Signs of Anxiety

The symptoms of anxiety are not the same for all people and sometimes not all that obvious as they often develop over time, there are however some common symptoms of anxiety that people experience in terms of feelings, behaviors, thoughts, and physical sensations.

Anxiety Attack

An anxiety attack occurs when the body experiences a sudden surge of adrenaline that is unprovoked or out of proportion to any perceived danger or threat.

Adrenaline is the hormone involved in the fight-or-flight response, and a sudden release of this hormone prepares the body to flee from danger or to physically confront the danger.

Under normal conditions, adrenaline levels quickly revert to normal once the fear is removed. This drop in adrenaline does not happen with an anxiety attack and a person may take several hours to fully recover from the symptoms

Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that includes different conditions:

  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Specific phobias For specific object or situation
  • Generalized anxiety disorder

You might experience some of the things listed below, and you might also have other experiences or difficulties that aren’t listed here.

Emotional symptoms:

If you have an anxiety disorder, the strongest emotional symptoms that you may experience are ones related to feelings of fear. You may constantly feel like danger is near, and you may feel like you have little control over your environment.

Excessive Fear

People whose physical makeup predisposes them to chronic anxiety, unrelated to threat. They worry about everything, no matter how unreal the perceived threat seems to be. They have an Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This type of anxiety is not adaptive. It doesn’t warn you about anything specific, so that you have no way to put an end to how you feel.

Fear of Death

Anxiety problems actually create the fear of death on their own. Some make anxiety disorders worse or more common, the fear of death may be a phobia itself, and not the result of an anxiety symptom.

The fear of death is a common cause and effect of anxiety, and even those without anxiety often experience this fear in some ways.

Obsessive Thinking

Persistent and obsessive thoughts are one of the most common signs of an anxiety disorder. This means is that you cannot focus on anything other than a specific issue (or a few issues), and no matter how hard you try you cannot distract yourself.

Physical Symptoms

The physical symptoms of anxiety vary depending upon which type of disorder you have. Some of the symptoms you may notice are

Chest Pain 

One of the most frightening anxiety symptoms is chest pain. That’s because chest pain is associated with serious heart problems, leading many to worry about their own health. Yet it is common for chest pain to actually be a symptom of anxiety.

This is often due to the way you breathe both before and during a panic attack. Generally that chest tightness comes with other symptoms that can mimic a heart attack, which is why many people are hospitalized every year thinking they’re suffering from heart trouble

Panic Attacks

A panic attack is when your body experiences a rush of intense mental and physical symptoms. It can come on very quickly and for no apparent reason.

Most panic attacks last for between five and 20 minutes. Some panic attacks have been reported to last up to an hour.

The number of attacks you have will depend on how severe your condition is. Some people have attacks once or twice a month while others have them several times a week.

 Racing Heart

Uncomfortable changes in heart rate are the most frequently reported symptoms of anxiety, it elevate your heart rate and increase the force of each beat, similar to symptoms of atrial fibrillation. If you’re hiking and run into a bear, the anxiety you experience will help you get away. This is a normal response. But at times, your mind and body can experience anxiety from abnormal responses.

Over Breathing 

Over breathing can be frightening, about 60% of panic attacks are accompanied by hyperventilation and many people suffering from anxiety over-breathe even when they think they are relaxed.

The most important thing to understand about hyperventilation or over breathing is that although we can feel as if we haven’t enough oxygen in our body, actually the opposite is true.

With hyperventilation, the body has too much oxygen. To use this oxygen your body needs a certain amount of Carbon Dioxide.

Muscle Tension

Muscle tension can be a normal experience for many people due to stress, however when dealing with anxiety it’s harder for that tension to go away naturally. When your fight or flight system is activated – which occurs during times of stress and anxiety – your muscles contract. The contraction is supposed to be to your advantage when faced with a fearful situation. But when you’re stressed for an extensive period of time, your muscles never leave the contraction phase. Eventually, this tension causes pain, discomfort, and trouble with mobility.