According to the Anxiety Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older.
So, how can you tell if you are one of the 40 million suffering from an anxiety disorder?
Anxiety comes in many different forms, such as a phobia, social anxiety or a panic attack. The distinction between an official diagnosis and “normal” anxiety isn’t always clear. Anxiety may start in the mind, but it can manifest itself in the body through physical symptoms.
Signs you may be suffering from anxiety disorder:
1. Excessive worrying – Stressing too much about everyday things, large and small, enough that it interferes with daily life.
2. Problems sleeping – If you chronically find yourself lying awake, worried or agitated about specific problems or nothing, in particular, and you’re unable to calm yourself down.
3. Muscle Tension – Whether it consists of clenching your jaw, balling your fists, or flexing muscles throughout your body, these physical symptoms often signal anxiety disorder.
4. Chronic Indigestion – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition characterized by stomach aches, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrhea.
5. Stage Freight – Fear of addressing a group of people or being in the spotlight, and no amount of coaching or practice will alleviate it.
Also, there are other signs, such as social anxiety, flashbacks to traumatic times, extreme self-doubt, compulsive behavior, and panic attacks.
If you suffer from any number of these mental health issues you should consult a physician.