Most of the time anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and helps you stay alert, it helps you cope. But other times anxiety can be disabling if it interferes with daily life.
People with anxiety disorders experience a combination of anxious thoughts or beliefs, physical symptoms, and changes in behavior, including avoiding everyday activities they used to do. Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms. They all involve a fear and dread about things that may happen now or in the future.
Physical signs of anxiety may include:
• Choking sensations
• Dizziness and vertigo
• Excessive sweating
• Hot flashes or chills
• Insomnia and exhaustion
• Panic attacks
• Pounding or racing heart
• Shortness of breath
Emotional signs of anxiety may include:
• Being overly vigilant towards danger
• Catastrophic thinking
• Concentration problems
• Fear of losing control
• Feelings of dread
• Inner tension and nervousness
• Irritability or edginess
If you are worried that your anxiety is high it is good to consult with a trained professional. One of our psychologists can help you to make sense of your anxiety.