Symptoms of anxiety: take care!

When we talk about mental illnesses, it is common for there to be some confusion: it is not the same to go through a sad, downcast, or discouraged season than to suffer from depression.

Symptoms of anxiety: take care!

The same goes for anxiety. Feeling nervous and anxious from time to time is normal. It can be passed to us before an exam, if we have an important assignment at work or with personal problems that concern us especially.

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The difference between anxiety, say, normal and pathological is not always easy to distinguish. If it's subjective, what is considered normal? Here are some symptoms that can help you determine if you have an anxiety disorder, and you might want to ask for help.

It is the main symptom of anxiety: excessive fear and worry. But what is excessive?

In this case, it is considered excessive worry if you have distressing thoughts most days of the week for more than six months. In addition, they are thoughts that interfere in some way with your usual day to day life and that can cause other problems, such as stress or fatigue.

Having trouble falling asleep or sleeping straight on is a sometimes minor problem, when it occurs only occasionally, for example before an important event.

But if it often happens to you that you cannot sleep because you feel nervous about a specific problem or nothing in particular, and you spend the night tossing and turning in your bed, it may be a sign that you suffer from anxiety. Also if you just wake up you are already in anguish, with your head at a thousand an hour and you are unable to stop.

Irrational fear is a type of anxiety / Pexels

If you feel a disproportionate fear of a daily situation, such as taking the elevator, or sporadic, such as running into a snake, you may have a phobia, which is a type of anxiety. With disproportionate we mean a paralyzing fear, which you are unable to overcome and which is not up to the risk that this situation entails, in principle much less.

Anxiety disorders are often accompanied by muscle tics such as clenching the fists or jaws, so internalized that the person suffering from them may not realize they are doing it.


Although anxiety is a mental illness, it often manifests itself in physical symptoms throughout the body. One of the most common are digestive problems: malaise, nausea, gas, constipation or diarrhea are some common symptoms that can be related to anxiety.

In a panic attack the patient experiences a sudden feeling of terror accompanied by physical symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, sweating, blurred vision.


Treatment for anxiety includes therapy and some prescription medications that should not be taken without medical supervision, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics.

But there are some lifestyle changes that can help keep anxiety under control.

Caffeine accentuate the symptoms of anxiety / Pexels

1. Cut down on caffeine

Try to reduce your daily caffeine intake by drinking less coffee, tea, chocolate, sodas, and energy drinks. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and can accentuate the symptoms of anxiety.

2. Eat right and exercise

When you exercise, your brain releases substances that help reduce feelings of stress and improve your general mood.

3. Sleep and rest

Anxiety takes its toll among other things due to exhaustion. Create a routine that helps you rest and if you have trouble sleeping, consult your doctor.

Arymel García

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