Signs and symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety, in small doses, does not harm us. In fact, it helps us to stay alert and focused and to deal with challenging situations. However, anxiety should only last while it is needed. If it becomes excessive and impacts your daily functioning, it may mean that you are experiencing an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are not one-dimensional, but instead vary from person to person. One person might get panicky at the thought of stepping into an elevator or speaking with strangers, while another may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without apparent reason.
Even though the face of anxiety varies, the common denominator is always the same: having constant fear or worry in situations that most other people would experience as problem-free.
Emotional symptoms of anxiety
In addition to a constant feeling of worry and fear, these are common emotional symptoms:
Physical symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety is a part of our body’s natural and essential alarm systems and plays an important role when you need to quickly gather strength to escape from danger. Anxiety activates several defense reactions that enhance responsiveness in your body. The muscles are tightened, the heart starts beating faster and you breathe more intensely. This is partly due to an increased amount of adrenaline and other stress hormones that are released into your blood.
When suffering from anxiety, it is common that you experience all or some of these physical symptoms:
Further reading: Overcome your anxiety with online therapy.
This anxiety test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.
If you are feeling suicidal
If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in immediate crisis, please contact your national emergency number or go to Befrienders Worldwide that offers crisis resources worldwide.