SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY
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
Tightness in the chest
Trembling or shaking
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.” (au.reachout.com/all-about-anxiety-disorders)
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.
ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP
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.