Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety is the generalized term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. Chronic Anxiety, also called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), is characterized by excessive, exaggerated long-lasting anxiety and worry about life events, objects, and situations.

Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder. They can look very different from person to person. People with anxiety disorders present a variety of physical symptoms as well as non-physical or emotional symptoms.

Some of the Emotional Symptoms of Anxiety are:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Watching for signs of danger
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling like your mind’s gone blank

As a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response, anxiety involves a wide range of physical symptoms.

Some of the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety include:

  • Trembling
  • Churning stomach
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination or Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numbness or “pins and needles” in arms, hands or legs
  • Sweating/flushing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Restlessness
  • Easily tired
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Frequent urination
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Being easily startled

Some of the Less Known Anxiety Symptoms:

  • Low rumbling sound
  • Getting embarrassed
  • Having a serious undetected illness
  • Fear of dying prematurely
  • Frequent urination
  • Going insane
  • Lump in throat
  • No control over thoughts and actions
  • Snapping suddenly
  • Lack of sleep
  • Crying for no reasons
  • Fantasizing
  • Fainting in public
  • Choking or suffocating

Anxiety Symptoms in Women:

Physical Reactions: Apart from the common symptoms like sweating, shaking, sweating, headaches and dry mouth, anxious women experience lack of sleep, diarrhea, lightheadedness, breathing problem and rapid heart rate. Depending upon the severity of the disorder, few or all of these symptoms become apparent.

Menopause: Lot of changes take place in a woman’s life during menopause. It is common to experience pain and anxiety together. It is believed that a lot of this anxiety is caused by increased levels of the hormone estrogen in their body during this phase.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: It is observed to affect women more severely than men. Women suffering from this extreme kind of anxiety experience flashbacks of the unfortunate event, deal with constant fear and nightmares. Other types of anxiety disorders of equal severity are generalized anxiety disorder, social phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Chronic Anxiety: It can affect the life of a woman early. When ignored or left untreated, it can develop into a mental issue which can disturb normal life on daily basis.

Other Complications: Heart disease, infections, overeating and drug abuse are all related and serious complications associated with anxiety in women. To get relief from anxiety, women can take up pleasure eating, consuming foods which are tasty but of very low nutritional value. Most often than not, these cheap foods increase the levels of fat in the body and this rises the risks of heart diseases too. Drug abuse also is a wrong avenue to seek pleasure which leads women to chronic depression.

Statistics of Anxiety Symptoms:

  • 19.1 million people or 13.3 percent of the population in the United States suffer from the symptoms initially and suffer from this disorders at some stage of their life or the other.
  • These people are three – four times more prone to visit doctors and six times more prone to get hospitalized for various mental conditions.
  • 4 million people or 2.8 percent of the population suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. It is common in women.
  • 3.3 million people or 3.3 percent of the population suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. It is common in men.
  • Panic attack affects 2.4 million people or 1.7 percent of the population.
  • Post traumatic stress disorder affects 5.2 million people. It is 3.6 percent of the total population.
  • Social anxiety disorder and phobia attacks of specific nature affect 5.3 million and 6.3 million people respectively.
  • Overall, 11.5 million adult Americans suffer from some kind of anxiety symptom.

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