How Do People With Anxiety Feel?
Anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are both common afflictions that can cause problems in people's lives.
These problems can range from mild or barely noticeable to severe and debilitating. The symptoms of anxiety can vary day by day and from person to person.
Not everybody has the same symptoms or signs and not everyone has the same severity of symptoms.
All groups of people can suffer from anxiety, including adults, teenagers, the elderly, and sometimes even young children. There's no accurate way to determine how many people actually have anxiety, since many people do not even realize they have it. But according to surveys, researchers estimate that around 18%-20% of the U.S. population suffers from it and it's classified as the most common mental illness among the adult population.
But how do people with anxiety feel and how does one even know if they have it? Since there's so many sufferers out there who may not even notice the usual signs, it's important that everybody know what to look for so that they can figure out how to treat or resolve their anxiety.
So here's a few of the things that those with anxiety may feel if they do have it, but anybody who is experiencing these symptoms or feelings should consult with a doctor if they are not sure whether it's related to anxiety.
All of these feelings and symptoms can also be found in other disorders or illnesses and some may be more serious than anxiety. So speak to your doctor if you are unsure as to whether you are suffering from anxiety or not if you experience any of these symptoms.
Majority of people with anxiety will feel fatigue at some time or another. Fatigue is a broad term that can include many different symptoms or feelings.
In general, there's two different types of fatigue which are mental and physical fatigue. Both of these types can be caused by anxiety.
Physical fatigue is often caused by physical stress and since anxiety and stress are directly related it's very common for anxiety sufferers to experience this type of fatigue. When someone is constantly on edge or feeling worried about something, this can be very tiring for the body and can lead to physical fatigue. The most common symptom of someone experiencing physical fatigue is general weakness in the body.
Mental fatigue is also caused by a form of stress, and it should come as no surprise that the form of stress related to mental fatigue is actually called mental stress. When someone has anxiety they will most likely experience many episodes of mental stress as they think about things or worry constantly. This can tire the brain, just like physical stress can tire the body.
In turn, this manifests as mental fatigue and a person who has this form of fatigue may have problems focusing or keeping their attention on something. It can lead to sleepiness or feeling tired and drowsy as well.
Another one of the most common feelings that people will have with anxiety is worrisome thoughts. It's extremely common for people with anxiety to worry constantly about something, particularly when it comes to their own health or well-being.
Many hypochondriacs suffer from hypochondria that is actually deep-rooted in anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder. Lots of people with anxiety have a constant feeling where they worry about impending doom or feel that something just isn't right. This can lead them to start worrying about having terminal diseases or illnesses or even to become afraid of accidents happening or bad things that can occur to them if they go outside or do certain things.
In some cases these feelings can also be transferred over to thoughts about their family or friends and worrying about their well-being when these other people or family members may not be in any form of danger or trouble. It can also be associated with fears related to social status or socializing in public or in the workplace. In this case it's often referred to as social anxiety or social awkwardness.
Another type of fear someone may experience is constantly being afraid or worried about the world ending or their country or economy failing or collapsing. This can lead some people into a downward spiral of fear and "preparing for the end" in which they often isolate themselves from others or become more reserved and tend to stay inside or where they feel safe most of the time.
These of course are extreme scenarios and majority of people with anxiety will not degrade into this severity of feelings, but it does happen in some rare cases.
Headaches are extremely common in people with anxiety, but they are also common in the general population and found in many people who do not experience anxiety. One of the main signs that headaches may be related to anxiety is when they are chronic or occurring more than once a week.
This can also be a sign of many other illnesses and because of this many people who may have them due to anxiety begin to worry and may automatically assume they have a brain tumor or an illness that is potentially fatal or deadly.
Anxiety often causes headaches for a number of reasons, but one of the main reasons is because it can cause the muscles in the body to tighten and some people get headaches when their stomach muscles tighten or when their neck muscles tighten or when head tension occurs.
Stress and anxiety can also stomach problems such as acid reflux and some people experience headaches during times when their reflux is acting up or when stomach ulcers appear or are aggravated by the acid in the stomach.
Researchers disagree on whether stress can directly cause peptic ulcers, but there seems to be a very strong link between the two so this would not very surprising if a definitive link were to be proven in the future. Chronic migraines or debilitating headaches can also be a result from all of this or from the neck or head tension anxiety can cause.
