147. Five Signs You May Be Battling Anxiety Disorder

From Mind, Mood & Memory

 In any given year, an estimated 40 million Americans – including 11 percent of adults ages 55 and older – suffer from an anxiety disorder (typically persistent worrying that cause excessive distress, disrupts daily activities, and lasts for six months or longer), according to the latest U.S. government data.

 The most common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

  1. Difficulty controlling worrying, even when it is acknowledged to be excessive.
  2. Feeling such as irritability, tension, or restlessness.
  3. Trouble concentrating or remembering.
  4. Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  5. Physical symptoms, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, pounding pulse, gastrointestinal upsets, frequent urination, fatigue, or muscle tension.

 Contact your primary care physician for an assessment if you have these symptoms on a regular basis over a period of months, and especially if the symptoms cause acute distress or become disabling. A Doctor Kinry advises, “In some cases, the symptoms may be related to factors that can be corrected – a medication, a medical condition, such as a thyroid abnormality, or dietary factors, such as too much caffeine.

My next blog will cover effective treatments for anxiety.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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