Most of us experience anxiety at one point in our lives whether before an interview, a big day or during an exam. This one off anxiety is considered normal but some of us are prone to consistent anxiety problems, many not even realising it. Anxiety disorders are complex in nature making them often difficult to diagnose without seeing a specialist or counsellor however there are some signs that you can look out for, whether in yourself or one of your peers, that could suggest you are having difficulties with anxiety.

Erratic sleep

It has been noted that the quality of sleep the current generation gets is decreasing often due to external stimulation from computers/phones as well as poor diet (sugar before bed etc). However if you are regularly having difficulty getting or staying asleep then this could be something else such as an anxiety disorder. Most people who have generalised anxiety disorder also suffer from poor sleep patterns.

You are a worrier

If you are a consistent worrier about everything and anything then it could be a sign of Generalised Anxiety Disorder. It is usually considered a symptom of anxiety if the worrying is drastically interfering with everyday life such as your family and career. Constant worrying usually causes further symptoms such as fatigue and headaches.

Irrational Fears

Irrational fears are usually related to the anxiety symptom of phobia. Phobias can range from common phobias such as fear of height, fear of flying or to rarer phobias such as irrational fear of non dangerous animals. If the phobia/fear is out of proportion to the risk of the actual event itself then it is often a sign of an anxiety disorder and can materialise into further symptoms.

Regular Nausea

Although nausea can be caused by many physiological and dietary problems it can also be a sign of anxiety. If under stressful or worrisome situations you often feel sick or get stomach cramps then this is a possible sign of an anxiety disorder, even more so if this occurs for minor stressful situations (e.g I have lost something or can’t remember something).

Compulsive Behaviours (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorders such as extreme rituals that cause daily stress are one of the most common signs that you could be suffering from anxiety. Obsessiveness can materialise in both mental (overthinking) and physical (e.g repetitive cleaning) actions. Once these actions start to heavily interfere with daily life then it likely that is in an anxiety problem that needs treatment.

Persistent Indigestion

Persistent, or chronic, indigestion is not always a sign of a bad diet or an allergy issue. It can also manifest itself from severe anxiety because of the stress involved. Not only can anxiety cause discomfort it can also be a result of the of the bowel/indigestion problems creating a loop between the two which needs treatment or could continue throughout your life.

Jittery and Nervous

Everyone at some stage has become nervous, usually before a big event or a particular day where something could go wrong. But if you are always jittery, with a regular stomach butterfly feeling and constant adrenaline dumps no matter what the situation is then it is possible that you have an anxiety disorder.

Self Consciousness

Social anxiety is more common than people think meaning that there are some indicators that you may have previously been ignoring that could suggest you have social anxiety traits. If you are regularly feeling self conscious when out in a group, especially with close friends then this is a solid indicator that you may have social anxiety. Regular though patterns may include;

“Why are they talking about me?”

“Why are they looking at me?”

Negative Thinking

This may seem like an obvious sign that something could be wrong but many people suffering from anxiety don’t realise that they are having negative thoughts, they simply believe that these thoughts are ‘normal’ and what they are experiencing is something that everyone else goes through too. If you rarely see a positive in anything that you do from health, relationships to money then it could be a sign that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder that is effecting your life.

Focusing on Past Events

Is there a particular event in your life, big or small, that you cannot stop thinking about? If you regularly focus on one event in your life whether it be repeating the event over and over or trying to think of alternative outcomes to the event then it is likely to cause you stress. This stress and build up, have an impact on your life and develop into serious anxiety issues.

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? You may be suffering from an Anxiety or Panic disorder. The Panic Room are a professional private anxiety disorder clinic who can help you understand your issues. View more information on our consultation rates here or learn more about The Panic Room.