Anxiety and anxiety symptoms occur at different levels. There thus are different levels of discomfort which you might experience. This can range from minor discomfort to anxiety symptoms which rule your entire life, making it so that you no longer know what to do with yourself.
In a minor form of anxiety symptoms, you will feel uncomfortable in the anxiety symptoms, but the influence on your behavior remains limited. This is a relatively healthy form of anxiety symptoms,which has only just crossed the border to unhealthy anxiety. Sometimes you will not know what to do with yourself, be more confused than normally, but you can let go of the anxiety. Furthermore, you will not purposely avoid any situations which might trigger minor anxiety symptoms. You still dare to deal with these situations and do not avoid them.
In a mild form of anxiety symptoms, the general anxiety symptoms start to show up, and will start to influence your behavior and life. You will notice that you no longer feel comfortable in certain situation, and will avoid these situations when you can. If you still need to deal with the situations, you will do so, but you will not feel very comfortable. Furthermore, the anxiety will also limit you in other areas of life. For example, if you are having a conversation you will not be listening, because your body starts to react.
The following anxiety symptoms can indicate clear discomfort in certain situations:
Your body will often be tense when you experience anxiety.You also find it difficult to let go of the situation, and it stays in your head. This worrying can then cause headaches or further muscular tension. After a while you feel exhausted and fatigued, because you ask too much of your body. In the situation itself you will notice that you do not feel comfortable and therefore become restless and even irritable. Sometimes people also experience agitation as on of the anxiety symptoms, meaning they do not know what to do with their body and mind. Sometimes you can then start to make large and intensive movements with your arms.
In the major and extreme forms of anxiety symptoms, these anxiety symptoms often have a large influence on your life and you will even start to experience panic attacks. You will try to completely avoid the situations which cause the anxiety and whenever you are in contact with these situations again, you can experience a panic attack. This form of anxiety and anxiety symptoms will heavily influence your daily life and exert an enormous pressure on you. After a while you can also start to experience a fear of fear. THis means that you fear feeling the anxiety symptoms, because you do not want these anxiety symptoms to happen. This can make it so that people, after a while, completely isolate themselves as their anxiety has taken over their lives.
The anxiety symptoms of a panic attack can be divided up into two types of anxiety symptoms: physical anxiety symptoms and psychological anxiety symptoms.
A panic attack is characterized by an increased heart rate, heightened blood pressure, hearth palpitations, a dry mouth, an aching chest, feeling short of breath, and headache. It is also possible that you start sweating without physical exertion. You can turn pale and possible also experience digestive issues after a period of stress and anxiety symptoms. Hyperventilation, too, often occurs with anxiety symptoms. You feel like you can no longer control your own rate of breathing and your body enters some sort of overdrive.
Psychological anxiety symptoms of a panic attack can include de-realization. This means that you feel like whatever is happening is not real. Also, depersonalization often occurs. This means that you feel like you are no longer in contact with your own body. Some people describe it as if they were looking at themselves from outside their bodies, that they are no longer within their bodies. All of this can give the feeling that the situation is not real and that you have lost control over your own body.
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