Anxiety is a normal human response to stressful or uncertain situations such as a divorce, starting a new school or changing jobs. In certain situations it can be a productive response as it can prepare us for a difficult situation.

Symptoms of anxiety

But for many, anxiety can take over their normal day to day life and often feel controlled by their anxiety. Anxiety can often be associated with other issues such as depression or panic attacks.

Anxiety causes us to have two kinds of responses, one physical and the other psychological. The physical symptoms are caused by our brains preparing us for the stressful or new event, making us ready for a fight or flight response. Your heart and lungs work faster along with other parts of your body and adrenaline is released. All these factors mean that the following symptoms can occur:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tightness of the chest or pains in the chest
  • Excessive sweating
  • Blushing
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhoea

In addition to the above symptoms people can also feel the psychological symptoms which can include:

  • Lack of concentration
  • More than normal feelings of anger
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling of being out of control
  • Low self esteem
  • Feeling of panic

When to ask for help:

  • If the feelings are severe
  • If the feelings are prolonged
  • If the feelings interfere with your day to day life
  • If it happens without stressful event occurring

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