anxiety symptoms

Generalised anxiety symptoms

Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety often manifest as uncontrollable, excessive anxiety and worry about a number of events or activities (such as work, sporting, social, relational, school performance, etc).

The anxiety and worry is usually accompanied by feelings of

  • Restlessness or feelings of being on edge

  • Being easily fatigued 

  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank 

  • Irritability 

  • Muscle tension, trembling,twitching, ache, soreness, shakiness

  • Sleep disturbance

Social anxiety symptoms (social phobia)

Symptoms of Social Anxiety manifests as a intense fear or anxiety about being scrutinized or judged by others during social interactions (such as meeting unfamiliar people or being observed eating), and/or when having to perform in front of others.

 

A person suffering with symptoms of social anxiety often fear being embarrassed, humiliated or rejected by others.

It is important to note that the fear of the social situation is often out of proportion to the actual danger it poses

This is usually accompanied by the following

  • Fears that he or she will be judged negatively  

  • Fear of displaying anxious behavior

  • Avoidance of social situations or enduring them with intense fear or anxiety

panic attack symptoms

Panic attacks are usually experienced as sudden intense fear or discomfort which often reaches a peaks within minutes and is characterized by the following physical and cognitive symptoms:

  • Disruption in normal heart rate

  • Sweating 

  • Trembling or shaking 

  • Perceived difficulty breathing or choking 

  • Chest pain or discomfort

  • Nausea or abdominal stress

  • Feeling dizzy, light headed or faint

  • Chills or heat sensations

  • Numb or tingling sensations

  • Feelings of unreality

  • Fear of losing control or going crazy

  • Fear of dying 

 

The panic attacks may also be followed by

  • Excessive worry with regards to experiencing another panic attack

  • Avoidance of  certain situations that may cause another panic attack

A person experiencing a panic attack may not know what is upsetting or causing the panic like symptoms.

agoraphobia symptoms

People struggling with symptoms of Agoraphobia often experience significant fear, anxiety and/or avoidance behavior in the following situations

  • Using public transport (e.g. automobiles, buses, trains, ships, planes).

  • Being in open or enclosed spaces (e.g. parking lots, marketplaces, bridges).  

  • Standing in a cue or being in a crowded space (e.g. shops, theaters, cinemas)

  • Being away or outside of one’s safe space (e.g. living space)

The person often fears that he or she will not be able to escape these situations or that no one will be able to help if they experience panic attack like symptoms  

PHOBIA symptoms

A person struggling with phobia like symptoms often experiences a significant amount of fear, anxiety and/or avoidance behavior when he or she comes into contact with specific objects or situations.

The different types of feared objects and situations can include

  • Animals (snakes, birds, dogs etc)

  • Natural environments (rivers, tunnels, bridges etc)

  • Blood, injections, injury

  • Specific situations (eg. flying, driving, being in crowded spaces etc)