Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress which is beneficial to us in some specific situations.
Anxiety disorders being the most common of all mental illnesses, currently affect 7.3 % of the Global population i.e. one in 13 people are suffering from anxiety.
One of the chief reasons why anxiety disorders go undiagnosed is that people fail to understand when the daily anxiety turns into a disorder.
Here are some chief symptoms that will catch want attention when one is suffering from this illness.
#1. Worrying too much
Anxiety is a reaction to stress, making people worry about a person or a situation but one should know when wearing becomes too much.
Increase of the disorder, people tend to have anxious thoughts on most days of the week which affects one physically, as well.
“The distinction between an anxiety disorder and just normal anxiety is whether your emotions are causing a lot of suffering and dysfunction”, says Sally Winston, PsyD, co-director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorder Institute of Maryland in Towson.
#2. Abnormal sleep
Hypersomnia, Hyposomnia and Insomnia -any of the three can be seen in a person suffering from anxiety.
In case of hypersomnia (i.e. too much sleep), people tend to fall asleep in unusual places, and remain sleepy and tired all the time.
In case of hypersomnia or insomnia (I.e. too little sleep or no sleep at all), people have unwanted thoughts hovering in their mind, and people tend to get very little sleep or these thoughts manage to keep only awake all night.
Anxiety is a disease that affects one’s physical health as much as it messes with one’s mental health.
Anxiety gives rise to several chronic digestive problems, one of them being Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). When, even after proper medication, the indigestion does not go away, it might indicate severe anxiety.
Everybody is conscious about how they look, or how they talk. Everyone puts a conscious effort in making them look presentable in order to impress other people. In case of a disorder, people feel that all eyes are on them and experience profuse sweating, trembling and even some people have a hard time uttering a single word out of their mouth.
#5. Anxiety dreams
People suffering from severe anxiety, experience dreams which make them wake up in the middle of the night. They have dreams on events that have been very dramatic to them. Anxiety brings back memories from the past and makes one relieve the trauma. Those suffering from PTSD (there are some interesting data points on that here) tend to suffer from bad dreams, which is why it’s important to get help as soon as possible. Lack of sleep ultimately makes symptoms worse.
Anxiety can show different symptoms in different people but if one finds all five of the above symptoms in a person, they should immediately seek professional help.