You can have signs and symptoms of anxiety, whether you are feeling stressed about real issues or even if you are worried about things that may not happen.
Are you experiencing anxiety panic attack symptoms or simply anxiety? There is a difference between simple anxiety and a full blown anxiety panic attack.
Most of us experience some anxiety from time to time. Life is not without its bumps, and we all have stressful moments and events. However, if your stress continues for a long time, it can take its toll on you and cause serious mental, emotional and physical problems.
The longer you experience stress and anxiety, the more likely you are to have stress induced illnesses like cancer, heart problems or diabetes. Your mind and your body are closely connected.
And, while long term stress can cause physical illness, some people also experience intense anxiety attacks known as anxiety panic attacks.
Physical Signs of Anxiety
When you feel anxiety, your body reacts, and you actually have changes that you and others can see. Here are some of the physical symptoms caused by anxiety:
- Heart – This might be the first thing that you notice. Your heart may race or become very fast, and you can have heart palpitations (skipped heart beats, fluttering or irregular heart beats).
- Sweating – You may feel warm, flushed and sweaty, or your hands may feel cold and clammy. You may feel chilly or that you are having hot flashes.
- Trembling – You may find that your hands are shaking, or you feel like you are trembling inside, even though you are not feeling cold.
- Breathing – You might feel like you are short of breath, that you can’t get enough air and you can’t breathe deeply enough.
- Chest – Discomfort or pain in your chest. Or you might feel pressure.
- Intestinal – You may feel nauseous or have stomach cramps. You could have diarrhea.
- Mouth – Your mouth feels dry. You find that you are grinding your teeth, either during the day or while you are sleeping, or both.
- Appetite – You are either eating constantly or you have lost your appetite.
- Extremities – You sometimes have a tingling sensation or numbness in your hands and feet. You might be tested for a serious illness, only to have the doctor say it’s all in your head.
- Bathroom visits – You have to pee a lot, when your nerves are acting up.
- Headaches – You have tension headaches frequently, and some people even have migraines.
- Blood pressure – Your blood pressure is high, even though it has always been normal or low.
- Sex drive – You find that your interest in sex is low. You just don’t seem to have the energy.
Stress and anxiety have a way of affecting every aspect of our lives. So you will notice that you are also having trouble with mental and emotional issues…
Emotional Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
In addition to the physical symptoms of anxiety, there are quite a few emotional and mental signs, as well. These symptoms are not always obvious to other people, but you will notice them.
- Mood swings – You may feel moody, testy, angry or sad. You cry easily or may laugh inappropriately.
- Depression – You may feel down or sad. You don’t enjoy doing things that you used to enjoy.
- Fear – You may be afraid of new assignments at work, speaking in public, being alone, or the dark. You may be afraid that you are going to die. Perhaps you feel that you are losing control and going crazy.
- Pressure – You feel like you are under pressure to do things, all the time.
- Memory – You have difficulty remembering things. You may forget an appointment, leave your ATM card in the machine, or forget to turn off the stove.
- Concentration – You have difficulty paying attention or concentrating. You may have trouble following a conversation.
- Negative thinking – Even if you have always been a positive person, you are having lots of negative thoughts.
- Mental fog – You find that you are frequently “spacing out”, not aware of what’s happening around you.
- Hyper alert – Here’s an example of being hyper-alert: After you go to bed, the lights are out, and you hear a noise. For the next half hour, you lie awake listening intently to every little noise in the night. You are EXTRA alert and EXTRA aware, afraid to go back to sleep–until you are absolutely certain that there is no danger.
Relief for Anxiety
Everyone experiences some of these symptoms, from time to time. But, if you find that you are having trouble with several of them, it’s time to work on lowering your stress levels and relieving some of your anxiety.
If your symptoms are mild and last for less than 6 months, you’re probably OK. But, if they are more intense and last longer than 6 months, it’s probably time to get some help.
Whether you are simply going through a rough time or you are anxious about everything, you can get help by using a good hypnosis program like this one.