Many people confuse stress with anxiety; stress is a normal response to a life even whereby they feel pressured, such as public speaking or trying to move through the supermarket aisle with a tantruming toddler. If you find you experience ongoing stress, even when the stressful situation has passed, you may be experiencing anxiety.
Like untreated depression, untreated anxiety can lead to social problems such as marital or relational difficulties, drug and alcohol use, financial concerns, occupational problems, anger management and in some cases, suicidal thoughts.
There are many different types of anxiety disorders and associated symptom. Some of the symptoms are listed below:
- Feeling worried a lot of the time
- Easily irritated
- Feeling separated or detached from your body
- Feeling fatigued or low in energy
- Find that worry is preventing you from doing your day to day activities
- Muscle aches and pains
- Shortness of breath
- Had to make major changes in your life, such as work, because you wanted to avoid something
- Pins and needles in your fingers or toes
- Hot flushes
- Have trouble concentrating in many or only specific situations
- Have been exposed to a traumatic event and find you are experiencing ‘flashbacks’ (reliving the event) and/or bad dreams associated with the event
- Physical reactions to events or memories of the traumatic event
- Avoid places or people that remind you of the event
- Experiencing difficulty feeling emotionally close to people
- Easily startled and feeling as though you have to be on guard
- Persistently scared that people you love will be harmed
- Persistently believe that people don’t like you or feel like you’re not intelligent as others or attractive as others.
- Feel at ease when doing repetitive tasks such as checking the doors are locked or the iron is off but have to continue to go back and ‘check’
- Understand that these repetitive behaviours are excessive
- That competitive tasks interfere with your day to day living
Some common types of anxiety are:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Postraumatic Stress Disorder
Phobias (e.g. Social Phobia; fear of particular things like birds, spiders, injections, blood etc)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above either consult your local GP or Click here for our contact details to call and book an appointment.