Psychological symptoms of Anxiety disorder
Anxiety disorders vary and affect people in different ways and to different degrees, but common psychological symptoms include:
- excessive feelings of dread and worry about what might happen in the future.
- persistent worry and endlessly thinking about events in the past.
- obsessive thoughts which are difficult to stop.
- feelings of panic and fear in situations where there is no actual danger.
Physical symptoms of Anxiety disorder
Anxious thoughts and feelings can lead to physical responses too, as the body reacts to the ‘false alarm’ of anxiety. It goes into ‘flight or fight’ mode, as though you were in real danger and had to act fast:
- breathing faster
- muscle tension – for example, aching back, shoulders, or jaw
- trembling and sweating
- chronic headaches
- stomach problems or nausea
- feeling frequently weary, even after sleep
- restlessness and difficulty relaxing and sleeping.
These physical symptoms can sometimes occur without awareness that they are associated with anxiety.