6 Common Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety

There are 6 very common symptoms of Generalized Anxiety. If you have had some or all of these symptoms the majority of days for the past 6 months it is very likely that you are suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), you should see a Doctor:

1. Persistant Feeling of Fear or Worry

The key symptom of Generalized Anxiety is a persistant feeling of worry or fear. This worry is likely to be about things that you cannot control and it’s possible that you cannot isolate the cause of your fear. You may find it difficult to stop worrying and this may in turn affect your ability to sleep, eat or perform everyday tasks.

2. Difficulty Sleeping

You may experience difficulty falling asleep because your mind is racing with worrying thoughts. People suffering from anxiety may also have trouble staying asleep, or experience restless sleep. Sleep deprivation may make it difficult to concentrate and perform your normal work or school tasks. Unfortunately lack of sleep can cause or exacerbate other symptoms of anxiety including feeling irritable, tense and tired.

3. Feeling Tired

Feeling constantly tired, lethargic and unmotivated is another common symptom of an anxiety disorder. This can be due to the related symptom of difficulty sleeping and maintaining regular sleeping patterns, but it can also be a problem even if you aren’t having trouble getting to sleep.

4. Muscle Pain

Muscle soreness, tenseness and pain are related symptoms of anxiety. Common places for muscle pain in anxiety sufferers is the neck, jaw and back. If you are experiencing pain in your jaw, it could indicate that you are subconsciously grinding your teeth (often while sleeping). To prevent teeth damage, you should see a dentist. Muscle pain in your neck, shoulders and back is because these places are commonly tensed when you are anxious. While massage, stretching or even acupuncture can be used to relieve these symptoms, it is necessary to treat the underlying causes of your anxiety  before the muscle pain will stop occurring.

5. Difficulty Concentrating

Many people with an Anxiety Disorder have difficulty concentrating because of invasive, worrying thoughts or general unease. This may affect the sufferer’s ability to perform in their job, school or even day-to-day tasks.

6. Feeling Restless/Edgy

Similarly, a common anxiety symptom is a persistant feeling of restlessness – often for no apparent reason. This might be described as a feeling of being on edge all the time, or tense. This is a symptom related to the ‘fight or flight’ response of anxiety sufferers. People who are feeling restless will probably experience related symptoms such as difficulty sleeping and concentrating.

If you have been experiencing some or all of these symptoms, for a long period of time (more than 6 months), then it is likely that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder. It’s best to speak to a doctor about these symptoms and they will be able to provide you with some methods to ease your anxiety. It might also be useful to grab a popular anxiety book, investigate some natural ways to reduce your anxiety and/or give The Linden Method a try (it helped me with my anxiety, and I’m confident it can help you too):

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