What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety is a physiological, behavioural and psychological response. It originates in the brain and  affects your whole being.

Physiological (bodily) symptoms of severe anxiety may include:

Rapid or irregular heart beat

Muscle tension


Churning stomach

Dry mouth

Tightness in the chest


Trembling or shaking

Feeling faint

Blurred vision

Rapid, shallow breathing

Dizziness, light-headedness, unsteadiness

Shortness of breath

A feeling of choking



Feeling of being out of touch with oneself

Hot flashes or chills


Psychologically, anxiety is a state of apprehension about the future and unease. Severe anxiety may involve a fear that one is losing control or going crazy or even dying.

On a behavioural level anxiety may involve excessive worry and take away your ability to act, express yourself or deal with day to day situations.

“An anxiety disorder is when worry or fear get out of control and start interfering with your life.”    (

One way of dealing with anxiety is through the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques. Learning how to counter negative “self-talk” and mistaken beliefs, regularly employing relaxation techniques, and exercising regularly may also help.


Bourne, E.J. (2010). The anxiety and phobia workbook (5th ed.). Oakland CA: New Harbinger Publications.


As part of your management of anxiety you may find attending Vivienne’s Anxiety Support Group at Castle Hill or Wahroonga helpful. Call Vivienne…
Mob  0478 783 506
Tel    9943 2400

To learn more about symptoms of anxiety and anxiety disorders see:

Note that if you want a diagnosis for your particular set of symptoms then it is best that you consult a medical practitioner.