Symptoms of anxiety

Everyone’s experiences of anxiety disorders are different. Not everyone who has an anxiety disorder will experience the same symptoms. Anxiety can have both mental and physical symptoms. It can also often lead to depression.

Mental symptoms can include:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Uncontrollable over-thinking
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Feelings of dread, panic or ‘impending doom’
  • Feeling irritable
  • Heightened alertness
  • Problems with sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Wanting to escape from the situation you are in
  • Dissociation (feeling like you aren’t connected to your own body, watching things happen around you without feeling it.)

Physical symptoms can include:

  • Sweating
  • Heavy and fast breathing
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Hot flushes or blushing
  • Dry mouth
  • Shaking
  • Hair loss
  • Extreme tiredness or lack of energy
  • Headaches, dizziness and fainting
  • Stomach aches, nausea and sickness

Anxiety can also make it difficult to carry out daily aspects of life such as:

  • Looking after yourself
  • Holding down a job
  • Maintaining relationships
  • Trying new things
  • Enjoying activities you used to enjoy

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