Panic attacks are also known as anxiety attacks and these are also one of the most common feelings that people with anxiety can have. Chest pain, sweating, heart palpitations, fast heart beat/heart rate, shortness of breath, numbness and tingling, cold or sweaty hands, and tightness of your chest can all be signs of a panic attack.
When you're having a panic attack it can help to try to breathe into a paper bag and try to remind yourself that it's not a heart attack. Sometimes it can feel like you're about to black out or pass out and some people actually do.
Panic attacks are probably the most disturbing symptoms of anxiety because of this and can cause people to feel like they have no control over anything when they happen.
Nausea is a very common feeling that is linked with anxiety. This is usually for the same reasons that headaches can be linked to it, mainly due to increased stress or tightning of the muscles in the body which can cause acid reflux, gastritis, stomach tension and can cause ulcers to become more irritated from the acid in the stomach.
It's easily one of the most common symptoms that most people with anxiety will experience at least once, if not many times.
Ripe bananas can help soothe your nausea but you'll want to figure out how to get your mental condition under control first and foremost or this symptom can really get out of hand and turn into more serious problems with your stomach over time like GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease.)
Sleep disturbances can be found in anxiety but they are not exactly one of the most common causes. The most common out of any of the sleep disturbances you'll experience will most likely be vivid dreams or nightmares.
If you go to sleep thinking bad thoughts or if those thoughts are locked away in your subconscious mind, they can easily come out after you've gone to sleep.
This can cause sweating in your sleep as well, which can cause you more panic when you wake up and realize your bed is drenched in sweat. This is another one of those health concerns that you should take seriously if it shows up and see a doctor for, but after you've confirmed that it's from anxiety you shouldn't worry too much about it.
Many people with anxiety do not have sleeping problems, though many still will. These disturbances can include nightmares, vivid dreams (lucid dreaming), problems falling asleep or staying asleep, and even night sweats sometimes.
Night sweats can also be a sign of many serious illnesses so if someone is experiencing regular night sweating than they should definitely see a doctor and get checked out. But night sweats can also occur from lucid dreams or nightmares as well and is not always an indicator of a serious illness.
Because depression is often linked to anxiety, this can cause some of these sleeping problems as well. For some people the sleeping problems may be part of another disorder but may cause a person to worry as to what the cause of these disturbances is, and this in itself can lead to anxiety and worrying throughout the day.
Watching horror movies or thinking negative thoughts before bed can cause nightmares as these things can trigger a mild form of anxiety just before bedtime and those thoughts can carry over into a person's sleep.
So people who experience any of these problems should probably watch what they are watching or doing before bed and maybe try to focus their attention on things that make them feel good or relaxed and that allow the mind to relax somewhat.
When you have anxiety it's very common for your body to be physically on edge and for your muscles to tighten up as a result.
All of this tightening constantly can cause muscle aches and sores all over your body, but especially in your chest area since this is the most common area that gets tightened when people are freaking out or on edge.
This is similar to how your teeth will sometimes hurt if you clench them too often. Since anxiety affects the immune system due to the physical and emotional stress it causes, this can slow down the healing process for muscles as well.
In addition to sore teeth from constantly clenching them, anxiety can also cause symptoms like dry mouth, sore throat, and even canker sores. Sore throat is probably one of the most alarming symptoms of anxiety because it can feel like strep throat when it's very severe and it can be hard to tell yourself that it's only from anxiety.
The first thing most people think of when they have a really bad sore throat is that it's from some type of serious illness. Of course, the canker sores and dry mouth aren't going to help convince you otherwise. All of this can be related to the body's immune response as the stress is affecting your body in it's entirety.
See a Doctor
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, you should see a doctor right away. Since symptoms of anxiety can resemble symptoms of other more serious illnesses or diseases, it's important that you see a doctor to establish that it's only anxiety causing your symptoms and not something that's more dangerous to your health.
It's also a good idea to see a doctor and mention your anxiety to them so that they can possibly prescribe you something to help your panic attacks or other symptoms when you have episodes or when things are at their worst.
It's better to learn how to manage your anxiety without any medications, but for some people their anxiety can be so debilitating that medications may be necessary on certain days.
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