The symptoms of anxiety include physical, behavioural and emotional and will be different for every person. Anxiety symptoms often change over time and may become more severe if left untreated.
Physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms of anxiety will vary between individuals but on the whole, most people will experience some degree of physical distress due to their anxiety disorder – it is our bodies way of telling us something is wrong.
People suffering from anxiety disorders often experience irritability, dizziness, nervousness and could have problems with sleep and their mood. They may also have palpitations, get breathless, sweaty, shake and have nausea and diarrhoea.
Having an anxiety disorder may mean someone will do everything in their power to avoid any chance of confrontation, or may worry excessively about failure and being ‘not good enough’. It’s very common for people with an anxiety disorder to become socially isolated, cancelling plans to socialise as they may assume no one wants to talk to them or they simply don’t have the energy to engage with others.
Although often not understandable to someone who doesn’t have anxiety, a person with anxiety will experience very real and often debilitating symptoms and distress that can dramatically affect their quality of life.
The physical symptoms of anxiety disorders can be very worrying, especially if they come on for no obvious reason. They include:
Having an anxiety disorder can mean you react emotionally in ways that seem out of your normal character or even seem counter intuitive.
It’s important to remember that people with an anxiety disorder spend much of their time in a heightened state of awareness, which can be emotional and physically exhausting.
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When you are feeling very anxious or if you have an anxiety disorder like a phobia or panic attacks – it is likely you won’t be able to do all the things you might wish you could. Sometimes, our anxiety disorders can make things worse as we shy away from certain situations, which can further compound our negative associations.
Depending on the anxiety disorder you have, you may have a range of different thoughts, which can include: