Symptoms of Anxiety

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Symptoms of Anxiety

Behaviour
– Withdrawing from, avoiding or enduring with fear objects or situations which cause anxiety
– Urges to perform certain rituals in a bid to relieve anxiety
– Not being assertive (including avoiding eye contact)
– Difficulty making decisions
– Being startled easily

Feelings
– Overwhelmed
– Fear (particularly When having to face Certain objects, situations or events)
– Worried about physical symptoms (For example fearing there is an undiagnosed medical problem)
– Dread (for example that something bad is going to happen)
– Constantly tense, nervous or on edge
– Uncontrollable or overwhelming panic

Thoughts
– I’m going crazy
– I can’t control myself
– I’m about to die
– People are judging me
– Having upsetting dreams or flashbacks of a traumatic event
– Finding it hard to stop worrying
– Unwonted or intrusive thoughts

Physical
– Increased heart rate/racing heart
– Shortness of breath
– Vomiting, nausea or pain in the stomach
– Muscle tension and pain (example sore back or jaw)
– Having trouble sleeping (For example difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless sleep)
– Sweating, shaking
– Dizzy, lightheaded or faint
– Numbness or tingling
– hot or Cold flushes
– Difficulty concentrating

Source: Beyond Blue

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