6 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

Sleep problems

The majority of adults with a stress-induced sleep problem experience it at least once per week, and more than half experience it at least several times a week.
Three-fourths of adults whose sleep is affected by stress or anxiety say that their sleep problems have also increased their stress and anxiety: 54 percent say that stress or anxiety increased their anxiety about falling asleep at night, and 52 percent of men and 42 percent of women reported it affected their ability to remain focused the next day.

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Muscle tension

Muscle tension

Near-constant muscle tension—whether it consists of clenching your jaw, balding your fists, or flexing muscles throughout your body—often accompanies anxiety disorders.

This symptom can be so persistent and pervasive that people who have lived with it for a long time may stop noticing it after a while.

Regular exercise can help keep muscle tension under control, but the tension may flare up if an injury or other unforeseen event disrupts a person’s workout habits, Winston says. “Suddenly they’re a wreck, because they can’t handle their anxiety in that way and now they’re incredibly restless and irritable.”

Chronic indigestion

Chronic indigestion

Anxiety causes a significant amount of physical stress, and physical stress can have a profound effect on your body. You may not realize how often your anxiety affects you in ways that are otherwise not linked to anxiety, but you have probably realized that when you have anxiety, it’s not uncommon to have serious digestion issues.

Indigestion is an irritating and sometimes painful anxiety symptom.

It’s one that researchers struggle to understand, but many have ideas for why anxiety leads to such problems with digestion.

Stage fright

Stage fright

 

Panic

panic-attack

A panic attack is a brief episode of intense anxiety, which causes the physical sensations of fear. These can include a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling and muscle tension. Panic attacks occur frequently and unexpectedly and are often not related to any external threat. A panic attack can last from a few minutes to half an hour. However, the physical and emotional effects of the attack may last for a few hours.

Panic attacks are common. Up to 40 per cent of the population experience a panic attack at some time in their lives. A panic attack can also be called an anxiety attack.

Without treatment, frequent and prolonged panic attacks can be severely disabling.

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