We all get anxious about different things. Nevertheless, research by American Psychology Association has proven that anxiety is a healthy emotion. While anxiety is often short-lived, there are some moments that the feeling won’t go away. In the latter case, the feeling might as well as be a medical disorder.
Anxiety is a type of mental health disorder and should be taken seriously. The disorder can trigger a rapid change in a person’s emotions or behavior. However, the good news is that anxiety disorder can be managed – but only with proper help from medical practitioners.
Regardless, managing or treating anxiety disorder requires being familiar with its symptoms. Furthermore, we all know that it is impossible to control what is unfamiliar, right?
The nine symptoms of anxiety disorder discussed below can help you understand if you have an anxiety disorder.
- Panic attacks
Also an unexpected incident of an extreme fear, panic attack can cause intense physical reactions for no apparent reason. The attack can be frightening, and one may feel that he/she is losing control of his own life – feels like dying. Panic attacks can strike at any time and anywhere. They can occur occasionally or frequently, and vary in intensity.
But how do you know that you have experienced a panic attack? Well, here are some sign to look out for:
- Sensing impending danger
- Rapid heartbeats
- Sweating profusely
- Shortness of breath
- Shaking or dizziness
- A feeling of detachment
Regardless, you shouldn’t assume the frequency at which you experience panic attacks for this would be an indication of panic disorder.
Overthinking is one of the closest partners of anxiety. And of course, you may find yourself overthinking, especially in situations that are unfamiliar or threatening. However, overthinking repeatedly could be an indication that there is more to your thought pattern. And that is where anxiety comes in.
Often, an anxious brain is hyper-vigilant, rotating around perceived threat or danger. And it is in such cases that you may find yourself creating problems where there are none since you are so worried about what might happen that you forget to live in the moment. If not keen, overthinking can wear you out – where you feel drained both physically and emotionally.
How often do you procrastinate? Have you figured out what the actual cause might be? Let’s make it easier by understanding what procrastination actually is.
Making goals and setting plans is the heart of life. However, the problem comes when we have to put plans into actions. While it is only reasonable to be thrilled about working on task or doing the actual thing, there is also the possibility of feeling unmotivated to act or creating reasons why you cannot react now, hence keep pushing the activity further and further away.
Procrastination is a deadly disease, It’s a disease that is often caused by the lack of energy to start or the fear of the outcome (mostly failure or rejection), as well as the need to have a temporary sense of relief. Procrastination can, therefore, be an indication of an anxiety disorder, and the frequency at which you procrastinate should act as a wake-up call to deal with the prime problem.
4. Needing Re-assurance
Seeking reassurance is, of course, normal since we are human beings and we are attracted to approval rather than rejection. However, the problem comes when you cannot do anything without being reassured.
More often than not, anyone with an anxiety disorder may find him/herself asking a question such as, “are you sure?” “Is it okay to do that?” “Will I get hurt?” “Are you telling the truth?” “How can I trust you?” Besides, these people may always say words such as “thank you”, “I’m sorry”, or even “please” in a situation were these words do not add up.
The above questions and phrases, are, of course, apparent appeals since they tend to protect us from impending dangers or disappointments, including demonstrating our human nature. Regardless, they could be a sign that you have an anxiety disorder that leads you to live in the “what if” moment continually.
Well, there are some moments when you feel like you are deprived of sleep. In most cases, you may find it hard to fall asleep or even wake up in the middle of the night. Regardless, it may be difficult to differentiate whether anxiety contributes to insomnia or the other way round. In other words, while sleep deprivation elevates the risk for anxiety disorders, insomnia can worsen the condition of anyone with anxiety disorder.
The only fact that stand is that both anxiety and insomnia can be treated or gradually improve.
6. Constant worry
Are there moments when you feel like your worrying has got out of control? If that’s the case, this might be a sign that you have an anxiety disorder.
While worrying is inevitable, excessive worrying may make it difficult for you to concentrate on an important assignment or even accomplish small tasks. It is mostly associated with a general anxiety disorder and may persist for at least six months when not countered accordingly.
7. Lack of patience
While impatience breeds anxiety, anxiety can also breed impatience. By nature, anxiety tends to alert us of impending dangers or harm. However, there is an anxiety that we tend to create in our minds even when there is no threat or harm. This kind of anxiety is often triggered by a lack of patience or the lack of trust in the future. That way, we tend thirst for what we can only get in the future (trying to be in control of everything, including what we cannot control) the, result being constant anxiety. In short, the inability to wait for what you think matters to you may be a sign that you have an anxiety disorder.
You can also know you have anxiety disorder when you are trying in every possible way to avoid situations that lower your morale. In most cases, you may be afraid of being criticized, being humiliated, or even feel anxious about upcoming social events. These are, but some of the few signs that you have an anxiety disorder, in most cases, a social anxiety disorder.
A social anxiety disorder may trigger a fear that limits one from meeting new people or opening up. And self-esteem may depreciate gradually, which predisposes an individual to feel insecure and seeking self-reassurance.
9. Stomach Issues
How do you know that it’s more than just a stomach upset?
Anxiety can manifest in various ways, and one sure sign we cannot ignore is stomachaches.
In most cases, we tend to rationalize abdominal cramps by basing the discomforts on gastrointestinal tract problems and overlooking the fact that it might as well as be as a result of anxiety disorder. Anxiety can make you feel sick to your stomach. This can manifest in the form of cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, or even abdominal pain. In that case, differentiating between anxiety disorder and a mere gastrointestinal tract problem is vital for choosing a workable treatment plan.
The Bottom Line
Various symptoms can characterize anxiety disorders. While some of these symptoms may be familiar to you, some may remain hidden for long. One of the common signs is excessive worry that is likely to distrust your day to day activities. Others symptoms include stomach issues, lack of patience, avoidance, procrastination, sleep problems, overthinking, panic attacks and the need for reassurance.
Recurring symptoms may indicate chronic anxiety disorder that requires immediate attention. Regardless of what signs you have, there are a variety of natural and medical solutions you can implement to achieve a healthy status of mind.
Be blessed as you seek inner peace!