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15 Ways To Tell If You’re Suffering

From An Anxiety Disorder

Do you feel worried, have a hard time concentrating, overthinking, and feel restless? Chances are you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Take a closer look.

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You’re Often Worried

Worrying can lead to difficulty concentrating on daily tasks. This suffering will inevitably cause an individual to leave things where they are, rather than get them done.

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Difficulty Concentrating On Simple Tasks

It’s fairly common for the average adult to struggle focusing on simple tasks when in an anxious state.

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Difficulty Calming Down

In stressful situations, it’s common that those who do not suffer from anxiety can slowly breathe and calm themselves down. Those who suffer, have a much harder time in doing so.

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A High Heart Rate

With anxiety, your sympathetic nervous system is affected and leads to a spike in your heart rate, racing pulse, and increased feelings of alertness. 

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You Feel Restless

Many call this feeling “on edge.” If you have anxiety, the brain might perceive danger in places that there isn’t any, which can lead to feeling restless.

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Always Feeling Tired

Chronic fatigue leads to exhaustion. One may experience fatigue after a panic attack, however, it isn’t a measure for immediate diagnosis of an anxiety disorder.

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You Are Irritable or Moody

When your anxiety strikes, you become irritable with little things and may find yourself being moody.

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Difficulty Falling Asleep

Those who suffer from an anxiety disorder are constantly worried. The sense of worrying can keep one up at night thinking. Also known as insomnia, it can negatively affect your mental health and increase your anxiety.

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Experiencing Panic Attacks

Symptoms include rapid heartbeat, shaking, sweating, shortness of breath, throat constriction, nausea, dizziness, etc.

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Self-Isolation

Isolating yourself is an example of social anxiety. Social anxiety is when an individual is fearful of social situations. One who has this type of anxiety turns to isolation as a comfort mechanism.

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Have Specific and Irrational Fears

Also known as “phobias.” If you are an individual who finds themselves triggered over certain objects, people, or situations, it’s characteristic of an anxiety disorder.

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Your Muscles Are Sore

Anxiety leads to agitation of muscles, specifically, in the neck and upper back area.

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Feeling Faint Or Dizzy

Anxiety and stress can lead to lightheadedness and dizziness.

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Sweaty Palms

Anxiety can interfere with one’s sympathetic nervous system, in turn, leading to sweat. When the sympathetic nervous system gets triggered, an individual may begin to sweat particularly in the palms.

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Indigestion

Anxiety can cause nausea, stomach pain and a loss of appetite. According to studies from The Mayo Clinic, people with indigestion are more likely to have more symptoms of anxiety. Indigestion can be caused by an interference of hormones and the way in which the brain responds to neurotransmitters. 

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