Overwhelmed? Anxious? About ready to blow?
When should you worry about anxiety?
Normal anxiety comes and goes in response to real challenges involving potential loss or failure. Normal anxiety helps sharpen your attention so you can meet those challenges.
Anxiety disorders involved anxiety that is more intense or lasts longer than normal anxiety, or that leads to phobias. Basically, if you worry when there’s no real threat, to the point where you can’t function normally, that’s an anxiety disorder.
Why haven’t I heard about anxiety disorders and ADHD before?
People know when they have a cold. If it’s so common, why don’t they know when they have an anxiety disorder?
- People may think the anxiety they live with is normal – it’s normal for them after all.
- People may deny their anxiety because it’s not acceptable to be “afraid”.
- People may be so good at avoiding what makes them anxious that they almost never experience the symptoms.
- People may have symptoms they don’t recognize as anxiety-stomach upset, muscle aches, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, twitches, heart palpitations, hot flashes, clammy hands-these can all be symptoms of anxiety.
The primary symptoms of anxiety disorders are fear and worry. But when people have physical symptoms that may mask the real issue, they will seek treatment for those instead. In fact, people with anxiety disorders are 3-5 times more likely to go to the doctor than non-sufferers.
Do you have any of these common symptoms of anxiety?
Emotional and Psychological Symptoms of Anxiety:
- Apprehension, uneasiness, and dread
- Impaired concentration or selective attention
- Feeling restless or on edge
- Behavioral problems (especially in children and adolescents)
- Nervousness and jumpiness
- Self-consciousness and insecurity
- Fear that you are dying or going crazy
- Strong desire to escape
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety:
- Heart palpitations or racing heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Hot flashes or chills
- Cold and clammy hands
- Stomach upset or queasiness
- Frequent urination or diarrhea
- Shortness of breath
- Tremors, twitches, and jitters
- Muscle tension or aches