Being anxious is a feeling everyone experiences from time to time when facing dangerous, uncomfortable, or new situations. Although it is not a pleasant feeling, it is necessary at times to help the body prepare for whatever challenge it must overcome. However, some may experience this feeling more often than others or even multiple times a day. Therefore, the feeling may begin to interfere in everyday life and hold the sufferer back from many of life’s beautiful opportunities for no apparent reason. The sufferer may now realize their normal anxious feeling has now spun into a full force anxiety disorder. To be sure, there are many signs and symptoms one can compare their struggle to better help identify the issue and find a possible solution.
Each person who believes they experience anxiety will most likely have signs and symptoms that vary from person to person because there are multiple types of anxiety disorders that manifest themselves in different ways. However, each anxiety disorder usually does have many similar signs and symptoms across the board regardless of the type of disorder.
Signs of an anxiety disorder are the aspects that are affecting the sufferer’s quality of life. Thes signs include:
- Does your anxiety interfere with any responsibilities such as work or school?
- Do you experience frequent irrational fear?
- Do you often feel worried or tense for no apparent reason?
- Do you avoid certain situations that are a part of daily life?
- Do you constantly feel paranoid or in immediate danger?
- Do you fear change or do things a certain way because you fear something bad will happen?
Emotional symptoms manifest in the brain and cause irrational or excessive thoughts and feelings. These symptoms include:
- Not being able to concentrate on simple tasks
- Fearing or believing the worse will happen
- On edge
- Fear or reluctance in communicating
- Fear or reluctance in social situations
- Fear or reluctance to change
Physical Symptoms are extremely common in all forms of anxiety because anxiety puts your body into overdrive, preparing it for danger or harm regardless if the situation requires this response or not. Many anxiety sufferers, who are unaware of their disorder, often visit the hospital on multiple occasions to explain the source of their symptoms believing they may have a medical illness. These symptoms include:
- Stomach upset
- Frequent urination or diarrhea
- Tremors and twitches
- Muscle tension
- Numbness and tingling
- Chest pain
- Neck tension
- Pulsing in the ear
- Heart palpitations
- Weakness in legs
- Inability to rest
- Pounding heart
- Shortness of breath
Anxiety/panic attacks are a part of the anxiety family. Many who do experience anxiety will only experience it through the form of an attack rather than having the feeling throughout their entire day. However, this is still just as detrimental because often the sufferer does not know when the attack will strike or what causes it. If they do know, they may avoid those situations which again will affect their quality of life. These symptoms include:
- Surge of overwhelming panic
- Heart palpitations
- Trouble breathing
- Hot flashes
- Trembling or shaking
- Feeling detached
- Feeling of loss of control
- Chest pain
- Chest tightness
- Throat tightness
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults in the Unites States struggle with some form of anxiety. As stated before, anxiety does manifest itself in different ways that vary from person to person. However, if multiple signs or symptoms apply to you, it is more than likely you also have some form of an anxiety disorder. As horrible as it may be, many people deal with this disorder effectively, and more and more information is being brought into the light to help those who suffer. It is important to seek emotionally and often medical treatment in regards to managing the disorder. There are many resources and treatments out there now that effectively help treat this devastating disorder. It is important to find what works for you and get your life back.