Being able to identify some of the top symptoms can help if you think you might be suffering from anxiety. Anxiety is normal; we all experience it in some way due to circumstances or situations. It’s our body’s response to stressful events. It can be anything from moving to a new house, taking a big test, or undergoing medical treatments, to regular life troubles like financial or family issues.
When these feelings become more than a response to normal events, that’s when it can interfere with your daily life. How can you tell if you have typical stress or something more serious? Let’s take a look at some of the simple ways to identify three top anxiety symptoms:
#1: Excessive Worrying
Everyone worries. When does it become something more? When it’s disproportionate to the events and circumstances that trigger the feelings. Do you worry every day or feel like you can’t control your worrying? Does it have an impact on your sense of well-being? If the answer is yes, it’s likely you’re suffering from generalized anxiety disorder and not just normal concern over life events. Excessive worrying that is a symptom of anxiety includes the inability to complete daily tasks and the inability to concentrate.
#2: Feelings of Agitation
You know that feeling when you have someplace to be, and yet you’re stuck in a traffic jam or in a meeting or a class? When you can’t do anything about it, and it makes you feel annoyed, aggravated, angry, and restless? That is what agitation feels like. When there’s a reason for agitation, like a traffic jam or work stress or a looming deadline, it’s a normal response. If you feel agitated daily, with no apparent or reasonable triggers, it could be a symptom of anxiety disorder. A physical response such as shaking hands, dry mouth, racing heart, and sweaty palms could indicate the same thing.
#3: Feeling Restless, Nervous, or Tense
Do you feel restless nearly daily? Do you tend to be a nervous person or feel tense in otherwise relaxing situations? These feelings could be an indicator of anxiety. The feelings may be related to things happening in your life or to perceived dangers or risks that might not be real. If you feel on edge or uncomfortable more often than not, it’s time to address what could be anxiety.
Do you have any of the top 3 anxiety symptoms? What now?
If you identify with any of the symptoms of anxiety, you’re not alone. Anxiety is very common, especially in our current fast-moving, social media-focused society. But you don’t have to suffer silently. There is help for generalized anxiety disorder, and there is no shame in getting the support you need. You deserve to live your best life, anxiety-free. At Positive Living Psychotherapy, we practice one-on-one counseling in a comfortable, safe space. Contact us today to start on the path to a better, happier life.