To some degree, everyone experiences some level of anxiety throughout their life as it is normal to have feelings of worry,nervousness or self doubt. Anxiety becomes problematic when an individual experiences frequent episodes of anxiety that significantly impacts their ability to complete a task. An indicator that anxiety has truly impacted someone’s ability to function is if avoidance behaviors start to increase which limits how engaged they can be in their life. For an adult this can be avoiding going to work due to increased fear and worry or for a child refusing to go to school.
Anxiety is going to look different for everyone as people may have a flight, fight or freeze response meaning they may move away, move towards or not move at all from their feared situation.
Here are the most common symptoms of anxiety:
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Having trouble sleeping
- Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
- Having difficulty controlling worry
- Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
As anxiety and depression share some similar symptoms, it’s best to consult with a trained professional to determine which may be most dominant for you so that you can determine the best treatment approach.
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