Symptoms of Anxiety

The symptoms of anxiety may easily be experienced differently from person to person.  The reason this is the case is because anxiety tends to be a collection of disorders versus one single disorder.  There are some common characteristics and that is what we are going to focus on here.  The most significant symptom of anxiety and the constant among the different disorders is a persistent or severe fear when most people wouldn’t feel concerned or threatened.

Emotional symptoms of anxiety

As previously stated, the primary symptom of anxiety is the excessive and irrational fear or worry Here is a list of other emotional symptoms associated with anxiety:

  • Feelings of apprehension
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Believing the worst is going to happen
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Anticipating signs of danger

Physical symptoms of anxiety

As previously stated, the primary symptom of anxiety is the excessive and irrational fear or worry.  Anxiety is more than just a feeling because it encompasses the body’s built in defense mechanism to fight or flight.  Here is a list of other physical symptoms associated with anxiety:

  • A rapid or pounding beating heart
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breadth
  • Sweating
  • Muscle tension
  • Tremors or twitching
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach or feelings of dizziness

Symptoms of anxiety - panic attacks

It is common for people who are struggling with anxiety to experience some level or type of panic attack.  Here is a list of anxiety symptoms related to panic attacks:

  • Overwhelming panic
  • Hyperventilation
  • Losing the feeling of control
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Nausea and even vomiting
  •  Heart palpitations or even chest pain
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Feeling detached
  • Trouble breathing
  • Feeling like you are going to pass out