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Signs of Anxiety

Anxious thoughts and feeling and anxious behaviour are outlined below. These might not be present all the time, and this list should not be used to diagnose yourself or someone else. If you think you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder see your Doctor.

Anxious thoughts and feelings

  • Worrying about everyday situations and activities
  • Feeling exhausted and drained from constant worrying
  • Feeling that something bad is going to happen to you or someone else you care about
  • Feeling tense or on edge a lot
  • Worrying about doing something in public that will be embarrassing or humiliating
  • Experiencing intense fear that occurs without any warning and for no cause
  • Unwanted thoughts that cannot be stopped
  • Finding it really hard to concentrate on what you’re doing.
  • Getting irritated easily
  • Experiencing intense flashbacks and reliving bad experiences
  • Feeling depressed and hopeless
  • A very strong fear of something such as heights, spiders, bridges and it gets in the way of what you want to do

Anxious behaviour:

  • Getting easily tired and overwhelmed
  • Having nightmares
  • Having problems sleeping – either falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Feeling restless and unable to sit still for long
  • Being tense much of the time or easily startled
  • Experience trembling, sweating or dizziness, heart pounding, shortness of breath and light-headedness for no apparent reason
  • Avoiding social activities such as parties or school events

Do you experience any of these signs and symptoms on a regular basis? Take the Anxiety self check and find out more.


Getting Help

Seek help right away if you are experiencing the following:

  • Have suicidal thoughts or behaviors or thoughts of harming others – seek emergency help immediately

  • Have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns along with anxiety

  • Think your anxiety could be linked to a physical health problem

  • Are experiencing prolonged trouble sleeping

  • Normal stresses of life do not explain the symptoms