations due to feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness and concern about being judged ored negatively by others.
- Specific phobias are characterized by major anxiety when you’re exposed to a specific object or situation and a desire to avoid it. Phobias provoke panic attacks in some people.
- Substance-induced anxiety disorder is characterized by symptoms of intense anxiety or panic that are a direct result of misusing drugs, taking medications, being exposed to a toxic substance or withdrawal from drugs.
- Other specified anxiety disorder and unspecified anxiety disorder are terms for anxiety or phobias that don’t meet the exact criteria for any other anxiety disorders but are significant enough to be distressing and disruptive.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if:
- You feel like you’re worrying too much and it’s interfering with your work, relationships or other parts of your life
- Your fear, worry or anxiety is upsetting to you and difficult to control
- You feel depressed, have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns along with anxiety
- You think your anxiety could be linked to a physical health problem
- You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — if this is the case, seek emergency treatment immediately
Your worries may not go away on their own, and they may get worse over time if you don’t seek help. See your doctor or a mental health provider before your anxiety gets worse. It’s easier to treat if you get help early.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental diseases. There are different types of anxiety disorders:
- GAD (generalized anxiety disorder)
This disorder is characterized by an excessive and unrealistic amount of worry on a daily basis. You can’t sleep at night, you experience stomach-ache, headache, heart palpitations, and other physical symptoms, like nausea. You are constantly tense and you can’t relax. You fear that something bad is going to happen.
- SAD (social anxiety disorder)
when you have this disorder, you are terrified by doing things in front of others (like speaking, eating, walking, even breathing!!). You are hyper aware of yourself. You can relax, but only when you are alone or with people who you know well. You feel that other people hate you, and that they are constantly judging you in a bad way.
- OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
You are afraid that something bad is about to happen, and to avoid this fact, you adopt repetitive and sometimes weird behaviors (known as compulsions), like, if I chew this piece of bread five times before I swallow it, I’ll not suffocate. Or: if i jump three times before entering the room, my parents won’t have an accident today. You also experience intrusive thoughts (what if..? ).
- phobias (arachnophobia, agoraphobia, ..)
You experience an intense fear caused by a specific thing or a specific situation and you avoid it at all costs.
- panic disorder
You experience sudden bouts of fear with no warning, and these attacks are so strong that you lose your sense of time, you breathe really fast and you feel like you’re going to die. A panic attack it lasts for about ten minutes usually. A panic attack is often confused with a heart attack because the physical symptoms are similar; chest pains and nausea.
- PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
You develop this disorder after experiencing a strong psychological trauma, such as war, physical or sexual assault. The symptoms are: nighmares, numbness, flashbacks, self destruction, anger and irritability. Physical symptoms are: chest pain, agitation, headaches and dizziness.
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This is a general question. It was written a lot about. No need for personalised answers. You may read in ICD 10 about symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder followings:
- A condition marked by excessive worry and feelings of fear, dread, and uneasiness that last six months or longer. Other symptoms of gad include being restless, being tired or irritable, muscle tension, not being able to concentrate or sleep well, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, sweating, and dizziness.
- An anxiety disorder characterized by excessive and difficult-to-control worry about a number of life situations. The worry is accompanied by restlessness, fatigue, inability to concentrate, irritability, muscle tension, and/or sleep disturbance and lasts for at least 6 months.
- An anxiety disorder characterized by free-floating, persistent, and excessive worry for at least six months.
- Apprehension of danger and dread accompanied by restlessness, tension, tachycardia, and dyspnea unattached to a clearly identifiable stimulus.
- Apprehension or fear of impending actual or imagined danger, vulnerability, or uncertainty.
- Fear and anxiety are part of life. You may feel anxious before you take a test or walk down a dark street. This kind of anxiety is useful – it can make you more alert or careful. It usually ends soon after you are out of the situation that caused it. But for millions of people in the United States, the anxiety does not go away, and gets worse over time. They may have chest pains or nightmares. They may even be afraid to leave home. These people have anxiety disorders. Types includepanic disorder obsessive-compulsive disorder post-traumatic stress disorder phobias generalized anxiety disorder treatment can involve medicines, therapy or both.
- Feeling of distress or apprehension whose source is unknown
- Feeling or emotion of dread, apprehension, and impending disaster but not disabling as with anxiety disorders.
