The symptoms of Anxiety

Aparajita Mohanty

Anxiety is believed to be the commonest form of mental illness. Almost every mental illness begins with the symptoms of anxiety. It can best be described as the feeling of unease, worry or fear. The symptoms are not only mental but physical as well.

Feeling anxious at a very stressful event is a common phenomenon. Anxiety is related to “flight and fight” response which a normal reaction to a potentially dangerous situation. It speeds up the mental and physical process which allows us to react to such situations. Considering today’s stressful lifestyle its common to be anxious. Therefore, it’s quite essential to know the symptoms, understand when this natural phenomenon turns out to be a mental health problem and when to seek help.

If you are at unease for a prolonged period and unable to control the worries or rationalize it, then it is highly possible that you are going through generalized anxiety disorder or GAD.


When to seek help-

  1. If you are having rapid and irregular heartbeat for a prolonged period.
  2. If you are breathing faster than normal when you are not performing any strenuous physical task.
  3. If you sweat excessively.
  4. If you are feeling dizzy all the time.
  5. If you are having dry mouth.
  6. If you have frequent stomach crunch.
  7. If you have frequent loose motion


These physical symptoms are often followed by certain psychological impact like inability to concentrate, irritation, lack of patience, tiredness, feeling low, loss of confidence etc.   If you are going through any of these symptoms, a few of them or all of them, you need to consult a physician. Most often person going through anxiety disorder develops coping mechanism, which can lead to the territory of other mental illness. Therefore, it is indeed essential to understand the symptoms and acknowledge the problem and seek medical help. If you are going through any of these symptoms, a few of them or all of them, you need to consult a physician and start taking therapy before it extends to other complicated mental disorder.


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