Symptoms of Anxiety

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Some patients I see are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds.  Zacharty Bercovitz

Anxiety is a reaction generated by the nervous system. Although it is believed is mostly psychological, it is well known that can produce several symptoms of different natures. These symptoms can vary from small discomforts to intense feelings and bodily sensations.

Symptoms of anxiety may be cognitive-emotional, physiological and behavioral. All these symptoms can influence each other, for example, cognitive symptoms may increase the physiological reactions and influence the patient’s behavior.

It is important, to control physiological symptoms and to change behavioral patterns, for the sufferer to know that this sensations are caused by an excited nervous system, which, fueled by thoughts and fears, believes that there is a threat.  However, since many of these symptoms are also associated with other conditions, it is recommended to seek for medical advice and realize a checkup to rule out other possibilities.

This are some of the most common symptoms of anxiety.

Cognitive-emotional symptoms:

  • Constant worry.
  • Fear of losing control, of being judged by others.
  • General fear.
  • Negative thoughts.
  • Insecurity.
  • Difficulty making decisions, thinking, concentrating.

Physiological symptoms

  • Palpitations, tachycardia.
  • Muscle tension.
  • Dizziness.
  • Sweating.
  • Tremor.
  • Gastric distress, stomach pain, nausea.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Headaches.

Behavioral symptoms

  • Avoiding feared situations.
  • Excessive eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Restlessness (nail biting, scratching, repetitive movements).
  • Difficulty sleeping. Insomnia.

Many of these symptoms, can remain constant throughout the day, present all the time, causing great exhaustion to those who suffer from this disorder. For others, symptoms can appear suddenly and then disappear for a while. There is no definitive pattern for the behavior of anxiety. This is why anxiety treatments often vary so much, according to each person.


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