Anxiety can be very useful. It creates alertness and a sense of carefulness. Low level fear and anxiety attacks are normal in response various life’s stimuli. But when are these attacks a sign of too much?
Under normal conditions, it should subside soon after you are no longer in the situation that caused it. However, if your anxiety does not go away, or it gets worse, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Here are a couple of signs and symptoms that are indicative that your anxiety attacks might be due to an anxiety disorder:
- have nightmares
- tightness in your chest
- do you check & recheck your actions
- does fear & anxiety creep in for no apparent reason
- in a constant state of worry about everyday happenings
Any one of symptoms may indicate you are suffering from one of the following anxiety disorders:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder ~ excessive anxiety/worry that last for at least six months accompanied by other physical and behavioral problems
- Panic Disorder ~ sudden, uncontrollable attack of terror accompanied by heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and out of control/terribly frightening feeling
- Social Phobia ~ a persistent fear of one or more situations in which you are exposed to possible scrutiny of others
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ~ repeated, intrusive and unwanted thoughts that cause anxiety that is often accompanied by ritualized behavior for relieving this anxiety
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder ~ nightmares, flashbacks and/or unprovoked anger after experiencing a distressing or traumatic event
Whether you are suffering with anxiety attacks due to a disorder versus just normal anxiety everyone experiences is sometimes difficult to pin down. So if you are in doubt, have it checked out.