When you have a physical ailment, more often than not, it’s relatively easy to identify because all you need to do is have a few medical tests done that can physically show you where the problem lies, and what you need to do to find the solution. When it comes to mental illness, however, it’s not as simple as that.
This is because when you begin to suffer from a mental ailment, it’s more difficult to pinpoint and treat because it is not something that’s physically tangible. With the passage of time, we have become more knowledgeable about the symptoms of mental illnesses to help us identify them and treat them, and this is great news. If you are suspecting that you might be suffering from a form of anxiety, then check to see if you have any of these signs.
1. Trouble Sleeping
Many of us experience issues with our sleep, and this could be for a number of reasons. You’ll know that it’s related to anxiety if you find that the thoughts you have before bed are numbing and worrisome. If you can’t help thinking of negative things before going to bed, or if you feel stiff, clammy, and sweaty, then the chances are, you’re not able to sleep because of your anxiety. You’ll find that even after you finally do fall asleep, you don’t have a restful sleep and probably suffer from nightmares, cold sweats, and in some cases sleep paralysis does occur. The brain is on overdrive so it reacts as such.
2. Inability to Focus
You’ll find that with cases of anxiety, each symptom begets or contributes to the next. If you find that you’re having restless or lack of sleep, then this, in turn, will affect your ability to focus. Not only that, anxious thoughts do tend to distract and make it extremely difficult for you to stay focused on any task, this is where you might start to feel agitation as well.
3. Nervous Habits
Agitation, which is a prevalent sign of an anxiety disorder, is bound to bring up nervous habits. Many times, people are not even aware of when they start having these habits because they do this subconsciously. There are a number of people who fiddle with their hair, and if not noticed and treated, this can escalate to a habit of even pulling the hair out. If you look at the information found on this site, you’ll find that there are support groups and communities that relate to this. Having a support network is essential to identifying and admitting to having these harmful habits. This can also include nail-biting, scratching, clenching of the hand and jaws, nervous tick in the eye, and many more.
4. Physical Signs
As mentioned in the point above, nervous habits can be brought on by anxiety. This is where the physical signs come in as well. We had just mentioned how you can develop a nervous tick in the eye, and there are many people that start off by doing this to alleviate tension in the head or stress, and then it starts to happen without their control. Because of the incredible stress that people with anxiety are under, this affects the nervous system, as well as the digestive system as well, so watch out for migraines, shoulder and neck pains, and indigestion issues. Others may also have an increased heart rate, which is stemmed from panic attacks, which we’ll take about in the next sign.
5. Panic Attacks
What a panic attack is, in essence, is the presence of fear or paranoia, be it rational or irrational, that causes the person to sometimes hyperventilate and have an irregular heartbeat. Experiencing a panic attack comes along with difficulty breathing and excessive sweating. If you find that you’re experiencing these, then it’s time to see a doctor as soon as possible.
6. Worry & Paranoia
We just mentioned the factor of fear coming into play. Worry and paranoia go hand in hand with fear, and these feelings are what work up to a crippling sense of fear. Those who suffer from anxiety tend to worry more than usual, and can be paranoid about a lot of things that most people don’t really consider or think about.
7. A Need for Isolation
Because of the crippling emotions and stress that a person with anxiety experiences, they will slowly but surely step away from social gatherings, confrontations, and situations in general. This is because it causes them too much stress, or they feel they cannot handle human interaction at times.
Anxiety is no simple ailment by any means. If left untreated, it can completely deteriorate at a person’s mental well being and it will only get worse from these. It is not a disease that stagnates- it does escalate. This is why it’s so important to always look into what you’re feeling and analyze it to see if you may be suffering from anxiety and if so, seek help immediately.