With more uncertainty about what the future holds, anxiety is at an all-time high. It can creep up on you in many ways, and the effects can be debilitating. The good news is anxiety can be managed with the help of a mental health professional, so don’t lose hope. Recognizing the symptoms is the first step.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety disorders are characterized by a variety of symptoms. One of the most common is excessive worrying that disrupts daily functioning. Other signs include: racing heart, restlessness, throat problems, difficulty concentrating, irritability, stomach issues, and trouble sleeping. Read more about the physical symptoms of anxiety here.
A panic attack is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort and includes at least four of the following symptoms: palpitations or accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath or sensations of smothering. These attacks are scary, and recurring attacks may indicate a panic disorder.
When to Seek Help
It’s normal to feel a bit more anxious during COVID changes and restrictions, but you should still be able to enjoy the things that brought comfort before the pandemic. If you feel anxious on most days and often experience one or more symptoms, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.
Regardless of how long you have been experiencing symptoms, if you feel like your emotions are interfering with your life, you should seek professional help.
How to Get Started
To ease any concerns about your physical health, visit a doctor to rule out any issues. Then, contact a therapist for guidance on how to ease stress and find solutions to your specific worries.
Remember, anxiety manifests in many ways, and it’s best to talk to a therapist before you turn to the Internet for diagnosis. Contact LifeStance Health for an in-person or Telehealth consultation. Our therapists will access your symptoms and create a treatment plan to help you cope. Reach out via the button below or call 630-428-7890 for an immediate appointment.