The Symptoms of Anxiety

There are three ways anxiety can manifest itself: Physical Sensations, Psychological Effects and Behavioural Reactions. Any combination of these effects may be present, and it may vary to some degree each time. 

Physical Sensations: 

  • Cardiovascular, i.e. rapid heartbeat, chest pain, palpitations, lushing 
  • Respiratory, i.e. hyperventilation and shortness of breath 
  • Neurological, i.e.  headaches, dizziness, sweating, tingling and numbness 
  • Gastrointestinal, i.e. dry mouth, nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea 
  • Musculoskeletal, i.e. muscle aches and pains, restlessness, shaking and tremors 

Psychological Effects 

  • Unrealistic and/or excessive fear 
  • Nervousness, restlessness, worry, feeling on edge 
  • Decreased concentration and memory 
  • Difficulty making decisions and/or overthinking 
  • Mind racing and/or going blank 
  • Confusion, irritability, impatience, anger 
  • Tiredness, difficulty falling asleep, sleep disturbances, vivid dreams 
  • Unwanted and/or unpleasant repetitive thoughts 

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Behavioural Reactions 

  • Avoidance of situations 
  • Repetitive compulsive behaviour (OCD) 
  • Distress in social situations 
  • Urges to escape situations (phobic behaviour)