Anxiety disorders can be hard to diagnose, but if you think nail-biting and worrying are the only ways they manifest, you might want to take a look at this short list of other potential symptoms of anxiety. If you find yourself nodding along…you might want to have a chat with your doctor.
#6. Small tasks seem insurmountable.
When you struggle to stay focused, even the smallest of tasks can seem impossible – and having difficulty concentrating is a sign of both anxiety and depression.
#5. You’ve got a permanently upset tummy.
Gas, bloating, constipation, cramps, and diarrhea are annoyances that most people deal with from time-to-time. That said, if you’re experiencing them daily, you might have irritable bowel syndrome – which is extremely common among people with anxiety disorders.
#4. Nothing helps your headache.
There’s a connection between anxiety, depressions, and pain – people who suffer from one or more of these disorders are more prone to both tension headaches and migraines.
#3. Sleep is elusive.
You’re exhausted but your thoughts are racing and your heart is pounding and there’s no point in closing your eyes. Anxiety has been shown to worsen insomnia and sleep deprivation.
#2. You get easily winded.
This one might be a surprise, but shortness of breath is a classic issue for people with panic disorders. It’s not necessarily hyperventilating, either, but more like a feeling of not being able to get enough air.
#1. You pre-game every party.
If you feel like you need a drink in order to cope with the stress of social situations, you might have social anxiety. And while a drink here and there isn’t going to hurt anyone, long term it can turn into a crutch.
Take care of yourselves out there, and don’t suffer in silence.