Anxiety symptoms are pretty common, considering that we live in a
fast-paced environment. Anxiety-ridden, we find it hard to cope with
the stresses of life. We become anxious when we fear that we cannot
catch up, feel overwhelmed by the amount of incoming information, do not
know how to make a decision and perceive a looming threat to our
Then again, anxiety symptoms are also known to be pretty normal, as
they are part of the natural “fight or flight” reaction to stress or
danger. Hence, there cannot be any human who has not felt anxiety at
all. I certainly have experienced anxiety enough times myself. In
particular, with what is going on with the economies around the world in
recent weeks, anxiety reportedly is at heightened levels once again.
Many people are feeling stressed at the thought of losing their jobs,
homes and material possessions.
What Anxiety Symptoms Can Include
Anxiety first shows up in bodily reactions. You may break out in a
sweat, your hands tremble, blood drains from your face, and your knees
go weak. These can be momentary and therefore not serious. However,
more serious reactions include heart attacks and eventually causing
death. Undoubtedly, mild anxiety can cause you a feeling of discomfort
but extreme anxiety can be debilitating. In a severe case of extreme
anxiety, symptoms can range from range heart palpitations, social
withdrawal, mood swings, nervousness, depression and so on.
Where anxiety symptoms are often triggered by presenting situations, I
have also been noticing many cases where a person suffers from anxiety
almost every single day. Take my friend, Angeline, for instance. She
is always in a rush, speaks with a high-pitched tone, and feels as if
everything is in a state of emergency.
I cannot say that her symptoms are severe to warrant being diagnosed
as having the medical condition of a severe anxiety disorder. While she
has not had a panic attack, she has been experiencing a loss in
confidence, a low ability to concentrate and insomnia. Sad to say, her
world is driven by a lot of fear.
Cluttered, her mind cannot sort and prioritize. She finds herself
focusing on details that do not matter in the grand scheme of things.
As a result she often experiences paralysis whenever she needs to make a
decision. While excessive worrying has not prevented Angeline from
functioning on a daily basis, I have observed how miserable it can be
living in a state of heightened agitation all the time.
Build Awareness to Everyday Anxiety Symptoms
Anxiety is a symptom of fear. Mostly, fear is a creation of the
mind. Where no real threat exists, it is possible to learn how to
better cope. You may feel as if you are about to be harmed, annihilated
or rendered useless but your projected fears are mostly psychological.
Hence, if your mind can create the fear, it is possible to eliminate or
reduce it to a level that is manageable.
Building awareness is key. It is important not to get anxiety levels
out of hand. While I do not like the idea of labeling, be mindful that
your excessive worrying may put you at risk of developing what the
medical profession will call as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The
excessive worrying interferes with daily functioning. A person who has
a GAD suffers from irrational fears on almost everything for at least
six months or more.
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can vary. They can include:
• Extreme irritability;
• Muscle tension or muscle aches
• Obsession about small or large concerns
• Feel as if you are living on the edge; Restlessness and feeling keyed up or on edge
• Chronic fatigue;
• Difficulty breathing;
• Difficulty concentrating or your mind “going blank”
• Insomnia and restlessness at night
• Sweating, nausea or diarrhea
• Rapid heartbeat;
• Anticipation of disaster
Do not be mistaken into believing that it is just adults who can
suffer from GAD. Apparently, a child can too. Obsessive Compulsive
Disorders are also conditions with heightened anxiety as one of the
Angeline would like to think that she has been coping; however, I
think she is missing the signs that her anxiety levels have not receded
one bit over the years. I hope that instead of brushing her issues
aside, she does not procrastinate but take some concrete action soon.
As the famed British preacher and prolific author, Charles Spurgeon once
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.