These 6 Common Problems Could Be Signs of Anxiety

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.