Common Signs of Anxiety

Physical signs of anxiety may include:

  • abdominal discomfort
  • diarrhea/nausea
  • dry mouth
  • rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • tightness or pain in chest
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • frequent urination
  • difficulty swallowing
  • trembling, numbness
  • feeling light-headed
  • chills or hot flashes
  • tight-throat or choking sensation

Psychological signs of anxiety may include:

  • insomnia
  • irritability or anger
  • decreased concentration
  • feeling unreal or not in control
  • worry
  • dread
  • racing thoughts
Common Signs of Anxiety

Behavioral signs of anxiety may include:

  • avoiding anxiety triggers
  • asking for reassurance
  • taking “safe people” along when you go out
  • scanning for “danger”
  • carrying “safety” objects
  • tensing muscles
  • performing rituals/compulsions

Types of anxiety thoughts may include:

  • Danger, danger, danger!!!
  • I can’t handle this!
  • I will collapse!
  • I will lose control or lose my mind!
  • I will become ill!
  • I will be harmed!
  • I am trapped—this will never get better!