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Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

What anxiety can mean

The anxiety can affect your body physically, can give you negative thoughts and affect your behaviour.

Each of these can have an impact on the other.

Negative thoughts/sensations:

  • I must be in danger
  • They will all laugh at me
  • I am going to die
  • They are all talking about me
  • Feeling frightened
  • Feeling nervous
  • Fearing the worst
  • Down or depressed
  • Difficulties sleeping and eating
  • Unable to concentrate on things
  • Tired and irritable.

 Physically you might feel:

  • Fast breathing
  • Racing of your heart
  • Dry mouth
  • Trembling
  • Faintness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Needing to go to the toilet more often
  • Tense muscles
  • Being sick
  • Panic attacks

Examples of behaviour:

  • Avoiding the situation
  • Isolating yourself
  • Using risky behaviours to cope with the stress i.e smoking/drinking/taking drugs
  • Compulsive behaviours i.e checking things frequently, always doing things in the same order.
  • Fear of being separated from those close to you

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