10 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

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anxious woman in cornerWe all experience feelings of stress and anxiety every now and then.

In fact, it is extremely normal to feel anxious before events that are important to us such as an interview, delivering a public lecture, first day at work, or the wedding day.

However, you know something is wrong when your anxiety grows to a level where it starts to interfere with your day to day life.

Sure there are ways to tell when this normal feeling turns into a mental disorder. But it isn’t always easy to spot the signs of anxiety disorder.

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways like panic attacks, phobias, and social anxiety. Unfortunately, the difference between a medical diagnosis and normal anxiety isn’t always clear.

There are 6 major types of anxiety disorders

1. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

People with GAD are chronic worriers. They feel anxious all the time without knowing why and persistently feel that something bad is going to happen. Symptoms of GAD include insomnia, stomach upset, restlessness, and fatigue. 

2. Anxiety attacks or panic disorder

People who go through panic attacks experience a sudden bout of overwhelming anxiety and fear. If left untreated panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other problems. Symptoms include hyperventilating, sweating, trembling or shaking, fear of dying, losing control, or feeling like you’re going crazy.

3. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

People with OCD may be too preoccupied with obsessive thoughts and behaviors like forgetting to turn off the gas stove or even hurting someone. They may also suffer from uncontrollable and unexplained compulsions, such as repeatedly washing their hands.

washing hands

4. Phobia

A phobia is an unexplained and exaggerated fear of specific things, activities or situations that may not have any real bearing on the person experiencing it. Common phobias include fear of heights, closed spaces, animals, flying and so on.

5. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This can happen to people who have undergone a traumatic or frightening experience like a physical or sexual attack, major financial loss, unexpected death of a loved one, etc. People suffering from PTSD generally have scary thoughts and memories of that incident/event and tend to be emotionally numb.

6. Social anxiety disorder

This disorder leads to extreme discomfort to a person while being in everyday social situations. This is usually brought on by a fear of being judged, embarrassed or ridiculed in public by others.

Here are the 10 common signs of anxiety disorders

1. You Worry Way Too Much

Have you been constantly worrying for weeks or months on end, sometimes without even fully knowing the cause of it? If worrying has been hampering your normal routine and leaving you fatigued, chances are you suffer from an anxiety disorder. Another concern is that excessive worrying may get you hooked onto cigarettes, which are harmful for you. Avoid that, or get an e-cigarette which is a safer alternative as it doesn’t emit smoke, but only vapor.

man with head in hands

2. You Always Have Trouble Sleeping

Do you perpetually have trouble falling asleep? Even if you do manage to fall asleep, do you have to make an effort to stay asleep? Sure, you’re going to toss and turn with excitement in your bed before your big presentation at work, but if it happens regularly without any particular reason, it might be a sign of an anxiety disorder.

3. Your Fears Are Unexplained

If you experience overwhelming and irrational fear of certain things, situations or animals which may not pose the slightest of risk to you in reality, then you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder. The person may not even be aware of such phobia until he actually confronts a specific situation and realizes that he may be unable to overcome the fear.

4. You Always Have Nausea/Stomach Cramps

Your gut is very sensitive to mental stress and vice versa. Your mental conditions may manifest themselves through your body, like affecting your digestive track and resulting in stomach aches, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, bloating and gas. These symptoms can occur without anxiety disorders too, but when they occur together, it can make things unbearable.

woman w hand on stomach

5. You’re Constantly Nervous

Do you find yourself feeling constantly jittery over nothing in particular? If the butterflies in your stomach always accompany you no matter where you go or what you do, then it can’t be good for you, neither emotionally or physiologically. You need to see a doctor for sure.

6. You Feel Extreme and Constant Self-Consciousness

If you feel like you’re the center of attention for all the wrong reasons at social do’s , you know something is not right – with you! Call your doctor and make an appointment.

