Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For

Posted: Updated:
ANXIETY SYMPTOMS
10 common symptoms of anxiety | ghadiardja via Getty Images

You may be stressed out by work deadlines or an argument with your partner, but when you have anxiety, everyday common stressors like these can feel insurmountable.

Anxiety is defined, medically at least, as a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease usually about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome, says Dr. Prakash Masand, a psychiatrist and president of Global Medical Education based in New York City.

While there are several symptoms of anxiety, Masand says they can be broken down to psychological and physical ones. Everything from irregular sleeping patterns to constantly fearing something in your life may be signs of anxiety disorder.

According to Statistics Canada, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the country and is usually chronic and generally lasts at least six months. If left untreated, anxiety can get worse over time and people may not feel comfortable doing day-to-day routines like going to work or openly communicating with their partners.

Masand says there are also several misconceptions about anxiety in the medical world. He believes not all forms of anxiety can be harmful, but rather they can help us stay focused and productive when we're dealing with fears, for example. People suffering from anxiety, however, are also aware of the stigma. Telling someone to "calm down" or relating to them with your own stress, can all be viewed as annoying and unhelpful to someone with anxiety.

While you may not be able to treat yourself (treatment is usually carried out by a health expert through counselling or medication), Masand says you can avoid developing anxiety by being organized, identifying your triggers, getting enough sleep, exercising and of course, knowing when to reach out for help.

Here are 10 common signs you may be struggling with anxiety. Talk to a health professional if you are concerned.

Close
10 Common Symptoms Of Anxiety
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Get more health tips on our Pinterest board Follow HuffPost Canada Living's board Healthy Living on Pinterest.

Around the Web

Anxiety Attacks & Anxiety Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Anxiety Symptoms - Anxiety Attacks

15 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Anxiety Symptoms ...

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Get the Facts on Symptoms

Stress and anxiety: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Anxiety symptoms, panic attacks symptoms and treatment of anxiety ...

Symptoms | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA

This Is What Someone With Anxiety Actually Looks Like