The Signs And Symptoms Of Anxiety

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Anxiety can be stressful and debilitating, particularly for long periods of time, so effective and swift treatment is crucial. As we all suffer anxiety in one form or another at various stages throughout our lives, it can often be difficult to diagnose, which is why it’s important to fully understand the signs and symptoms of anxiety. Once diagnosed, there is a range of treatments for anxiety, which ranges from therapies and self-care techniques to anxiety medication. Usually, a combination of treatments for anxiety is required for ongoing management. The chosen anxiety treatments will depend on the individual testing what will work for them. The great thing is that once diagnosed and treated appropriately, people who have suffered from an anxiety disorder are perfectly capable of living a full and enjoyable life. Learning how to treat anxiety starts with understanding anxiety disordersrecognising the symptoms, and seeing a health professional. From this point, there are a number of treatments for anxiety to consider.

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Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

Each type of anxiety has its own distinctive features, but there are common anxiety symptoms that are present throughout each type of anxiety. Anxiety symptoms include: Behavioural: Social withdrawal, avoidance, procrastination and difficulty making decisions, even about everyday things. Physical: Restlessness, irritability, increased heart rate, fatigue, difficulty sleeping or staying asleep, muscle tension, grinding teeth, upset stomach, difficulty breathing or rapid breathing, excessive thirst, twitching, vertigo, dizziness, and panic attacks. Psychological:  Excessive worrying, poor concentration, irrational fears, feeling generally tense and edgy, and a sense of impending doom or danger.   Often these feelings are disproportionate to the actual events or the situation occurring. For instance, you may be excessively worrying about an issue that others may deem unimportant, such as being overly concerned with something embarrassing you said or did, or anxious about a situation that may or may not even come to pass.

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Diagnosing Anxiety To

be diagnosed with anxiety, a combination of the above symptoms is usually present on an ongoing basis, for a period of a few months or more. You may feel as if these symptoms are interfering with your everyday life. If you do have a number of anxiety symptoms, particularly on an ongoing basis, it’s important to seek help from a doctor. Even if you don’t have anxiety, this could be a sign of another underlying health issue.

What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety is often caused by (or exacerbated by) ongoing external triggers, such as significant life events. These could include:

  • Job or career changes
  • Relocation
  • Pregnancy or giving birth
  • Divorce or breaking up with a significant other
  • Death of a loved one
  • Relationship or family issues
  • Abuse
  • Trauma or a major life event

Personality factors (for instance, always needing to be a perfectionist), the use of or withdrawal from illicit substances, and long-term physical conditions may also worsen anxiety conditions.

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When to Seek Help

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms of anxiety disorder, particularly for extended periods of time, it’s important to seek help from a qualified mental health practitioner. If you don’t, left untreated, these symptoms could lead to feelings of isolation over long periods of time, and the longer you leave anxiety untreated, the harder it will be to bounce back to a point where anxiety doesn’t rule your life. Even if you haven’t been experiencing anxiety for long, if it is getting in the way of you being able to live your life as normal and complete tasks in your home or work life, we advise you seek help. Anxiety symptoms can often be managed with a combination of medication and the implementation of healthy habits such as exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives. For more severe anxiety, while these practices can help ease symptoms, an extensive treatment plan is often required. There is a range of treatments and programs available for anxiety which can be combined to help you feel better as soon as possible. To find out more about treatment, read our article on treatment for anxiety.

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Emanuele Latino

Program Director & Psychologist

Emanuele Latino

Emanuele has a compassionate approach to clients’ struggles, in order to promote awareness and initiate together the transformative process. His treatment approaches range from Gestalt, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dialectical and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, ACT, Neuropsychotherapy, Sensorymotor Psychotherapy and Cape Cod Model for Couple Therapy.