To be anxious is to be human. In other words, everyone suffers from anxiety in some way, shape or form. Unfortunately, for millions of people around the world, anxiety is much more than a “normal stressor.” Anxiety is, for many people, a crippling condition. Common symptoms of anxiety include fatigue, excessive worrying and an ability to sleep. These symptoms are exacerbated for those suffering from chronic anxiety. Probably the worst symptom of anxiety is the panic attack. Panic attacks can completely debilitate a person, due to the overwhelming sense of fear.
The symptoms are commonplace, but what is a bit more unique are the signs of anxiety that people usually don’t notice. I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of them so that you can take a step back, analyze your personal experiences, and determine if you suffer from anxiety.
Have you ever gone through your day having felt the need to do a million different things, only to realize that you’ve completed nothing? If the answer is yes, you may suffer from anxiety. Two common manifestations of anxiety are poor time management and low productivity. The ability to prioritize your day can also be drastically affected by anxiety. If you seem to end your day with a small amount of work completed, you may want to visit a doctor for a concrete diagnosis.
You Startle Easily
Do you find yourself jumping to the ceiling when someone simply calls your name? That might be a serious sign of anxiety. According to a study from the Depression and Anxiety journal, mental stress and anxiety are common for those that startle easily.
Your Network is Driving you Crazy
In life, relationships are essential. We all need friends, family, coworkers and loved ones to help us get through the day, relax and have fun. But, understandably, every now and then, our network can get a bit annoying, and that’s normal. However, those suffering from anxiety express their annoyance in a slightly unhealthier way: by yelling at their friends/family. According to psychologist Dr. Lauren Appio, anxiety sufferers express their fight/flight/freeze responses in a heightened way.
These are not the only signs that you suffer from anxiety. There are dozens of other tells that can alert you, and those around you, that you suffer from anxiety. If any of these signs sound familiar to you, then you might want to consult your doctor for information on how to treat your anxiety.