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Symptoms of Anxiety

There are a variety of types of anxiety, as discussed in the What is Anxiety? article, namely Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and whilst many of these disorders share symptoms, there are some symptoms specific to those ailments too.

Common characteristics displayed by high scorers on the anxiety scale as part of the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Test including feeling:

  • Apprehensive and panicky
  • Trembling and shaky
  • Aware of dryness of the mouth, breathing difficulties, pounding of the heart, sweaty palms
  • Worried about performance and possible loss of control

More specifically, anxiety can result in symptoms mentally, physically, emotionally and behaviourally. Below are some of the common anxiety responses that are displayed by anxiety sufferers.

Mental Symptoms

  • Uncontrollable and obsessive thoughts
  • Repeated thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic experiences
  • Nightmares

Physical Symptoms

  • Problems going to sleep
  • Cold and/or sweaty hands and feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry Mouth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numbness and/or tingling in the hands and feet
  • Nausea
  • Muscle Tension
  • Dizziness

Behavioural Symptoms

  • Ritualistic/compulsive behaviours, such as repeated hand washing and checking of doors being locked
  • An inability to be still and calm

Emotional Symptoms

  • Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
  • Worried about performance and possible loss of control

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