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Although anxiety disorders look different for each individual, there is one symptom that remains universal – continuous fear or worry. But for most people, their symptoms of anxiety are a mix of physical and psychological. Keep in mind that feelings of anxiety are normal. An anxiety disorder may be diagnosed only if you have anxiety symptoms most days in at least a six month period.
Living with an anxiety disorder doesn’t have to be debilitating. With the right care, it can be managed. Watch out for these 7 symptoms of anxiety to know when it might be time to ask for help.
Worrying is a normal human reaction. The key here is the term “excessive.” When the amount you are worrying outweighs the event that triggered it, you may have an anxiety disorder. To be considered a symptom of generalized anxiety disorder, your worrying must be severe and interrupt your ability to complete normal, daily tasks.
Feeling Abnormally Agitated or Irritable
Feelings of anxiety affect your sympathetic nervous system. In short, your body thinks you’re in danger and it’s getting ready to react. As a result, you may experience physical symptoms such as a racing heart or shaky, tingling hands. These feelings can cause irritability, tense muscles, and agitation.
Feelings of fatigue can be either chronic or come on after an anxiety attack. If you are fatigued and experience excessive worrying, it may be anxiety. But fatigue is also a common symptom of numerous other health conditions including major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Feelings of Restlessness
Restlessness is often described as feeling “on edge” or not being able to sit still. This is one of the common symptoms of anxiety in children and teenagers. If you are feeling restless most days for at least six months, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.
Excessive worrying generally results in difficulties staying concentrated or focused. Severe anxiety has been shown to disrupt the working memory. This is generally why you see a dip in performance during times of high anxiety. So, if you notice that you are having troubles concentrating it may be a symptom of anxiety.
Difficulty Falling or Staying Asleep
Sleep disturbances are one of the most common symptoms of anxiety. For many with an anxiety disorder, this means that it is difficult to fall and/or stay asleep. Luckily, treating anxiety also improves any sleep disturbances or insomnia as well.
Anxiety attacks happen when worrying or fear become overwhelming and intense resulting in physical symptoms. Symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, racing pulse, shaking, chest tightness, shortness of breath, nausea, and fear of losing control. If you suffer from frequent anxiety attacks, you may have a panic disorder.
How do You Know if You Have Anxiety?
The symptoms of anxiety are common symptoms of many other health conditions. They can be a sign of major depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Generally, what sets symptoms of anxiety apart is the above symptoms coupled with excessive worrying. If you think you may have an anxiety disorder, consult with a professional before self-diagnosing.
How to Treat Your Anxiety Disorder Naturally
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