Symp­toms of anx­i­ety are very dif­fi­cult to notice imme­di­ate­ly. In this arti­cle, we will con­sid­er a list of the most com­mon con­di­tions, when they appear, you need to seek help.

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What is an anxiety disorder?

A ran­dom feel­ing of anx­i­ety can hap­pen to any­one right now, because the coun­try is under a full-scale inva­sion by Rus­sia. But if your symp­toms are con­tin­u­ous, or with too lit­tle inter­vals, pre­vent­ing you from liv­ing and ful­fill­ing your duties, you should seek help from a spe­cial­ist.

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Accord­ing to the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health, there are sev­er­al types of anx­i­ety dis­or­ders, and they all depend on one impor­tant symp­tom: an over­whelm­ing feel­ing of anx­i­ety and fear that invades a per­son­’s per­son­al life and inter­feres with liv­ing.

12 symptoms of anxiety disorder

There are sev­er­al signs and symp­toms com­mon to most anx­i­ety dis­or­ders.

WARNING! This arti­cle is not a way to diag­nose or self-diag­nose. Only a spe­cial­ist can give you the cor­rect diag­no­sis!

1. Sleep problems

An adult usu­al­ly sleeps about sev­en hours a day. But when your sleep regime begins to suf­fer — short­ens, or on the con­trary, great­ly length­ens — this is a sign that some­thing has gone wrong.

Accord­ing to research by ADAA physi­cians, stress and anx­i­ety can cause or exac­er­bate sleep prob­lems.

2. Strong excitement

Ordi­nary anx­i­ety and fear is absolute­ly nor­mal, but if it does not go any­where, pre­vents you from liv­ing and work­ing, does not let you sleep and occu­pies all your thoughts, you should con­tact a doc­tor about this prob­lem.

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3. Irrational fears

Some anx­i­ety dis­or­ders cause spe­cif­ic fears: fear of fly­ing, ani­mals, loud nois­es, etc. If this fear suf­fo­cates you, pre­vents you from liv­ing nor­mal­ly, or sig­nif­i­cant­ly affects your life, this indi­cates a dis­or­der.

4. Muscle tension

Almost con­stant ten­sion in the mus­cles, for exam­ple — clench­ing the jaw, fists — often accom­pa­nies anx­i­ety dis­or­ders. This symp­tom often goes so far that a per­son can stop notic­ing it after a while. But he is not going any­where from this.

5. Scary scenes

This is anoth­er symp­tom of anx­i­ety. Most peo­ple usu­al­ly feel a lit­tle fear, a slight ner­vous­ness before pub­lic speak­ing. But if the fear is so strong that noth­ing can help or reduce it even a lit­tle, you should ask for help.

6. Chronic upset stomach

Some­times anx­i­ety isn’t just about the jit­ters before speak­ing to a large audi­ence, or the fear of read­ing bad news. Anx­i­ety dis­or­ders often cause stom­ach prob­lems: nau­sea, diar­rhea, indi­ges­tion.

Anx­i­ety can real­ly make your stom­ach hurt, this is not fic­tion.

7. Panic attack

Repeat­ed pan­ic attacks are the main rea­son imme­di­ate­ly con­tact a spe­cial­ist. Not every­one who suf­fers from a pan­ic attack has an anx­i­ety dis­or­der, but peo­ple who expe­ri­ence them repeat­ed­ly may be diag­nosed with pan­ic dis­or­der. Peo­ple with this dis­or­der fear when, where, and why their next seizure might occur, and they tend to avoid places where seizures have occurred in the past, which can sig­nif­i­cant­ly affect qual­i­ty of life.

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8. Fear of crowds

Peo­ple with social anx­i­ety dis­or­der usu­al­ly often think that every­one around them is star­ing at them, and at the same time they expe­ri­ence cer­tain symp­toms — facial red­ness, tremors, heat, sweat­ing, dif­fi­cul­ty speak­ing. These symp­toms often pre­vent peo­ple from main­tain­ing rela­tion­ships, being effec­tive at work and in every­day life.

9. Compulsive behavior

Obses­sive-com­pul­sive dis­or­der is when a per­son is not only haunt­ed by obses­sive thoughts and ideas. They are also accom­pa­nied by com­pul­sive actions: reas­sur­ing one­self that every­thing is fine again and again, con­stant­ly wash­ing hands, fix­ing things, and so on.

Com­pul­sive behav­ior includes such “rit­u­als” that begin to con­trol a per­son­’s life. For exam­ple, a per­son may close and open the door of a room three times before leav­ing or enter­ing.

10. Perfectionism

Obses­sive per­fec­tion­ism goes hand in hand with anx­i­ety dis­or­ders, say psy­chol­o­gists. If a per­son con­stant­ly “tugs” him­self, judges and bites for some minor mis­takes, wor­ries that he does not meet his stan­dards, it is prob­a­bly not that he is some­how not like that.

11. Flashbacks

Flash­backs are reliv­ing a trau­mat­ic expe­ri­ence or event. And they are the main symp­tom of post-trau­mat­ic stress dis­or­der, or PTSD for short. This is the main “bell” that you should urgent­ly con­tact a doc­tor for help!

12. Self-doubt

Con­stant self-doubt, doubts about one’s com­pe­tence, impos­tor syn­drome and prob­lems with self-esteem are fre­quent com­pan­ions of var­i­ous anx­i­ety dis­or­ders and even OCD.

Be atten­tive to your­self and your health!