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15 ways to tell if you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder

November 26, 2018

{ url: "", caption: "As you might imagine, excessive worrying can be very distracting. People who suffer from anxiety often find it difficult to concentrate on daily tasks. A study<\/a> of 175 adults found that 90 percent of them had a hard time concentrating. The worse their anxiety, the more difficult it was to focus. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738676", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "It's hard to concentrate on daily tasks", },

{ url: "", caption: "A small stressor might not remain small for someone with an anxiety disorder. While most people are able to talk themselves out of spiraling, this is much more difficult for someone with anxiety to do. Minor source of stress<\/a>, such as a strange look from a coworker or a last-minute change in scheduling, can end up altering the trajectory of that person\u2019s entire day. nxiety symptoms tend to build on one another. Working with a mental health professional to learn tools and tactics to prevent this from happening can be beneficial. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738677", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "When you get stressed, it is very difficult to calm down", },

{ url: "", caption: "Your sympathetic nervous system can also spike your heart rate, resulting in a racing pulse and increased feelings of alertness. Your brain is perceiving danger, and therefore is pumping blood through your body at a much higher rate. This happens when you\u2019re scared or alarmed for other, more obvious reasons. But people with anxiety can experience this reaction without any external triggers<\/a>. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738679", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Your heart rate gets sky high", },

{ url: "", caption: "Maybe you feel like squirming out of your chair or have an inexplicable urge to get up and move. Some people describe the feeling as \u201Con edge.\u201D If you have anxiety, your brain perceives danger where there is none \u2014 and it\u2019s giving you jitters. Not all people with anxiety experience this effect, but many doctors use it as a basis for diagnosis, especially in children. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738682", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You feel restless", },

{ url: "", caption: "This might seem counterintuitive. You\u2019re always on red alert, but you\u2019re also always tired? But if you have anxiety, you may know exactly how that feels. People with anxiety can become easily fatigued or may even experience chronic fatigue. Sometimes, this exhaustion only follows after the person has endured a panic attack. But for others, it can be more common. However, fatigue can come from any number of causes<\/a>, including other mental health disorders. So fatigue is by no means an immediate diagnosis. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738683", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You're always tired", },

{ url: "", caption: "You might find yourself more prone to getting upset by otherwise minor annoyances or snapping at people throughout the day. According to a recent study<\/a>, 90 percent of adults with anxiety reported feeling irritable when their anxiety would strike. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738684", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You're irritable or moody", },

{ url: "", caption: "Your worrying could literally be keeping you up at night<\/a>; this is especially likely if you\u2019re someone with anxiety. Having trouble falling and staying asleep is characteristic of many people\u2019s experiences who suffer from anxiety. Insomnia can take its toll on your physical health<\/a>, as well as make mental health problems (including anxiety) worse. To help combat this, there are certain bedtime rituals and meditations you can try. Talk with a mental health professional to see what sleep-promoting behaviors<\/a> may work for you. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738685", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You have trouble falling asleep", },

{ url: "", caption: "Many people think that all panic attacks look the same: someone crying, screaming, or generally appearing panicked in an extreme way. However, some panic attacks are much more subtle than that, and they can occur in many different forms. The one thing that all panic attacks have in common is that they entail a sudden and overwhelming sense of fear. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America<\/a>, they are often characterized by symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat, shaking, sweating, shortness of breath, throat constriction, nausea, dizziness, and more. These episodes most commonly peak in severity after 10 minutes before beginning to subside. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738687", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You experience panic attacks", },

{ url: "", caption: "Many people with an anxiety disorder experience what\u2019s called social anxiety, wherein a person is fearful of social situations. As a result, a person may avoid these situations entirely and turn to isolation for comfort. But in the long run, prolonged isolation may do more harm to the person\u2019s mental health than good. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738690", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You tend to isolate yourself", },

{ url: "", caption: "These fears are called \u201Cphobias,\u201D and they\u2019re more common than you might think. According to some studies<\/a>, 12.5 percent of Americans will experience a phobia at some point in their lives. People have phobias to many different things, but some examples might be a particular type of animal, natural disasters, objects such as needles, or environments. Agoraphobia, for instance, is a fear of open and public spaces. If you find that there are certain situations or objects that trigger irrational levels of fear, it may be characteristic of an anxiety disorder. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738692", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You have specific and irrational fears", },

{ url: "", caption: "Not because you just hit the gym<\/a>. Due to all the muscle tension involved with anxiety, some people report soreness and agitation of their muscles. The feeling may be similar to a constant strain or tightness. Any muscle group can be affected, but many with anxiety experience soreness in the neck and upper back. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738693", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Your muscles are sore", },

{ url: "", caption: "When people feel anxious or stressed, they often report feeling lightheaded and dizzy. Reciprocally, dizziness can cause anxiety. According to the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy<\/a>, this may be due to the fact that both functions are involved with the area of the body near your inner ear. During panic attacks especially, someone with anxiety may find themselves feeling faint. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738694", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You feel faint or dizzy", },

{ url: "", caption: "Anxiety can manifest physically in many ways, one of which is otherwise unexplained sweating. This is due to the way anxiety interferes with your sympathetic nervous system \u2014 that\u2019s the part of your nervous system responsible for the \u201Cfight or flight\u201D response you\u2019re wired with for survival. When this part of your body gets triggered, you may begin to sweat. This sweating typically is concentrated in the palms. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738695", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You have sweaty palms", },

{ url: "", caption: "Anxiety can wreak havoc on your digestive system, causing nausea, stomach pain, and loss of appetite. According to the Mayo Clinic<\/a>, this may be caused by changes to the nervous system and anxiety\u2019s interference in hormones and the brain\u2019s response to neurotransmitters. The Mayo Clinic also says that people with indigestion may be more likely to have even more symptoms of anxiety as a result, especially if they believe their indigestion is due to something wrong with their health. If you are suffering from an upset stomach, these soothing teas can help<\/a>! (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109738697", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You have indigestion", },


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Everyone feels anxious sometimes. You might fret about the future or feel nervous before a first date. But some people feel anxious all of the time — or at least it seems like it. For people with an anxiety disorder, their anxious feelings can be so frequent or severe that they interfere with their everyday lives. But how can you tell whether your anxiety is normal or if it’s a diagnosable condition? Before anxiety can be treated, the person suffering needs to know that they may have a mental condition and can reach out for help. These 15 signs are common indicators of an anxiety disorder. (This story originally appeared on The Active Times.)
(The Active Times Staff)

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