Mommy's Favorite Things: Symptoms of Anxiety

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common types of mental ailments in the country and affects millions of people every day. However, despite being a common occurrence many people don’t talk about their problems and do this for many reasons. No matter the reasoning it is important to understand that help and tools exist to make your life better. If you’ve tried in the past to deal with your anxiety and not succeeded this does not mean you can’t succeed in the future, and it is also not your fault as it can take time to find what works for you. Tools such as can help you improve your life and provide guidance. 

Signs of Anxiety

The symptoms of anxiety can be varied and some can easily be mistaken for some other problem. Here are five common signs of anxiety-related issues.

  1. Worry: increased worry is one of the more common signs of anxiety. What differentiates anxiety-induced worry from common feelings of worry is the response level and the triggering events. The worry associated with anxiety is often far more severe than the situation warrants, makes you unable to perform common daily tasks, the causes are often common everyday events and occur daily for a long period of time (roughly six months). 
  2. Lack of Social Engagement: with anxiety, you can find your normal social interaction negatively impacted. Social anxiety can include avoiding large gatherings due to fear, fear of judgment, the fear you will be embarrassed, and high levels of fearfulness about routine social engagement such as going out with friends.
  3. Panic Attacks: a symptom often associated with anxiety, panic attacks are defined as an overwhelming sense of fear that is often debilitating. Panic attacks can cause increased heartbeat, shortness of breath, shaking, fear of loss of control, and tightness in the chest. Depending on the nature of your anxiety, panic attacks can occur far more often than reported by people without anxiety-related issues.
  4. Lack of Sleep: with anxiety, your ability to fall and stay asleep can be negatively affected. Sleep issues can include your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and waking up during the night. Insomnia and anxiety can be linked and many with one ailment often report the other. Treating your anxiety can improve any insomnia or sleep-related issue you may be having by addressing the underlying cause. 
  5. Irritableness: with anxiety, you can find yourself far more irritable than you would be normally. Studies show that when your anxiety symptoms are at their worst your irritability levels can be noticeably higher. This increase in irritation is caused due to the high levels of worry and increased emotional response that anxiety can cause.

Final Thoughts

When you have anxiety it is very easy to feel that your life is out of your control. Luckily there is assistance available to help you manage your anxiety. Steps you can take include professional medical care, changes to your diet, lifestyle changes, and smartphone apps designed to help you feel better. Often a person’s anxiety solution involves several methods and treatments and can be highly personalized. There is no one size fits all solution and part of getting better is seeing what works for you.