- Feelings of fear, dread, and uneasiness that may occur as a reaction to stress. A person with anxiety may sweat, feel restless and tense, and have a rapid heart beat. Extreme anxiety that happens often over time may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.
- Term was discontinued in 1997. In 2000, the term was removed from all records containing it, and replaced with anxiety disorders, its postable counterpart.
- Unpleasant, but not necessarily pathological, emotional state resulting from an unfounded or irrational perception of danger; compare with fear and clinical anxiety.
- Vague uneasy feeling of discomfort or dread accompanied by an autonomic response (the source often nonspecific or unknown to the individual); a feeling of apprehension caused by anticipation of danger. It is an alerting signal that warns of impending danger and enables the individual to take measures to deal with threat.
Well, I ain’t no psychologist to tell you. In fact I was begging my parents to take me to a therapist, so they could tell me if I even have anxiety in the first place or I’m just being overdramatic. Now I know they probably can’t diagnose you with a snap of their fingers, but I was desperate. I still am. People tell me – ,, no, you don’t have anxiety, you’re just shy and you want attention and to be different so bad, that you self diagnose with mental illnesses, that you don’t have, because it’s trendy.” I’m sure a lot of people with actual mental ilnesses have heard that, as well as people that it would apply to. As I said, I’m no proffesional to be sure If I have it or not. People around me don’t believe me, my parents too, so they wouldn’t let me go to a psychologist. I know shy people and I know I feel worse than them in social situations. I know my ,, shyness” doesn’t only come down to being shy in front of strangers or nervous when I talk to a crowd. I’m anxious all the time. Just before I enter my classroom every morning, my stomach clenches. I’m not a new student and I’m not being bullied or scared by any of my classmates. I get shortness of breath before I meet up with my friends. Friends I’ve known for over 10 years. I avoid or get nervous sometimes even when I talk to my own parents. I can’t sing in front of them, jokingly, I can’t loosen up and dance when we’re listening to music. Being vocally examined by my teachers in front of the class about lessons I know like the back of my hand, makes my whole body shake, stomach ache, voice tremble and makes me want to throw my guts up. I get scared shitless when my phone rings and it isn’t my mom. I usually just see who’s calling, hang up and text them, because I just can’t talk over the phone. There’s a lot of things I can only say through a text. I stiffen up, blush, my hearts starts to pound whenever someone asks me a question about myself, because I’m so scared they’ll start making fun of my answer. Don’t get me started on having a fight with someone, my heart starts beating so fast, I get all red and flustered and I get immediate diarrhea. When I go out in public by myself, I constantly look around to see if someone’s staring at me and I get so self conscious that they are judging my hair, or my pimples or my eyebrows or the way that I look, or my crooked teeth that they can’t even see, because I’m not smiling. Ever. Cause I’m just so scared. I don’t dress up girly, do my hair or make up, because people are so used seeing me like this, I don’t want to hear what they have to say if I change. I’m scared that even with a dress and a face full of make up they are still going to think that I’m ugly. I stop myself mid talking and shut up, because I worry what I had said might have sounded weird. I feel so small and vulnerable when I’m outside by myself, without a group of friends to raise my self esteem. In fact the other day I was in the bus and I gave two coins to the guy for my ticket, he had to give me one back as change, but he forgot and I didn’t say anything to him, even though I needed the coin for another bus and I just ended up walking there. In the kindergarten there was one girl who used to sent her friend to threaten me and beat me up. I was too scared to stand up to her, but even more scared to tell the teacher. This ,, shyness” has made me go through the most awkward moments of my life. Two years ago, I was so scared of people my age that I went out and played with the kids. I was 15 at the time and they were 10. My mom was worried about me, she’d sent me to hang out with a girl from my class, who was also my neighbour, and her best friend. I wouldn’t know what to say to them, even though, I’ve grown up with them, so I would just sit down next to them and not say anything. Literally. Not even a ,, hi”. And when they’d get up to go somewhere else, I’d just follow them quietly. That was two years ago, mind you. I was 15. And there’s thousands more examples, I’d need days to count out. Now, I don’t know am I shy, have I spent too much time on tumblr, do I have anxiety, am I just lazy, or fucking weird and damaged, but whatever it is I just want it gone. I’d give up anything to be fixed.
There are many symptoms of health anxiety and everyone’s body reacts slightly differently. I’ve struggled with health anxiety since my wife’s death from cancer a few years ago and I’ll share some of the symptoms I’ve struggled with.
My health anxiety first manifested as a general worry that I’d get cancer and die. This was due to my experience with my wife and watching the process of her illness and death. I thought every ache or pain was an early sign of cancer in my body.
I was able to control this mostly by thinking about how rational these thoughts were. I mean, it doesn’t make much sense that a butt itch would be from cancer. But that’s where my mind went.
Then I started to get psychosomatic symptoms. The first was light-headedness that would randomly come on. I’d feel slightly dizzy and sick to my stomach. I never felt like I was going to faint, and actually, exercising and moving helped. I’ve had a history of concussions so I thought it was due to that, but talking to my doctor, we think it was actually health anxiety.
Then I started feeling tingling and numbness in limbs and body parts. I mostly felt this in my legs, feet, arms, ears and cheeks. It felt like the body parts were “asleep”, but the sensation would just appear as I was sitting at my desk and then eventually it would just disappear.
The next symptom I experienced was a tightness in my throat. It almost felt like a sore throat but it just felt tight and didn’t get worse when I swallowed. I could breathe fine, but it was definitely uncomfortable.
I also experienced chest and abdominal pains that would come out of nowhere. These were so bad that I went to the emergency room once thinking that I was having a heart attack. Then I had a panic attack in the waiting room and stormed into the nurse’s room telling them I was going to die. One grumpy nurse just rolled her eyes and told me to wait. Don’t blame her, to be honest. That must happen a lot.
I’ve been able to manage all of these symptoms despite still having worry about contracting illnesses. I’ve mainly been able to do this through meditation, prayer, social support, and challenging my automatic thoughts.
I also wrote on Medium about my experience with health anxiety during this coronavirus pandemic so you can check that out through my bio.
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Stress is a response to a threat in any given situation (such as a tight deadline at work, having an argument with a friend, etc.).
Anxiety is a person’s specific reaction to stress. Unlike stress, anxiety persists even after the situation has been resolved or passed.
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.”
In other words, an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.
There are two kinds of anxiety and stress inducing situations, those that happen once such as a traumatic event like a bereavement or near car crash and those that happen repeatedly such as work pressure (stress), relationship problems or negative family situations. Anxiety and stress inducing situations which happen once are more easily controlled, the event happens and the subject addresses and deals with the issues arising from that situation. The mind files the experience away as a memory and the person moves on. With events that happen constantly over a period of time the subconscious is affected and certain bodily systems can be ‘re-set’ which causes the physical manifestations of stress and anxiety.
The most common anxiety symptoms are:
- Insomnia – Probably the most common. When you have insomnia (hard to fall and/or staying asleep), you are a little more “cranky” and irritable than usual. Even you notice it.
- Lack of focus – You might have a difficult time concentrating, especially if you are concerned about other things.
- Physical symptoms – You might be on “edge” a lot, restless, uptight. You may have feelings you are not familiar with but know they shouldn’t be there.
- Worry / Tension, to the extreme – You may have irrational worries or concerns about loved ones, things, situations.
- Headaches – This physical symptom often occurs with many of the most common anxiety disorders. Sweating, muscle tightness, nausea and frequent urination are also present. You notice these things because they are not, or at least didn’t use to be, normal for you.
Anxiety symptoms range a great deal from person to person.
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Hmm that’s a good question.
Oh yes you can do a test alright.
But it’s so easy literally anyone could do it.
You don’t really need me or anyone to show you. Just Google the main symptoms, which anyone can find out and asses on say a scale of between 0–10.
Simply make a list of all the symptoms you have had, whilst being stressed out or generally worrying or having anxiety.
This is not an exhaustive list, and you may experience other stuff- less or more than the following examples listed.
Sweaty palms, cold sweats, shaking trembling, heart palpitations,dry mouth repetitive panic attacks, digestive disturbances, stomach aches, stomach cramps, uncomfortable (not euphoric or nice) unpleasant rush of adrenalin,signifying the flight or flee syndrome…dilated pupils, light headedness, unable to catch your breath, dizzyness,weakness, light headedness; intrusive negative thoughts going round and round in your head.
