10 Anxiety Disorders: Symptoms

Anxiety is a mental health disorder characterized by emotions or fear. You may get nervous at any time of the day – right before your interview, first college day, or on a date.

Anxiety disorder has various forms, such as panic disorder or phobia-related anxiety. The symptoms of anxiety disorder alter based on a person’s actions and emotions.

It is a mental illness that causes restlessness, irritation, concentration difficulty, sleep issues, uncontrollable feelings of worry. However, these signs might be common to experience in daily life. But some people may experience these symptoms of anxiety to extreme levels. Getting a proper diagnosis or consultation from a Naturopath Doctor can be beneficial.

In this blog, we will discuss when you need professional advice and what are the symptoms of Anxiety Disorders.

1. Excessive Worry

People suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) worry about health, money, or family problems without any cause or reason – that too on a larger scale. It is often hard to control such anxiety as it is a form of intense, excessive, and persistent worry. This disorder also makes it hard for the person to focus on daily activities.

2. Sleep Problems

Approximately seven to nine hours of sleep is essential for every adult. If there is an irregularity in the sleeping sessions or a person fails to sleep, it is a sign something is wrong or off.

Lack of Sleep is one of the common triggers due to which most people experience anxiety at night. Similarly, Anxiety can also lead to a sleep disorder. Sleeping disorder can impact your body functioning emotionally, mentally, and physically. It is better to relax our bodies and find ways that can help fall asleep faster. Some people also practice Naturopathy – alternative medicine to treat anxiety.

3. Irrational Fears

Sometimes anxiety gets triggered due to any specific situation or thing – height, crowd, animals, thunder. If the irrational fear is disruptive, it is a clear sign of phobia. Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that causes panic attacks.

For most people, this irrational fear of spiders, height is normal, but for some, these are extreme fear. People realize bout the irrational fear yet find it hard to control the feelings when triggered.

The first step to overcome this anxiety disorder is to realize and take one step at a time. Practice deep breathing technique.

4. Muscle Tension

Feeling of fear, worry or Anxiety impacts muscle differently. The physiological effects of stress caused due to fear constrict the blood vessels and reduce the blood flow to soft tissues. This process causes muscle tension. Regular exercise and practicing Relaxation Techniques for Anxiety can help calm and relax the muscles. Deep breathing exercises, Yoga and Meditation, visualization are some of the techniques that can benefit your health condition.

5. Chronic Indigestion

Stress and anxiety can lead to improper functioning of the digestive system. Nausea, Diarrhea, Indigestion – some of the conditions people face linked to anxiety disorders. Anxiety issues can increase your risk of GERD. There is no scientific evidence, but anxiety issues overall affect the digestive system.

It is recommended to consult a naturopath doctor who specializes in anxiety and can suggest a suitable treatment.

6. Stage Fright

Do you feel a form of phobia while performing in front of an audience or the spotlight? Stage fright is a type of performance anxiety in which people fear public speaking or performing on stage. Some people get nervous before their performance, but some get filled with the feeling of dread and panic. This extreme fear is a form of social anxiety disorder.

People suffering from social anxiety often dwell on the fear of performing on the stage, how people will judge you, and so on for a long time. So, if you fear speaking in public, get a grip on yourself. Learn new skills to reduce and manage the fear, practice performing in family functions, or get together to build up self-confidence.

7. Self-Consciousness

Social Anxiety Disorder is not only triggered by social situations, like performing in front of a large audience. The signs of social anxiety can vary on person-to-person. Eating and drinking amid new people also affect their confidence, and they feel all eyes are on them. As a result, people feel nausea, start sweating, or find it difficult to talk. These signs are not good for an individual as they start cutting off from social groups, find issues in maintaining relationships, and meet new people. This can even lead to low self-esteem and depression. 

8. Panic

Panic attacks can be terrifying and cause a feeling of helplessness. The sudden intense fear is accompanied by physical signs such as difficulty in breathing, fast heartbeat, sweating, numbness, chest pain, weakness, or dizziness. Panic attacks may last for a short period, but the symptoms may persist for a longer period. If the condition is frequent, a person is suffering from panic disorder.

9. Flashbacks

PTSD is known as post-traumatic stress disorder that involves “flashbacks”. These are like reliving your post disturbing or traumatic event. The condition can develop in anyone who has ever encountered a violent traumatic event. Flashbacks are like nightmares that are intense and uncontrollable. They can happen at any moment, so try to avoid thinking about such places, activities, or people responsible for the traumatic event.

Flashbacks are intrusive and vivid images that horror you and may affect social or work situations, and even relationships.

10. Self-Doubt

Self-doubts are a form of negative and outdated programming that is generated in the brain, which pulls one back from reaching full potential. There are some worrisome thoughts such as “I am not good enough” or “I am a failure and can’t succeed in life” that cause anxiety issues.

By self-doubting your body, actions, or goals, your self-confidence and determination dissipate. Further, leading to hesitation and procrastination in your actions and living. It is a type of anxiety disorder that causes conflict within you and leads to hesitation.

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