For instance, waiting for medical results — like those that can detect whether we have a thyroid problem — is completely nerve-wracking. So is speaking in front of an audience, confronting someone about a problem, or even going on a date.
But for many of us, once we tackle these difficult situations, our nerves calm and we can happily go on with our lives.
However, for 6.8 million Americans with an anxiety disorder, forgetting about problems isn’t so easy. The most common form of this illness is called generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, and it is characterized by excessive worry about everyday life even when there is little to no reason to worry.
According to the National Institute for Mental Health, sufferers aren’t even aware that they have the ailment, which also affects more women than men.
“I always thought I was just a worrier,” says an anonymous patient who worked with NIMH. “At times it would come and go, and at times it would be constant. It could go on for days. I’d worry about what I was going to fix for a dinner party, or what would be a great present for somebody. I just couldn’t let something go.”
Does this sound like something you or possibly a loved one may have? Check out the symptoms below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Anxiety Symptom #1: Excessive Worry
Anxiety Symptom #2: Muscle Tension
Anxiety Symptom #3: Headaches
Anxiety Symptom #4: Difficulty Concentrating
Anxiety Symptom #5: Sweating
Anxiety Symptom #6: Nausea
Anxiety Symptom #7: Frequent Bathroom Breaks
Anxiety Symptom #8: Trouble Sleeping
Anxiety Symptom #9: Trembling
Anxiety Symptom #10: Easily Startled
According to WebMD, being startled easily is one of the biggest symptoms of GAD, and being jumpy does seem like a normal response to other symptoms like tiredness, rapid thoughts, headaches, and constant worry.
If you find yourself on edge often, maybe it’s not so much “your personality,” but rather a sign that there is something much more complex at play.
If you get frightened easily and think you may have an anxiety disorder, it’s also important to recognize the signs of a panic attack.
Those who are suffer from GAD often experience panic attacks, which can be a confusing and scary experience. It can also happen suddenly and without warning.
Panic Attack Symptom #1: Racing Heart
Panic Attack Symptom #2: Tingling
Panic Attack Symptom #3: Chest Pain
Panic Attack Symptom #4: Breathing Difficulties