Discovering The Common Symptoms Of Anxiety

Discovering The Common Symptoms Of Anxiety

Every case of anxiety comes from a unique set of circumstances. As a result, the specific symptoms tend to vary from person to person. What defines a case of clinical anxiety is a chronic, or ongoing, set of symptoms. Unlike those experiencing normal anxiety, chronic sufferers may not need specific scenarios to experience them. If you’ve ever wondered if chronic anxiety is something you live with, this guide may help. We’ll examine some of the most common symptoms and help you decide if it’s time to see someone.

Common Signs Of Types Of Anxiety

When it comes to understanding clinical anxiety, it pays to be aware there are different types. For some, it manifests as a generalized anxiety disorder. Others may have to contend with a panic disorder. In yet other patients, the anxiety may manifest as a specific form of phobia. While each of these disorders is different, there are some common symptoms. Each of the following is related, to a lesser or greater degree, to all anxiety disorders:

  • Excessive Worrying – NIMH, the National Institute of Mental Health, reports that those with anxiety disorders live with persistent feelings of dread or worry. While we all got through periods like this, it’s the duration that matters. Anxiety patients will have periods lasting greater than six months where this feeling persists. School, relationships, finances, health, and social interactions are just some of the causes. It can be hard to keep the feelings manageable, even if they are known to be irrational.
  • Difficulties Sleeping & Restlessness – Insomnia is a common symptom of those with anxiety. Tension and fear are commonly reported to be the core cause of these conditions. Many anxiety patients state that a good night’s sleep is few and far between. Without sleep, our body and mental health can begin to suffer. Anxiety, in particular, is tied to a lack of sleep. This makes the condition rather self-perpetuating. Sleeping aids may help, though natural sleep is better.
  • Fatigue – Even in cases where sleep is possible, it may feel unsatisfying. This can result in those with anxiety feeling fatigued and irritable. In many cases, they may be quick to tire and report a general dissatisfaction with life.
  • Concentration Issues – One outcome of anxiety is difficulty concentrating. Insomnia and fatigue don’t help with these symptoms. They aren’t the only source, however. The persistent nervousness and worrying that come with anxiety can make clear thought difficult. Anxiety sufferers also tend to delay things that cause them to experience symptoms.

This list indicates some of the more frequently experienced symptoms that those suffering from anxiety experience. However, it is in no way comprehensive.

Speak To Your Mental Health Provider To Learn More

If these symptoms sound familiar, it may be time to get help. Your mental health provider can get you on the path to managing your anxiety. There are many effective techniques for sufferers, including therapy and medication. With a little help, you may be able to manage your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. Don’t wait; get started now!

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April is the founder of Prestige Mental Health and is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is qualified to practice primary care and psychiatry. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. April specializes in psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, PTSD/trauma, bipolar, and schizophrenia.