Panic Attacks, Generalized anxiety disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder or PTSD are not your “illness” they are all symptoms of Uncontrolled Anxiety. Each and every one of these symptoms has its own symptoms. We won’t go very deep into each of the symptoms because we are focusing on the solution rather than the problem. However, for you to understand that the core behavioral condition you have is anxiety, we will outline the most common symptoms one’s for you.
Common Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms:
- Excessive, ongoing worry and tension
- An unrealistic view of problems
- Restlessness or a feeling of being “edgy”
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty concentrating
- The need to go to the bathroom frequently
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Being easily startled
Common Panic Attack/Disorder Symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or hyperventilation
- Heart palpitations or a racing heart
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Trembling or shaking
- Choking feeling
- Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings
- Nausea or upset stomach
- Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Hot or cold flashes
- Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy
- Persistent concern about having additional attacks
Common Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms:
- Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others
- Fear of causing harm to yourself or others
- Intrusive sexually explicit or violent thoughts and images
- Excessive focus on religious or moral ideas
- Fear of losing or not having things you might need
- Order and symmetry: the idea that everything must line up “just right.”
- Superstitions; excessive attention to something considered lucky or unlucky
- Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches.
- Repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they’re safe.
- Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety.
- Spending a lot of time washing or cleaning.
- Ordering, evening out, or arranging things “just so.”
- Praying excessively or engaging in rituals triggered by religious fear.
- Accumulating “junk” such as old newspapers, magazines, and empty food containers, or other things you don’t have a use for.
Common Social Anxiety Disorder Triggers and Symptoms:
- Meeting new people
- Being the center of attention
- Being watched while doing something
- Making small talk
- Public speaking
- Performing on stage
- Being teased or criticized
- Talking with “important” people or authority figures
- Being called on in class
- Going on a date
- Making phone calls
- Using public bathrooms
- Taking exams.
- Eating or drinking in public
- Speaking up in a meeting
- Attending parties or other social gatherings
- Intense worry for days, weeks, or even months before an upcoming social situation.
- Extreme fear of being watched or judged by others, especially people you don’t know.
- Excessive self-consciousness and anxiety in everyday social situations.
- Fear that you’ll act in ways that will embarrass or humiliate yourself.
- Fear that others will notice that you’re nervous.
- Avoidance of social situations to a degree that limits your activities or disrupts your life.
- Pounding heart or tight chest
- Shaky voice
- Rapid breathing
- Sweating or hot flashes
- Upset stomach, nausea
- Dry mouth
- Trembling or shaking
- Muscle tension
- Dizziness, feeling faint
- Clammy hands
You might have one disorder and symptoms of another one as well, but that doesn’t mean that you suffer from two disorders. If the symptoms you have don’t disrupt your life, then you don’t suffer from that disorder. Meaning you have a behavioral condition ONLY if the symptoms take up a lot of time, and interfere with your daily routine, job, or relationships.
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