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Five Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

David Ross, MD, ACMC-Litchfield, Family Medicine

Your heart is beating like crazy. You feel yourself start to hyperventilate. And it's not the first time. Everyone has experienced anxiety at some point in their life. But you're starting to wonder if it's just typical anxiety or if it could be something more. If you've noticed any of the following symptoms occurring on a regular basis, you should visit with your doctor, you may have an anxiety disorder.

  1. When it comes to general anxiety disorders, excessive worrying is one of the most common symptoms. Persistent worrying that interferes with your daily life is not healthy.
  2. If you frequently have problems getting to or staying asleep because you are worried or upset about something specific or even nothing in particular, it could be a sign of anxiety. Waking up wired or with a mind that just won't stop racing are also symptoms.
  3. Common symptoms of anxiety often include feelings of panic, irrational fear or never-ending uneasiness. Someone who frequently has panic attacks (breathing problems, racing heart, tingling/numb hands, dizziness, sweating, stomach pain), may also be diagnosed with anxiety.
  4. Anxiety can also lead to physical problems like chronic digestive issues, fatigue, irritability, sweating, muscle tension and headaches. If you notice these symptoms are becoming regular, talk to your doctor.
  5. In the stress-filled, busy world we all live in, it can be difficult to relax. But when you constantly feel like you are unable to relax or are restless, it can be a symptom of anxiety.
Anxiety can cause significant problems in how you live your life. But it doesn't have to. If you think you may have an anxiety disorder, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your symptoms.