How to recognize signs of anxiety disorder

anxity A person with anxiety disorder may display a high state of alertness, action, impatience and hyperactivity.  Restlessness and irritable mood can also be observed.  There could be constant flow of thoughts and the person may find it difficult to relax and calm down.  There may be constant chattering and hyperventilation of thoughts.

A person with anxiety disorder may break into state of helplessness and confusion, as they may not be able to take stock of the situation due to their anxiety.  There may be excessive tension, worry and feeling of hopelessness or fear that something will go wrong.  There may be a lot of negative feelings or thoughts at this point.

The person may feel that the situation is unreal.  They may be profuse sweating in the forehead or palms.  The person may also experience sudden coldness or chill in the body.  The face may also look flushed and pale.

There may be constant trembling of the hands, body or mumbling/stammering while speaking.  There may be feeling of weakness in the legs and a feeling that they may buckle down any moment.  A person may also feel dizzy or light headed.  There may be a tendency to hold the rails or touch the walls for support.

There could be increased heartbeat, palpitation or thumping sensation in the heart.  The heartbeat could be irregular.  The breathing may slow down.  There may be shortness of breath, and the person may make an effort to take in adequate oxygen by breathing deeply, due to feeling of constriction or choking.

There may be ‘lump in the throat’ sensation, desire to drink excessive water or need to relief oneself constantly.  So the person may tend to visit the washroom frequently and stay there for a longer time.

There may also be pain or cramped feeling in the abdomen.  The muscles may get tense and there may be a tingling sensation or twitch too.


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