Anxiety is a common emotion, it is normal to have this feeling when faced with difficult situations. However, it is important to analyze whether the level of anxiety is proportionate to the situation on hand. In the same way, if the level of anxiety is way above the prominence of the event and its way above your usual tolerance level, it is possible that you are exhibiting signs of anxiety disorder and anxiety symptoms.
Additionally a disproportionate level of worrying and fear is a strong indicator of anxiety disorder, there are a lot of anxiety symptoms that can help you identify whether you are experiencing an anxiety disorder.
Symptoms Of Anxiety
There are different symptoms of anxiety which are not only physical, emotional but also cognitive.
- tightness in chest and chest aches
- breathing difficulties
- dizziness or light-headedness
- heart palpitations
- indigestion and nausea
- sore muscles and general tiredness
- excessive sweating and hyperventilation
- shaking and general disorientation
- excessive fear and worry
- a disproportional amount of anxiousness
- a general sense of dread
- irrational levels of anxiety-related emotions (nervousness, fear, unease)
- fear of death or dying
- fear of losing sanity
- Distortion of reality
- Exaggeration of problems on hand
- Disorientation and a general sense of detachment
- Confusion and an inability to concentrate
- Forgetfulness and other memory problems
- In extreme cases, delusions and hallucinations
- moodiness or mood swings
- irritability and impulsiveness
- unfounded terror or sadness
- anger and agitation
- hysteria and delirium
- hopelessness and suicidal thoughts
Not to mention it is not necessary that you need to experience all the symptoms, you might experience a combination of few, it is important to seek help and get a proper diagnosis.
Kinds Of Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety Symptoms
General Anxiety Disorder
Furthermore, being in a state of constant worry and fear, frequent thoughts about things going bad, insomnia, restlessness, lack of appetite or other eating disorders are some of the symptoms that might indicate that you are suffering from a General Anxiety Disorder.
If you are someone who suffers from a panic disorder, you will experience frequent and sudden panic attacks, as a matter of fact, you would live in a state of fear of experiencing a panic attack. You would start avoiding places where you previously experienced panic attacks as you start perceiving them as triggers for your attacks.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social situations and interactions are nightmares in the first place if you are suffering from a social anxiety disorder, you would constantly be worried about how people perceive you, scared of being embarrassed or facing any kind of humiliation in front of others. You start avoiding social interactions out of sheer dread of negative experience and also due to constant thought that people may judge yours for your words.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is triggered not only by extremely traumatic incidents but also due to many life-endangering experiences, the experience leaves a deep impact that it spikes up your anxiety levels. If you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, you would experience nightmares and flashbacks to the traumatic experience, these episodes feel real and thus spiking your anxiety and panic levels. You might also experience some of the characteristics of panic disorders, a few symptoms of PTSD are similar to that of panic attacks.
Therapy for Anxiety
The good thing about anxiety disorders is that they can be treated with therapy, especially behavioral therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most efficient ways of treating anxiety. In CBT your patterns are identified, and changes are then implemented to change the thinking and behavioral patterns to improve your mental state.
Exposure therapy is a different approach where you would be gradually exposed to your anxieties not only in a controlled but also a safe environment, through regular exposure and positive experiences, your fears subside, and you would be slowly pulled out of anxiety.