Your body has a built-in mechanism, called the fight or flight response, to address environmental dangers, and it presents very similar symptoms to those that people with anxiety feel. It’s normal to be worried every once in a while. After all, fear is a completely normal feeling, and in certain situations, knowing when to leave a dangerous situation keeps up safe. But the fear that occurs every day in ordinary situations and keeps you from accomplishing the things you want isn’t normal and can be destructive. This study conducted by the National Institute of Health shows that approximately 1 in 3 Americans acknowledge living with some form of anxiety-based condition.
Constant feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger, and can last a long time. In fact, the symptoms of anxiety can start in childhood, or teenage years and continues into adulthood. The team at Hello My Psychiatrist is an incredibly talented and experienced group of professionals. They have years of expertise in diagnosing the various indicators of anxiety as well as recommending appropriate therapy methods!
Signs You May Have Anxiety
If you have been feeling anxious, or feel as though the stress and tension are building up inside that is becoming too much of an overwhelming feeling for you to manage, it is always a good idea to seek professional help.
Occasional bouts of anxious feelings are completely normal, but knowing the difference between a healthy amount of anxiety and too much is difficult to identify yourself. Here are some signs you may be experiencing a level of anxiety that is affecting your quality of life.
If you have trouble staying focused at work, school, or in between, it could be a sign that you’re dealing with anxiety. Not just in the sense that your worries are distracting you, either. Studies have shown that anxiety can interrupt working memory, which is the memory responsible for holding short-term information.
It should be noted, however, that difficulty concentrating is also a symptom of other mental health disorders, such as depression and attention deficit disorder (ADD). If you find that you’re having trouble concentrating for a concerning amount of time, you should seek the help of a physician to explore your options.
Difficulty Falling Asleep
When is the last time you got a good night’s sleep? If you continually aren’t getting enough sleep, it is not only an indication of anxiety but being sleep deprived can put you in a more vulnerable state of mind. Lack of sleep can provoke more irrational thoughts, heighten your emotions, and reduce your resilience to stress.
In fact, your anxiety could be a symptom of insomnia. Research suggests that having insomnia during childhood may even be linked to developing anxiety later in life. The link between the two is clear, but it’s uncertain which influences which more prominently.
As mentioned earlier, experiencing fear is a very healthy and normal response to immediate dangers in your environment. Listening to that instinct to leave a threatening situation could be an important decision that ultimately keeps you safe from harm
But if your fear extends beyond rational and reasonable thought and is also provoked by influences that seem to not affect others, it could be a great indicator to you that your anxiety is progressing to an advanced state. If you worry almost every day about small, trivial things, you should seek the help of a psychiatrist to address your condition.
Feeling Unwell Physically
The feeling you get as anxiety begins to build can be compared to a boiling pot of water. Sometimes you can function as tension and uneasiness begin to stir and boil inside. But unless you are removed from the stressful situation, emotional energy will continue to build and build until you boil over, in which case your mind is so occupied by fear, that you experience intense physical discomfort.
People who constantly struggle with anxiety know this feeling all too well, and it can actually cause them to develop phobias from the situations that cause this feeling to arise. If you knew that gathering in large crowds would elicit that physical reaction, you would probably avoid it at all costs.
When you’re anxious, your sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive, causing a rush of feelings throughout the body, including a racing pulse, sweaty palms, shaky hands, and dry mouth. These symptoms occur because—you guessed it—your brain believes you are in danger, and it is preparing your body to react to the threat.
Let Us Help You Manage Your Anxiety
The professionals at Hello My Psychiatrist can offer you a multifaceted approach to learning to cope with anxiety as well as therapeutic and psychiatric assistance for more advanced cases. We have an incredible team of specialists standing by to help you, call or book an appointment online to speak with a professional today!
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