A general feeling of unease that you cannot control the stress you feel, nausea, fidgeting restlessness; an unexplained tendency to worry obsessively. picking or chewing your nails, or scratching your skin. Feeling out of synch, unable to relax generally, unexplained aches and pains or pins and needles in any part of your body, not able to sleep, or oversleeping, a general malaise as if something bad is going to happen, and its impossible to feel calm or in control.
Chewing fingers/nails, muscle stiffening,stiff neck, headaches hand or teeth clenching, ticks of any kind, interrupted sleep patterns, inability to face general living day to day, stammering, distracted, heartburn vomiting indigestion, avoiding others, appetite decreasing or increasing; hair pulling/ twisting, unable to control fast beating heart, breathlessness. over eating, or under eating. Exhaustion due to ‘’being on edge,’ easily irritated, tearful,abnormally snappy, feelings of fear or dread.; waking up in the night worrying. Tense stiff muscles pain in neck back shoulders etc. Unable to concentrate on hobbies or favourite pastimes. A decline in concentration and memory due to the anxiety sapping your physical and emotional strength. Sudden outbursts, Gradual decline in mood and energy.
I think you get the general idea.
Anxiety symptoms can be numerous and varied. They involve our body, mind and behaviour.
- Palpitations (Rapid / strong / irregular heartbeat).
- Fast and shallow breathing.
- Trembling and shaking.
- Legs feel like jelly.
- Excessive sweating.
- Dry throat and difficulty swallowing.
- Dizziness and feeling light-headed.
- Tightness across the chest.
- Needing the toilet.
- Generally feeling ‘on-edge’.
Other problems associated with physical anxiety symptoms may include: constant headaches, insomnia, and various muscle pains due to increased and prolonged tension.
- Feelings of apprehension and dread.
- Being ‘mildly scared’ for much of the time.
- Trouble concentrating.
- Starting to worry more.
- Increased self-consciousness.
- Thoughts about illness.
Anxious behaviour depends on personal beliefs about what is stressful and vary from person to person. However there are some common ones which include:-
- Making excuses to avoid going out or doing things.
- Hurrying out of places or situations where we feel anxious.
- Only going to quiet places where there aren’t many people.
- Not saying anything in front of others.
- Sitting near doors and exits or at the back.
- Walking to avoid buses; crossing the street to avoid people.
- Having a drink or taking a tablet before doing something stressful.
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Anxiety cannot be defined as “anxiety”. There are many different types of anxiety, many different reasons for this feeling we describe as anxiety. There is a natural sense, an uncomfortable nervousness we describe using the term anxiety. The type of anxiety I am attempting to describe is significant and serves an important purpose for our survival. It is the feeling so profound we feel in our gut right before something bad happens. It is a feeling we can trust to guide us, when we know something is wrong, but have no proof. Given time, we learn the feeling was not an error. It was an uncanny sixth sense, a feeling of significant agitation which when felt but not understood, could make us feel as though we are wired wrong. If we seek to eliminate this feeling, with prescription drugs, we might feel relief, until we learn that there was truly a viable reason to have felt so uneasy, so agitated.
Instantaneous anxiety is anxiety immediately followed with a confirmation of a reason why. I felt this while riding in my car in the fast lane of a busy highway. I thought I was coming apart, feeling so full of panic for no apparent reason. Suddenly a large extension ladder flew up and out of a pickup truck. I was expecting something, now I understood the feeling I had felt.
Upon another occasion, I felt crippling anxiety attending a series of zoning meetings. I later learned how deceptive the matter was. I was certain the anxiety was a warning to me, but I misunderstood the feeling, which is extremely annoying and inconvenient.
I would advise anyone experiencing the annoying feeling, the agitated state of mind and crippling effect to sit back and contemplate what the root cause might be. Perhaps write down a few thoughts relating to the feeling. Keep a daily log. Do not dismiss your anxiety before giving it a chance. Consider the possibility that it is trying to tell you something. Seeing a doctor and relating the intense feeling of anxiety may get you a mental diagnosis and a prescription for benzodiazepines. This is not what your anxiety intended to do. Sure, there might not be a good explanation for it, not immediately. Over time, as you pay attention to it, and learn natural techniques to calm yourself, you may be surprised to learn there really was a good reason after all. By then, you will be physically fit , practicing meditation and relaxation techniques everyday.
Panic attacks are more serious. When you fail to learn how to control low level anxiety, perhaps panic attacks are th result, in some.
