Anxiety is an experience everyone goes through from time to time. But some people experience anxiety disorders which are intense, excessive, and persistent periods of worry and fear. Sometimes these periods of worry, fear, or terror can peak in a matter of minutes (panic attacks).
Anxiety disorders can be disruptive
Anxiety disorders can interfere with your social or work life. They are difficult to control, are a disproportionate response to the situation, and can last for a long time. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, separation anxiety, and social anxiety. It is possible to have more than one anxiety disorder.
There are generally anxiety disorder symptoms to take note of. But be aware that a person may display some, all, or none of the following symptoms of anxiety. Symptoms can also vary according to the type of anxiety disorder in question.
Symptoms of anxiety disorders
Like many mental disorders, anxiety can manifest through your body. Some physical symptoms include;
- Heart palpitations or increased heart rate
- Nausea and experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
- Dry mouth
- Cold or sweaty hands
- Shortness of breath, breathing rapidly, or hyperventilation
- Muscle tension.
Anxiety disorder is primarily a mental condition. The person’s mind may overreact to a situation and spiral. Some mental symptoms of anxiety to be aware of include the following;
- Feeling panic, fear, tenseness, nervousness, and uneasiness.
- Uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts, especially on the present worry
- Repeated thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic experiences.
The physical and mental symptoms will lead to behavioral actions that may be out of the ordinary. The behavioral symptoms to be aware of include:
- Ritualistic behaviors, such as washing hands repeatedly because you feel a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
- Inability to be still and calm.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Feeling weak or tired
- Having the urge to avoid anxiety triggers
You don’t have to be a prisoner of anxiety. You can overcome it with professional help from LightHouse Health.