Anxiety is a term which includes many different disorders. They cause many unpleasant feelings, such as fear, worrying, nervousness etc. Also, they could cause physical symptoms (some kinds of pain) and affect on human behavior.
Mild anxiety is not impactful as severe anxiety, as the second can affect on everyday life seriously. To prevent any problem that can be caused by anxiety it is extremely important to recognize its symptoms and signs. If you are able to recognize all the symptoms of anxiety, you will easier find the cause of it and, eventually, cure it.
Knowing what are the symptoms is essential for any kind of health problem. Keep in mind that not preventing and curing any health problem can cause it to progress by time. This means that even harmless disease can become fatal for human.
If you suspect having anxiety disorder read the following text in order to see what are the symptoms and to compare it with yours. This way, you will be able prevent any other problem on time, without consequences.
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What are the symptoms and signs?
Now when we determined what anxiety is, we can deal with its symptoms. There are plenty of them spotted in everyday life of many people, such as restlessness or feeling edgy, becoming tired easily, concentration troubles, feeling as if the mind is going “blank,” irritability, muscle tension, sleep problems… These are all general symptoms, but in case of any posttraumatic stress disorder, symptoms include many other things. People who suffer from this kind of anxiety disorder are more likely to avoid other people, places or any situation that are reminiscent of the traumatic event. Also, there is a possibility of nightmares and flashbacks, or even some kinds of hallucinations. These people mostly have difficulties in trusting others and always try to keep loved ones on safe. Another thing is their pessimistic and gloomy look on the future.
If anxiety starts to increase and becomes more intensive, everyone affected by it could have both physical and emotional symptoms. Research showed that these people feel palpitations and chest pain (or other kind of discomfort), nausea or other stomach upset and have trouble with breathing. Furthermore, it is possible to feel dizzy and unsteady, to fear of losing control or going insane, to feel like choking or dying, etc. What is visible to others out of symptoms and signs is sweating, shaking or faint.
Signs and symptoms of child/teenage anxiety
Symptoms of anxiety in children and adolescents could be similar or completely different to those in adults, depending on the specific condition that is causing the anxiety. If we talk about the social (specific) phobia, the symptoms are quite similar. The only difference is that children and teens are not able to recognize their irrational behavior and thoughts that easily. In addition, boys and girls seem to develop panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder at equal rates, unlike the adults. Symptoms of anxiety in children and teens are in most of the cases consistent with how they express feelings in general. While older children have ability to express their feelings verbally, younger ones tend to express anxiety symptoms by complaining on any kind of physical pain (symptoms) like headaches, crying, becoming clingy etc.
In teens, the symptoms of anxiety are more similar to those in adults. Unfortunately, teens do often exhibit their anxiety by becoming irritable or angry. Anxious teens are also more likely to have wide mood swings from normal to anxious, angry, and irritable.
Anxiety symptoms and signs in men and women
Well-known fact is that men and woman do experience different types of effects of anxiety. Men tend to exhibit more psychological symptoms – tension, irritability, fear of losing control, sense of impending doom etc. On the other hand, women are developing more of physical symptoms, such as chest pain, nausea, insomnia, breathing trouble, palpitations, faint etc. Furthermore, it seems that women with such physical symptoms of anxiety are more at risk for developing heart problems.