Your natural response to stress and strain is anxiety, but severe anxiety is a serious mental disease. It cannot be ignored, as it has real symptoms. Many children and adults often do not know they are suffering from severe anxiety because society tells us otherwise. This article will tell whether or not you are suffering from severe anxiety.
Being nervous is a part of being human. We, humans, tend to feel anxious in moments. We anticipate a lot of moments that mean the big deal to us. A shear force of nervousness gets through us. Mostly, it is because we want that particular thing or event to go perfect, or as we have planned in our minds. So before anything goes wrong, we tend to feel nervous about it. But this is normal, almost all of us get nervous from time to time in such situations. The real deal is when you get nervous a lot more than normal.
Be it in any situation, from being called out in class to hanging out with friends. From greeting someone to speaking in public. Be it any given situation. If you find yourself being nervous about it, then you definitely suffer from severe anxiety. If you get nervous in an ordinary situation to a high profile situation, when you are not normally supposed to be anxious or nervous in ordinary situations, that is a symptom of severe anxiety.
If you catch yourself trembling in any given situation, note that it is not because of any weather or cold/fever that you might have. But specifically from the situation you are in, you must know that it is a symptom of severe anxiety. Whether it is you yourself, or anyone that you know who trembles in anticipatory or non-anticipatory situations. They are more likely suffering from severe anxiety and need assistance. You may notice yours or their hands tremble, or knees. Trembling, in general, is a response if fight or flight hormone, which is normal in all human beings. But when you experience irregular and excessive trembles than usual, then it is a symptom of severe anxiety.
Lower Confidence Level
Your confidence is forever challenged by your anxiety. But when you are suffering from severe anxiety, your confidence level keeps dropping down day by day. You get anxious to speak out in class, work, or any public setting, to losing your confidence in front of your friends and family. You barely speak in front of them or have trouble speaking in front of them because of the low confidence and you lose your courage, your strength to be vocal in public and private. Many people, children and adults, often go through the drop in their confidence level when their anxiety has taken over them. They become submissive in nature.
Being Distracted Easily
Focus! Focus is the main element that can overcome your anxiety on any level. But if you find yourself losing focus very easily, you are unable to concentrate or to think straight without being distracted easily. You are suffering from severe anxiety. Distraction is a major symptom of severe anxiety. People who get easily distracted while they are in class or work or even in a normal sitting conversation are suffering from severe anxiety big time. And the worst thing about this symptom is that you normally would not know you are suffering from anxiety until you focus on your symptoms.
Physically weakness and exhaustion without reason is a symptom of severe anxiety. People get weak because of physical exertion or mental weakness. Because of mental exertion, but when you find yourself being physically weak without any such cause, then you are suffering from severe anxiety. Being tired even if you have slept or eaten, is generally known as fatigue and one of the symptoms of anxiety. Your body drains all the energy because of being anxious. When you get anxious, your body is in fight or flight mode, where your adrenaline is rushing through your veins, though this energy is not put to good use so it drains you, and you feel tired and weak all the time.
Sweating A Lot
Unnecessary sweating can without feeling hot or exercising. You sweat when you are nervous. But if you find yourself sweating more than normal or how you usually do in a given situation where your anxiety kicks in, you must be suffering from severe anxiety. Sweat is normal in nervousness or any such situation which puts you in a fight or flight mode. But unnecessarily sweating more than usual is an alarming symptom of severe anxiety.
Your speech is mostly affected by anxiety, which is why most people lose their confidence and stops speaking up or sharing their views in public or private. Another common symptom of severe anxiety is stammer. If you find yourself stutter your said words, sentences or phrases longer than normal, or tend to repeat them because you are stuck on a certain syllable. Stammer is commonly known as stuttering in your speech. You are suffering from severe anxiety. When you get nervous or anxious in any called or uncalled situation, you will experience stammer, which proves that you are suffering from severe anxiety.
Panic attacks are the most common and major symptom of severe anxiety. It usually comprise of shortness of breath, instant nausea, vomiting, heart palpitations, irregular shivers. This normally occurs because of fear or discomfort in any given situation. When a person suffers a panic attack, his body turns on the fight or flight mode. Panic attacks can be very risky to the person, as it may result in angina pain or fainting. Normal nervousness or anxiety does not cause you a panic attack but can happen in difficult situations. In case you are experiencing more panic attacks than normal, then it is an alarming sign of severe anxiety and you must get help.
Irregular Sleep Pattern
Unable to sleep at night is one of the major signs of severe anxiety. Yes, we all have a difficult time sleeping before a big day because of nervousness, excitement, or anxiety, but being unable to sleep on a daily basis because of that counts as a major symptom of severe anxiety. Some people can sleep but have irregular sleep patterns. That is they wake up many times during their sleep; this irregularity also terms it in severe anxiety.
Fidgeting is the unnecessary movements we make while in anxiety or nervousness. These movements can be moving your leg, biting your nails or lips, ticking a pen, or anything with your hands. The movements reflect uneasiness and discomfort to the second person you’re with or in case the whole meeting if it is in public. These movements only start when your anxiety kicks in. Any person can tell you are in discomfort or uneasy from such movements.
Now that you have read about the 10 major symptoms of severe anxiety, you would know whether or not you are suffering from it. But it is all right if you, you can always go for speech therapy or general therapy. You can overcome these by starting to take longer breaths in such a situation, breathing in and out helps you overcome your anxiety in such situations. Tell us in the comments below how you cope up with anxiety.