Anxiety is not uncommon or unusual. As a matter of fact, most people experience anxiety at some point or another. An anxiety disorder on the other hand is not normal, though it remains common.
Many people can walk around for years unaware of the signs of anxiety that are evident in their lives. Well it is always recommended that you see a doctor to diagnose any kind of suspected condition, there are signs of anxiety you can look out for yourself, so that you may have a better idea of how to start improving your life.
Constant tension: some people are more uptight than others, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are suffering from anxiety. However, always being tense and never able to fully relax is a definite mark of anxiety. For someone without anxiety, a warm bath or massage; and putting on some relaxing music is all they need to melt away the tension of the day.
However, it isn’t always that easy to turn off your thoughts when anxiety is an issue. Therefore, tension that persists while doing something relaxing is a possible symptom of a deeper anxiety problem.
Feelings of constant danger and dread: anxiety can lead a person into believing that they are in danger even when safe, and can also cause persistent thoughts and feelings of dread – even toward scenarios that don’t pose much negativity.
An example of this can be waking up and dreading work; dreading having to catch a bus to work; dreading the traffic; fearing being late; dreading the people at work; dreading a meeting; dreading having to go to the shop at lunch; and then dreading insomnia when you get home and must rest.
The feelings may not be as extreme as that in the example, but anything resembling this is a sign of anxiety and must be addressed as soon as possible.
Physical Manifestations: worry, tension, stress, and fear can take their toll on the body. Our bodies are constantly under stress – and this isn’t a bad thing when it’s at a healthy level and allowing you to function optimally. If our bodies never knew stress, we wouldn’t be alive! But on the other hand, too much tension, stress, and worry starts having a very negative affect on our emotional and physical well being.
If you suffer from anxiety you can see it take physical form in a variety of different ways. It can be anything from headaches and dizziness; feelings of breathlessness; feelings of tingling; cold and hot flashes; rapid heartbeat and dysphagia to name but a few.
Of course, these could be symptoms of other underlying conditions and illnesses, and that is part of the reason why it is so important to see a doctor regarding your symptoms, and to receive a correct diagnosis.
Being controlled by anxiety: this can manifest in two ways – either you are crippled by anxiety in the sense that you plan outings around your feelings of dread, danger, and worry; or you feel an absolute loss of control – as if you don’t have any power over your feelings or your life.
Both scenarios are signs of anxiety that can rob you of your joy and negatively affect your well being. It is probably one of the hardest signs to cope with, purely due to the immensity of the feeling and how it affects every aspect of one’s life.
It’s good to be aware of these symptoms, and better to deal with them correctly. If you suffer from any of the above, contact your doctor to receive a professional diagnosis, and begin on a road to healing and happiness.