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Anxiety

Anxiety can manifest in various ways, and symptoms may vary from person to person. Here are some common symptoms associated with anxiety.

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Excessive worry

Persistent and excessive worry about various aspects of life, such as work, relationships, health, or everyday situations.

Restlessness

Feeling constantly on edge, restless, or unable to relax. It may be accompanied by a sense of impending danger or doom.

Irritability

Easily getting irritated, experiencing mood swings, or feeling on edge. Small things that wouldn't typically bother a person may trigger an intense response.

Difficulty concentrating

Finding it challenging to focus or concentrate on tasks due to intrusive thoughts or worries.

Racing thoughts

Having a rapid flow of thoughts, which may be difficult to control or quiet down. These thoughts often revolve around potential negative outcomes or worst-case scenarios.

Physical symptoms

Anxiety can also cause various physical symptoms, such as: Rapid heartbeat or palpitations; Shortness of breath or feeling breathless; Chest tightness or discomfort; Sweating; Trembling or shaking; Dizziness or lightheadedness; Gastrointestinal issues; such as stomachaches or nausea; Muscle tension or aches; Fatigue or low energy levels.

Sleep disturbances

Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restless and unrefreshing sleep due to racing thoughts or heightened arousal.

Avoidance behavior

Avoiding certain situations or places that might trigger anxiety, leading to social withdrawal or a significant impact on daily activities.

Excessive self-consciousness

Constantly worrying about being judged by others, feeling embarrassed or humiliated, or being overly concerned about making mistakes or being perceived negatively.

Panic attacks

In some cases, anxiety can escalate into panic attacks, which are intense episodes of fear or discomfort. Symptoms may include a rapid heart rate, chest pain, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, a sense of impending doom, and a feeling of being out of control.

Important Notice

It's important to note that experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, but when anxiety becomes persistent, excessive, and starts interfering with daily functioning, it may be indicative of an anxiety disorder. If you or someone you know is experiencing significant distress or impairment due to anxiety, it is advisable to seek professional help from a healthcare provider or mental health professional.

I suffered with major anxiety & depression, but after working with Sunrise Mental Health, everything is more manageable.

Robb Walters

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