How to Identify an Anxiety Symptom

Anxiety can become an extremely debilitating condition if left untreated, but if an anxiety symptom is identified and accurately diagnosed, a cure is certainly possible.

Often described as a feeling of nervousness, fear, worry or apprehension anxiety is present in most of us at some stage. Some worries and fears are understandable and justified, for example the worry about a loved one or pre-exam nervousness.

However, problem anxiety impacts on the sufferer’s ability to function normally on a day to day basis. Anxiety may be triggered as the result of a real situation, but be out of proportion to what a normal reaction would be, or it can occur without a cause.

Physical Symptoms

The most common physical anxiety symptoms relate to the heart, lungs, gastrointestinal and nervous systems, and include having breathing problems, an upset stomach or feeling faint. However, different types of anxiety may produce different symptoms.

General Anxiety Disorder

These present as unrealistic, difficult to control or excessive worry over a period greater than 6 months. Its symptoms include:

• Being easily tired

• Irritability

• Muscle tension

• Sleep problems

• Restlessness

• Trouble concentrating

Interestingly, irritability is often a symptom of emotional problems in teenagers, including anxiety.

Panic Disorder

Panic attacks are intense and separate periods of fear that develop over a very short time period (often around 10 minutes). Symptoms include:

• Sweating

• Trembling

• Palpitations

• Feeling of chocking

• Chills

• Hot flashes

• Chest Pain

• Mind going ‘blank’

• Dizziness

• Nausea

• Numbness

• Tingling

• Fear of dying


Phobias are irrational yet persistent fears of particular situations or objects. Sufferers may recognize that this fear is unreasonable and excessive, but have difficulty overcoming it.

The symptoms of phobias include:

• muscle tension

• sweating

• increased, rapid heartbeat

• blushing

• trembling,

• nausea or other stomach discomfort,

• light-headedness

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Stress disorders are caused by exposure to severe trauma, near-death or death events, e.g. physical and sexual abuse, wars, fires, earthquakes, road accidents, floods, murders etc. An anxiety symptom for post-traumatic stress disorder may be:

• continually re-living the trauma through flashbacks when away, or in dreams when asleep

• poor concentration

• inability to sleep well

• general sense of doom

• diminished feelings of love

• poor aspirations for the future

• avoiding people or places associated with the event

• hypervigilance – continually monitoring surroundings

Don’t self-diagnose!

Symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, chest pain and shortness of breath should be evaluated by a medical practitioner. However there are cures for this condition, and relief from your anxiety symptom is readily available.

Source by Tim P.

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