Signs & Symptoms

As every person feels anxious and experiences anxiety at various points in life, it can sometimes be difficult to work out if you have tipped over the edge and whether that anxious feeling has now developed into an anxiety condition

So remember that normal anxiety tends to be limited in time and it is usually connected with some stressful situation or event, such as a public appearance.  When the ‘normal’ anxiety becomes more frequent that it could be termed as a persistent feeling of unease, then you have to look a little more closely at what it is you are experiencing.

Anxiety and anxiety attacks can be associated with the following symptoms:

Physical: Hot and cold flushes, a racing heart and pains in the chest, a panic attack, shortness of breath and even a difficulty breathing. You may also feel very restless and edgy.

Psychological: Just feeling very frightened and worried about ‘life. This may result in obsessive thinking and anxiety associated with family, work, home – any of life’s situation. Your behaviour may change as you avoid going out either professionally or socially.

The above is just a guide and does not feature all the symptoms associated with anxiety. If you are not sure then contact your local GP or therapist.

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