Anxiety Symptoms Explained

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

When you suffer from anxiety you find it difficult to control the worry. You seem to worry every day about a variety of topics including your relationships, your career, school, family, friends, health and finances. It is hard to function in your daily life because you tend to feel on edge. You may notice that it impacts most aspects of your life. The following are some symptoms of anxiety explained:

1. Restless or Feeling Keyed Up/On Edge:

You never quite feel at ease or peace. You consistently worry about multiple issues or circumstances. You have a constant feeling of distress and you function on a heightened level of anxiety. You may experience anxiety about the past, your current circumstances or the future. While it is important to note that some anxiety is normal. A diagnosed form of anxiety means that the anxiety is excessive, unmanageable, distressing and lasts for a lengthened period of time.

2. Being Easily Fatigued:

Although you feel restless, you are constantly tired. You wake up excessively tired and it may last for the whole day. Your energy level seems very low and you may be unmotivated to participate in physical activities. You feel drained. Many therapists will request that you get a physical with your primary physician to rule out any medical issues or possibly substance use.

3. Difficulty concentrating or your mind going blank:

You find it hard to focus in each setting that you are in. When you are home you are thinking about other issues, circumstances, people, work, etc. You start projects but are unable to complete them. At work it’s difficult to complete your job without getting distracted. It may seem more difficult for you to perform the same duties you used to get done. Or it may take you much longer. Also, you may experience times when your mind goes blank either while talking, sending an email or trying to remember something.

4. Irritability:

You have a lower tolerance for circumstances, people, issues or events. You may get easily angered or feel very reactive. In other words, more things seem to upset you.

5. Increased Muscle Aches or Soreness:

You feel tension, discomfort and/or pain. Elevated stress and anxiety can contribute to muscles in a constant state of tightness. You may experience back aches, headaches and other conditions. Twitching and muscle spasms may occur. The intensity level may range from simply uncomfortable to extremely painful. Exercise and progressive muscle relaxing can be very helpful but as always, seek medical advice for this symptom to rule out any other issues that may be contributing to these aches and pains.

6. Unsatisfying Sleep:

You may have trouble falling asleep. You toss and turn but may experience restlessness. When you fall asleep you wake up several times throughout the night.

There is good news. Anxiety is treatable with therapy and possibly medication. It will require some lifestyle changes including diet and mindful activities to reduce anxiety and stress level. A therapist may ask you about the time frame of your anxiety, other behaviors and symptoms and additional criteria to give you an accurate diagnosis specific for you. They also may ask you to identify your top stressors or triggers to anxiety or panic attacks. Please talk to your primary doctor in order to rule out any medical issues or possible substances that may be contributing to similar symptoms of anxiety. This may include medication or substance use.

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