Anxiety will feel different for everyone who suffers from it. Some people will experience just some of the symptoms, and others will feel all of them. This is why it can be a hard disorder to diagnose, but if you think you might be suffering from anxiety, then it is important to seek expert advice as soon as you can. The earlier your anxiety treatment starts, the better off you’ll be.
Physical Signs of Anxiety
Anxiety is known to bring on an array of physical symptoms that can be highly uncomfortable and scary. This is due to the activation of the fight or flight response. It might start, for example, with a churning feeling in your stomach, and that could even lead to diarrhea or the feeling that you might need to use the bathroom urgently.
Also, anxiety will often leave people feeling dizzy or lightheaded. This can be either severe or mild, but no matter how bad the feeling is, it is going to impact on your day to day life. For example, driving a car when feeling lightheaded is not possible, and if the dizziness is severe, then even leaving the house can be dangerous.
Pins and needles are an uncomfortable feeling, and it is associated with anxiety. This is due to two different reasons. The first is that, when you are anxious, you are much more aware of every sensation in your body, and therefore you are more likely to notice the tingling sensation. The second reason is that you are breathing more shallowly when you are panicked, and this means your nerves aren’t getting enough oxygen, which can cause that “pins and needles” feeling.
Other physical symptoms include the inability to sit still – you cannot rest because you are concerned about what is going to happen. You might also develop headaches or other pains in your body, which is due to the shallow, faster breathing mentioned earlier. Your heart will speed up, you may experience chest pain, and your blood pressure will increase. In many cases, you will start to sweat more. These are all signs of an anxiety attack. Panic attacks are another physical symptom that may occur.
Nighttime is difficult for those with anxiety. Insomnia is a common symptom, and so is the grinding of teeth when you do get to sleep.
Psychological Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
Of course, with anxiety being a mental health disorder, there are several mental signs of anxiety too. These include the feeling of being unable to relax and constantly being anxious (as might be expected). This can become more severe or milder, depending on the situation the sufferer is facing. In some cases, this feeling can become one of complete dread and fear, causing them not to be able to do anything.
Some people will feel as though the world around them is literally speeding up or slowing right down, which is something extremely disconcerting to have to feel and think about. You might also think that no matter where you go, people are looking at you, perhaps even judging you.
Everyone has had disappointments, embarrassments, or upsetting experiences in their life. If you are suffering from anxiety, you might replay these over and over in your head, and you become more and more anxious as time goes on.
For some, it goes further. Worries are something that their mind tells them is keeping them safe, and if they stop worrying or try to calm themselves, something bad will happen. This will make it harder to control the symptoms of anxiety.