It’s normal to be worried every once in a while. After all, fear is a completely normal feeling, and in certain situations, knowing when to leave a dangerous situation keeps up safe. But fear that occurs every day in ordinary situations and keeps you from accomplishing the things you want isn’t normal and can be destructive.
Constant feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. In fact, the symptoms of anxiety can start in childhood, or teenage years and continues into adulthood.
Signs You May Have Anxiety
If you have been feeling anxious, to the point that you’re wondering, “Do I have an anxiety disorder?”, this article may help.
Of course, most of us can feel that we’re anxious. But knowing the difference between a healthy amount of anxiety and too much panic is difficult to identify yourself. Here are some signs you may have anxiety.
If you have trouble staying focused at work, school, or in between, it could be a sign that you’re dealing with anxiety. Not just in the sense that your worries are distracting you, either. Studies have shown that anxiety can interrupt working memory, which is the memory responsible for holding short-term information.
It should be noted, however, that difficulty concentrating is also a symptom of other mental health disorders, such as depression and attention deficit disorder. If you find that you’re have trouble concentrating for a concerning amount of time, you should seek the help of a physician to explore your options.
Difficulty Falling Asleep
When is the last time you got a good night’s sleep? If you can’t remember, you could be going through much more than just nervous thoughts rearing their ugly head after dark.
In fact, your anxiety could be a symptom of insomnia. Research suggests that having insomnia during childhood may even be linked to developing anxiety later in life. The link between the two is clear, but it’s uncertain which influences which.
As mentioned earlier, experiencing fear is a very healthy and normal response to immediate dangers in your environment. Listening to that instinct to leave a threatening situation could be what keeps you safe before peril strikes.
But if your fear isn’t limited to very rational stimuli and is also provoked by non-existent triggers, it could be a great indicator to you that your anxieties are more than just little worries. If you worry almost every day about small, trivial things, you should seek the help of a psychiatrist to address your nervousness.
Feeling Unwell Physically
Finally, if you find you just feel different physically and like you can’t quite calm down, this is an important indicator that you are dealing with anxiety.
When you’re anxious, your sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive, causing a rush of feelings throughout the body, including a racing pulse, sweaty palms, shaky hands, and dry mouth. These symptoms occur because—you guessed it—your brain believes you are in danger, and it is preparing your body to react to the threat.
Your body has a built-in mechanism, called the fight or flight response, to address environmental dangers, and it presents very similar symptoms to those that people with anxiety feel.
Regardless of which type of anxiety you may have, there are many natural solutions you can use to help relieve it while working with a licensed healthcare professional. At Mind Body FHC, we use micro neurofeedback as an alternative to treat anxiety disorders.