When Is Anxiety a Problem?

By: Jenna Savage

Back in June, we reported that anxiety isn’t always bad. In fact, for some people, anxiety serves as a motivating factor that helps them perform their best. Some people even attribute anxiety as the reason they strive for achievement. However, for others, anxiety is unhelpful. In fact, in extreme cases, it can become persistent, interrupt daily activities, and even go so far as to negatively affect productivity.

It’s not always easy to tell the difference between “good” anxiety and “bad” anxiety, and as it is possible for a person to have both, sometimes it’s difficult to determine if you should ask for help. With this in mind, a Fox News article explores the symptoms that you may experience if your anxiety is getting out of hand.

The first symptom is excessive worry. People who worry about relatively minor, everyday things on a frequent basis may have a condition known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). These individuals typically find that their lives are disrupted by persistent worrying and may also suffer from fatigue and stress.

Another sign that you may be suffering from an anxiety condition is insomnia or other sleep problems. If you struggle with falling asleep or find that you cannot stay asleep, then you may be suffering from too much anxiety – especially if you stay awake fretting or feeling agitated.

Physical symptoms are another indicator of an anxiety problem. Many anxiety sufferers find that they have muscle tension. Some go so far as unconsciously clenching their jaws or engaging in other muscle flexing habits. Other people who have anxiety may find that they have digestive problems, like irritable bowel syndrome. These aren’t the only examples of physical symptoms. Stress and anxiety can manifest themselves in other ways as well, such as in the form of headaches or body aches.

Excessive self-consciousness is another sign that you may have an anxiety condition. While everyone experiences self-conscious feelings from time to time, people with excessive anxiety can find themselves struggling with social situations, such as interpersonal conversations or small gatherings. Self-consciousness can also manifest in the form of stage fright. People with these symptoms may find it is difficult to overcome their fear of interacting with others or performing in front of a group.

If you find that you have any of the symptoms outlined in this article, or if you suffer from anxiety on a regular basis, you may want to have a talk with your doctor. Anxiety conditions can be treated with therapy, medication, and changes in lifestyle habits. Your doctor will be able to help you determine the best treatment for your individual case. In the meanwhile, consider eating a good diet and exercising. While those habits may not get rid of all of your anxiety, they can help.