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The symptoms of Anxiety Disorder can range from extreme or intense emotions, physical symptoms, or certain character behaviors.  Below we present you with a checklist of the signs and symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder, grouped according to these three experiential levels.

Emotional Signs and Symptoms 

  • Irrational and crippling fear
  • Excessive worrying
  • Persistent self-doubt 
  • An intolerance of uncertainty
  • Feelings of panic, fear and uneasiness

Physical Signs and Symptoms 

  • Insomnia or other forms of sleep problems, and sleep disorders such as frequent nightmares, restless leg syndrome, and bruxism (gnashing of teeth during sleep)
  • Chronic pain, persistent and pervasive muscle tension, chest pains
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, digestive problems, frequent urination, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Heart Disease or other forms of heart problems such as racing heartbeat and heart palpitations
  • Respiratory problems and shortness of breath
  • Allergic reactions
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills, twitching, shaking, and hot flashes 
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness and fainting spells
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet

Behavioral or Medical Signs and Symptoms 

  • Repeated panic attacks that are characterized by sudden and intense fear and helplessness, coupled with a racing heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, stomach pain, and breathing problems
  • Extreme stage fright and self-consciousness in social situations as possible symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Sudden flashbacks to a traumatic memory or event in the past
  • Extreme and debilitating perfectionism
  • Rituals that are comprised of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior
  • Restlessness and the inability to be still and calm

In addition to the signs and symptoms enumerated above, there are certain lifestyle and environmental factors that can also contribute to a person having an Anxiety Disorder.  If you have experienced or are going through any of the following, there is a greater risk that what you are experiencing may already be classified as an Anxiety Disorder:

Contributory Factors:

  • Substance and alcohol abuse
  • Side effects of certain drugs such as those for high blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid disorders
  • Withdrawal symptoms due to cessation of drugs, alcohol, or any medication prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders
  • Exposure to persistent and ongoing stressful environmental factors at work, school, or at home, or a specific triggering event characterized by high stress

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