Understanding the symptoms of anxiety is not an easy task. That is why a significant portion of the over 40 million adults in the United States, who suffer from the mental illness, are not aware and, therefore, do not get the required treatment.
To begin with, the condition can present itself in numerous ways and with varying degrees of severity. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the most common type and manifests itself in several ways, while panic attacks are among the most severe types. All types of anxiety can present themselves in both physical and mental symptoms, requiring medical attention in some cases, while other instances may be calmed by taking home remedies for anxiety. With such complexity, the symptoms of anxiety may be hard to diagnose and even harder to treat.
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Here are 5 of the most obvious symptoms of anxiety and how they can affect you.
This is one of the most telltale signs that you are suffering from anxiety. In fact, research shows that an estimated half of all people with GAD experience problems sleeping. Typical symptoms involve not being able to fall asleep despite being tired, difficulty staying asleep and/or being unable to calm the mind long enough to fall asleep. People who consistently experience this symptom will find that they are always cranky due to the lack of sleep, get tired easily and may have memory problems.
Always worrying: While it is normal for people to worry about their state of affairs and others around them from time to time, constantly worrying almost every day, for months on end, is a sure symptom of anxiety and requires attention. People who exhibit these anxiety symptoms worry almost about everything, no matter how trivial or great the circumstances might be and even if they have absolutely no control over a situation that is seemingly a cause for concern.
Anxiety makes it hard for people to relax and this may manifest itself in persistent muscle tension. If left untreated, the feeling of being ‘stiff’ all the time may become natural to the person who experiences this symptom. Signs of muscle tension include gritting the teeth, flexing the jaw and other muscles in the body and making fists all the time. You may even experience pain in a muscle or group of muscles, which may worsen with injury.
Excessive sweating of the palms, face, armpits and feet can all be symptoms of anxiety. People who are generally nervous or uncomfortable in certain situations may start sweating as a result, which is a physical manifestation of their anxiety. This can be pretty embarrassing for some people who experience it quite often, especially if the signs of sweat are noticeable such as wet areas on clothing or the hands being noticeably wet when someone offers to shake them.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
While this is sometimes a separate condition, IBS symptoms may be physical manifestations of anxiety symptoms. They include bloating of the stomach, diarrhea, stomachaches, cramps and constipation. Experiencing these symptoms may result in a high level of discomfort until the bout of anxiety passes or after an anti-anxiety remedy is taken.
Recognizing the symptoms of anxiety is the first step in treating the condition. Treatment may include prescribed medication or natural anxiety remedies such as herbal teas.