Physical symptoms of anxiety

  • A feeling of restlessness, feeling “keyed up,” or “on-edge;”
  • Shortness of breath, or a feeling of choking;
  • Sweaty palms;
  • A racing heart;
  • Chest pain or discomfort;
  • Muscle tension, trembling, feeling shaky;
  • Nausea and/or diarrhea;
  • “Butterflies” in the stomach;
  • Dizziness, or feeling faint;
  • Hot flashes;
  • Chills;
  • Numbness, or tingling sensations;
  • An exaggerated startle response; and,
  • Sleep disturbance and fatigue.

Behavioral symptoms of anxiety

  • Avoidance behaviors such as avoiding anxiety-producing situations (e.g., avoiding social situations) or places (e.g., using the stairs instead of an elevator).
  • Escaping from an anxiety-producing situation (like a crowded lecture hall).
  • Engaging in unhealthy, risky, or self-destructive behaviors (such as excessive drinking or drug use to deal with the anxiety).
  • Feeling compelled to limit the amount and scope of one’s daily activities to reduce the overall level of anxiety (e.g., remaining in the safety of one’s home).
  • Becoming overly attached to a safety object or person (e.g., refusing to go out, away from home, to school, or to work in order to avoid separation).

Emotional symptoms of anxiety

  • apprehension,
  • distress,
  • dread,
  • nervousness,
  • feeling overwhelmed,
  • panic,
  • uneasiness,
  • worry,
  • fear or terror,
  • jumpiness or edginess.

Cognitive symptoms of anxiety

  • “What if _ happens?”
  • “I must have certainty.”
  • “I can’t possibly tolerate not knowing_.”
  • “What do these physical symptoms mean?”
  • “People will laugh at me.”
  • “I won’t be able to escape.”
  • “I am going crazy.”
  • “Oh my God, what’s happening to me?”

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About anxiety and me

Hi my name is Michael, i have suffered with panic disorder since 2009. From 2009 to about 2013 anxiety ruled my world and prevented me from doing all the things i loved and enjoyed doing.




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