Anxiety symptoms are feeling uneasy, with worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life – for example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including: panic disorder, phobias – such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (social phobia) or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Anxiety Disorder is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. People with Anxiety Disorder feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue. It can cause both psychological (mental) and physical symptoms but these vary from person to person.
Anxiety Disorder can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in restlessness, a sense of dread, feeling constantly “on edge”, difficulty concentrating or irritability. There can also be physical symptoms such as tiredness, palpitations, feeling sick and insomnia.