Signs That You May Be Suffering from Anxiety Part 2/5

More obvious signs of anxiety

Welcome back! In this lesson, we are going to talk about some of the more obvious signs of anxiety.

Normal anxiety is fleeting, meaning it happens when faced with an occasional stressful situation, such as a job interview – but once it is over the anxiety subsides. However, in some people the anxiety is frequent to the point where it is chronic. And when it reaches a point where it interferes with your daily life, then it is time to treat it – a topic on how to do that in a couple lessons from now.

Signs of anxiety can be broken down into three categories:

  • Physical
    • nervousness, restlessness, or being tense and always “on edge”
    • rapid heart rate to the point of palpitations in some cases
    • rapid breathing, or hyperventilation
    • increased or heavy sweating
    • trembling or muscle twitching
    • weakness and lethargy
    • insomnia
    • digestive or gastrointestinal problems, such as gas, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Psychological
    • feelings of danger, panic, or dread, usually of which are perceived and not real
    • weakness and lethargy
    • a strong desire to avoid the things that trigger your anxiety
    • obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Behavioral
    • difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
    • performing certain behaviors over and over again – another form of OCD
    • anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, especially indicative of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Why many people relate this one to combat military personnel specific, it can also relate to anyone that has suffered a traumatic incident such as assault, natural disaster, an accident, etc.

Some signs of anxiety are hard to tell from the symptoms of other diseases, such as heart disease, breathing disorders or other more physical medical conditions. Because signs are similar, people new to anxiety may make a few trips to the emergency room thinking they are having a medical emergency when in fact it is an anxiety attack.

Whew, we have covered a lot and we are only on the second lesson. In the next lesson, we discuss some of the ripple effects of anxiety. See you then!

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