It is my feeling we live in a fairly superficial world. Problems we experience which are fairly deep, are not often received well by others. Lawyers are expensive, we end up stuck with our troubles. Over time these troubles can be internalized. Anxiety may be a natural indication that we are becoming affected by difficulties. More than ever, during times of stress it is important to avoid the pitfalls, reach for a healthy, calm , lifestyle.
This is a question I get asked a lot by people who are trying to work out if what they are feeling is anxiety or is normal for a person with anxiety.
This list of symptoms has been taken from the NHS website and covers all of the symptoms that I usually see in clinic.
- feel tired, on edge, restless or irritable
- feel a sense of dread
- be unable to concentrate or make decisions
- have trouble sleeping
- feel sick, dizzy, sweaty or short of breath
- be shaky or trembly
- get headaches or tummy aches
- avoid situations or put off doing things you are worried about
- have difficulty falling or staying asleep
- experience a noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat
- have pins and needles
- have a dry mouth
- sweat excessively
- repeatedly check things or seek assurance from others
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety is caused by a fear of something. This could be anything from a fear of public speaking to a more generalised fear of everyday things that happen in life.
When we are looking at anxiety from a cognitive behavioural point of, it’s your thoughts about the situation that causes you fear that kickstarts the natural fight or flight response in your body. It’s the fight or fight response that causes the symptoms and feelings that are listed above.
As an example, if you wake up in the middle of the night because of a presentation you have to give in the morning there are a few different things you might be thinking:
Oh no, I have that tomorrow. I need to get back to sleep or it will be even more of a disaster that it was going to be already. What if I forget what I need to say? What if I make a mistake? What if I look stupid in front of everyone?
Do you think this person will be getting back to sleep soon?
Probably not and they will start to notice that they start getting the symptoms above.
Oh, I have woken up! Oh good there are a couple of hours before I need to get up for my presentation. I’m just going to get cosy as I can until I drop off again and my alarm goes off. I really enjoyed watching that film earlier the story was interesting, and I loved…. Zzzzzz
This person is much more likely to head back to sleep because they aren’t thinking about the situation in a way that causes them fear. They may well be nervous about the presentation, but they are able to control their thoughts and not stress themselves out.
What can we do about anxiety?
The types of therapy that I use are hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. These two therapies work really well together.
The cognitive behavioural therapy teaches you how you can change those fear inducing thoughts to more helpful ones and the hypnotherapy teaches your mind how to calm itself and focus on what you want to focus on
In common parlance, ‘worry’, ‘fear’ and ‘stress’ are words used as synonyms for anxiety. However, according to the DSM-5, symptoms must cause clinically significant distress for a diagnosis of a disorder to be made. A ‘feeling of anxiousness’ is a normal reaction to potential threat or danger and occurs when our body’s fight-flight response takes over. ‘Having anxiety’ commonly refers to when you have an anxiety disorder i.e., when the feeling of anxiety becomes too overwhelming that it causes impairment in everyday functioning.
Since ‘Anxiety’ is simply a symptom of an anxiety disorder, symptoms vary greatly with types. For instance, the diagnostic criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder are dissimilar to Panic Disorder, although they both fall under the ‘Anxiety Disorders’ category. It’s important to understand the nuances of these types to learn how to cope effectively. Common Anxiety Disorders
– Panic Disorder
– Social Anxiety Disorder
– Generalized Anxiety Disorder
– Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
– Specific Anxiety Disorders (Phobia-related disorders)General symptoms of anxiety disorders:
– Excessive worry or fear
– Avoiding things, people or situations that seems to trigger anxiety
– Tense muscles
– Trouble concentrating
– Heart palpitations
– Sleep problems
Certain Anxiety Disorders often have certain somatic symptoms such as a
Panic attack, which is often misunderstood as ‘Anxiety’ itself.
Signs you’re having a panic attack according to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual – 5th
Existence of four or more of the following symptoms:
- Palpitations, and/or accelerated heart rate
- Trembling or shaking
- Sensations of shortness of breath or being smothered
- A feeling of choking
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
- Derealization (Feelings of unreality) or Depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
- Fear of losing control or going insane
- Sense of impending doom
- Numbness or tingling sensations (paraesthesia’s)
- Chills or hot flushes
The presence of fewer than four of the above symptoms may be considered a limited-symptom panic attack