Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life; however, intense, frequent, excessive and persistent worries may be signs of an anxiety disorder.
These feelings of anxiety and panic may interfere with your daily life, can be difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual situation, and can last a long time. These feelings might lead you to avoid places, people, or situations with your anxiety determining how you live your life.
Experiencing anxiety may include the following symptoms:
- Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
- Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly (hypertension)
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Having trouble sleeping
- Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
- Having difficulty controlling worry
- Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and separation anxiety disorder. No matter the form of anxiety you have, treatment can help.