Everyone become anxious at one point or another about specific things. Giving a presentation at work, fear of flying, nervousness due to a job interview or an upcoming competitive race are all common examples of “everyday” anxiety among most people. This type of healthy anxiety is transient and does not affect people on a daily basis. Some of these healthy anxiety triggers help us complete tasks and deadlines while others help us avoid danger. However, when these feelings of worry and restlessness become so frequent and severe that they begin to take over your life, then this turns into a pathologic disorder.
Anxiety disorders are common psychiatric disorders that affect women and men from all different ethnicities. Anxiety usually initially occurs in childhood and early adolescence rather than late in adulthood and affects the mind and body in multiple ways. Anxiety presents in all different forms and therefore it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate what is normal anxiety vs. pathologic anxiety.
People with anxiety tend to show physical symptoms as well as emotional and mental symptoms. Physical symptoms induced by anxiety can manifest as a rapid heartbeat known as palpitations, sweating, chest pain, gastrointestinal problems such as nausea and diarrhea, dizziness, shortness of breath, clammy hands, and twitching or trembling. Many other medical conditions can exhibit these symptoms and therefore, before anxiety is diagnosed, and and all underlying conditions should be ruled out. Some of the most common emotional and mental symptoms of anxiety include the following:
- Being easily fatigued
- Excessive worry
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbance
- Restlessness or feeling on edge
- Excessive irrational fears
- Panic attacks
- Physically avoiding situations that cause anxiety (isolating)
- Although not a diagnostic feature, suicidal ideation and completed suicide have been associated with generalized anxiety disorder
Along with these symptoms, different specific forms of anxiety, such as Generalized Anxiety, Acute anxiety or PTSD, will exhibit different other symptoms as well. Anxiety disorders can severely interfere with someone’s life and will often worsen without proper treatment.
If you or your loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder please do not hesitate to find help! Call the Anxiety Treatment Centers of California today at 855-972-9459 to get help for an anxiety disorder.