How To Recognize The Three Most Common Signs Of Anxiety Disorder

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It is an unfortunate fact that, in today’s society, mental illness is often stigmatized. Even an anxiety disorder can often be misunderstood by friends and family. Because there’s a level of shame and embarrassment often involved in diagnoses of mental illnesses like anxiety, some people fail to seek the help that they need.

Services for mental illness are also often quite expensive. This leaves some to wonder if the high price of diagnosis and treatment is worth it. Now, we would stress that seeing a professional is always the best idea if you think you have serious mental health issues – but if you’re not certain, there are some simple ways to recognize the signs of anxiety disorders.

Understanding these signs can help you find out whether you merely have some stress and nervousness issues, or if you have a medical problem that demands treatment. Read on, and recognize the three most common signs of anxiety disorder.

Excessive Worry

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Some people misunderstand exactly what excessive worry is. This doesn’t mean stressing out about a work project, worrying about children, or being worried about things such as finance or debt. While these types of issues can be contributing factors, they’re quite normal to be concerned with.

Excessive worry is defined as having persistent anxious, negative thoughts almost every day for up to six months. Generally, this type of anxiety is serious enough to interfere with your day-to-day life, causing further issues and often resulting in symptoms like fatigue.

If you have been excessively worried for over six months, you could have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

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Sleep Problems

Anxiety disorder interferes with your everyday life in many ways – and sleep problems can be a major issue for those who are suffering from anxiety. Over 50% of sufferers of anxiety disorders report having a lot of trouble sleeping.

Anxiety can interfere with your restful sleep. Do you have sleeping problems? Are you consistently prevented from falling asleep and staying asleep? Do you wake up with your heart and mind racing, often jolting awake with a sudden start?

These can be signs of anxiety disorder – if these above issues apply, you may want to go in for a diagnosis.

Panic Attacks

Not everyone with an anxiety disorder suffers from panic attacks – but having repeated panic attacks is a sure sign that you have some kind of anxiety disorder. Panic attacks, when present, are huge problems for sufferers of anxiety.

Paradoxically, most of the anxiety that sufferers of panic attacks have comes from worrying about when a panic attack may happen, causing a vicious cycle of panic and anxiety about future panic attacks.

Symptoms of a true panic attack include tunnel vision, racing heart, tingling hands, sweating, weakness of extremities, and breathing problems. These physical symptoms can help identify a panic attack.

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Actions to Take When You Have an Anxiety Disorder

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, or believe that you may have an anxiety disorder, it’s a good idea to seek advice from a professional psychologist or clinician. Anxiety disorders are serious – and should be taken seriously.

Additional steps should also be taken if you have an anxiety disorder. Paralign is a fantastic resource for those who suffer from anxiety and would like to speak to like-minded individuals anonymously. You can get advice, share your feelings and stories, and connect with others who share your symptoms.

Remember, no matter how awful you feel you can get better if you take action.

 

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