7. You Flashback to a Particular Event

Does a particular bad memory keep running through your mind all the time, thereby affecting the way you function on an everyday basis? It could be anything from a traumatic event, to the loss of a loved one or anything that has impacted your life in a big way. If the answer to this is “yes”, then you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

8. You’re Obsessed with Perfection

If you incessantly worry about making mistakes or falling short of the highest standards of doing something, and get highly upset at what you consider “mediocre,” then you probably have an anxiety disorder.

vintage man w rope around neck

9. You Always Experience Muscle Tension/Stiffness

Do you often find yourself persistently clenching your fists, gritting your jaw or flexing your body muscles as a reaction to coming face to face with certain people or situations? If yes, you need to see a mental health expert.

10. You’re Extremely Prone to Negative Thinking

People with an anxiety disorder have the tendency to automatically anticipate a negative outcome to everything. Whether it is related to their personal or professional life, their health, concern for a loved one, financial matter, and so on, the outlook towards it is invariably a negative one.


If you’re experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms on a regular basis, then you might want to consult your doctor or mental health professional as soon as possible. Timely treatment can go a long way in helping bring these symptoms under control and allowing you to lead a normal healthy life.

Author bio

Lindsay Fox is freelance writer and blogger and she writes for EcigaretteReviewed. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband and three young children.

Please note: The writer of this post is not a trained mental health professional. This post is for information only and is not intended to be a substitute for the health care of your personal physician or mental health professional.
13 comments… add one
tracy June 5, 2014, 2:21 am

I think the 10 points mentioned in this page is right. The anxiety disorders patients have these symptoms in their routine. The most visible symptom of the anxiety is the trouble in sleeping. These kind of information will helps in finding the symptoms and helps in removing the problem.

Rachel August 31, 2015, 7:34 pm

I just recently found out that I had anxiety and have had it for awhile. I wish someone had shown me this list a lot earlier. Hopefully I can help someone else.

Jemma September 20, 2015, 1:58 pm

I am always nervours and worriedat the moment and brain is going In circles. I’ve always worried about things but can’t control it anymore. Om also really emotional which is unlike me.
Please help

Kyle Rinker May 19, 2016, 11:14 pm

Great article. As a hospice nurse, I deal with anxiety a lot. Your last paragraph is on point–it’s always important to consult a physician or medical practitioner. There is no shame in being treated for anxiety and I wish more people would opt for treatment.

rượu vang pháp May 27, 2016, 12:06 am

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Tifany June 3, 2016, 11:15 pm

Great article and provide more information quite useful

khach san tai da nang June 3, 2016, 11:19 pm

Great article. As a hospice nurse, I deal with anxiety a lot.

Nick June 22, 2016, 1:45 pm

I am learning more and more about Anxiety disorder and writing this to my blog fallinsense.com
I will definitely come back here to read more about human problems.

Dustin Johnson, LPC July 22, 2016, 7:16 pm

You break down anxiety and symptoms in a straightforward way. In my counseling practice, I find that people often don’t realize how anxious they are until they have a moment of freedom from it. Thanks for the article.

Janice October 22, 2016, 9:41 pm

I have suffered with anxiety and depression for a long time
But I got on an anti depressant and it has helped me tremendously. Also I reached out and received spiritual help. It has made a the difference in my life.

hoa tuoi dep May 9, 2017, 1:45 am

I find that people often don’t realize how anxious they are until they have a moment of freedom from it. Thanks

crimson September 30, 2017, 11:59 am

i’ve been experiencing small panic attacks more often lately, i think. my heart is racing and beats loudly for no absolute reason and i feel nauseated. i thought i just a have a physical illness or something. i’m even having anxiety while reading this site and i don’t know why. i get nervous when i hear someone cough inside my own house. i thought i only have depression and now i have anxiety, too.

Jakes Pietro December 10, 2018, 8:06 am

Great Post! Meditation is also helpful to overcome stress. It will help you to change your negative thought to the positive one.

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