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What are the Top 9 Symptoms of Anxiety?


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List of Top 9 Common Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety is a disproportionate feeling of unease, worry or fear.

It is one of the most common mental health concerns in the modern world.

On this page, our anxiety treatment specialist has provided you with a list of common anxiety symptoms.

This list of anxiety symptoms can also relate to social anxiety and general anxiety disorder (GAD).

Any feedback, comments or questions are welcome.

It is a simple fact of life that, sometimes, people need help to deal with symptoms of anxiety.

We can provide online or face-to-face counselling for anxiety near Surrey, Sussex, Kent and London to help you overcome moments of anxiety.

So, what are the common symptoms of anxiety?

Top Symptoms of Anxiety - Anxiety Symptoms Video

1) Feeling Nervous or Worried with Anxiety

Your brain has decided that something is happening that it wants you to be anxious about, so it is putting you on high alert.

You may not always know what your brain is anxious about or why, but it will a triggered a pattern match for anxiety.

Sometimes, you will find that it is hard to think about other things, as your brain keeps pulling your attention back to a concern.

2) Increased Heart Rate with Anxiety

As that anxiety pattern match puts you on high alert, it is engaging your primal fight-flight-freeze response.

Your body is pumping more oxygen to your muscles, so you are physically more ready to take action.

The feeling of your increased heart rate may even create feelings of unease.

3) Faster Breathing with Anxiety

Anxious breathing is often faster and happens higher up in your chest. It is also preparing you for action.

This can lead to hyperventilation, as all that oxygen builds up in the body.

In fact, you can even see what it feels like to have an anxiety attack by simply breathing high and fast. But sit down first and stop after a minute!

4) Difficulty Catching Your Breath with Anxiety

While it may feel like you can't breath with anxiety, it is often because you have too much oxygen in your body rather than not enough.

Your body is trying to stop you from breathing so fast, so that it can regulate oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.

Focusing on low (from the bottom of your lungs) and slow (longer out than in) can help to reduce the feeling.

5) Trembling with Anxiety

Your body has also injected your body with lots of stress hormones, as well as all that extra oxygen.

They are all natural chemicals to help you fight or run from that percieved threat.

That's great if you were facing a tiger, millions of years ago. It's not so great for stressful situations at home, in public, at the shops, or at work.

6) Sweating with Anxiety

That physical response expects your core temperature to increase, as it expects you to run or fight.

To control your temperature, it will increase sweating.

For many people, they find they are sweating more in a situation but don't know why.

It's often that the brain has triggered an anxiety pattern match, which may not make sense to your conscious mind, but it has still created a physiological reaction.

At, we have techniques that work with the subconscious mind, to help alter those primal anxiety pattern matches.

7) IBS with Anxiety

If you're about to fight or run, your body knows that you don't need a full stomach, so might create feelings of irritable bowel syndrome.

This is often particularly noticable if you find you keep needing the toilet, or getting stomach pains, when doing particular things, going to particular places or seeing particular people.

Again, you might not be consciously aware of the anxiety pattern match, but the primal parts of your brain will be preparing you for action.

8) Sleep Difficulties and Insomnia with Anxiety

Of course, with all these anxious things going in your brain, relaxing into sleep is going to be more difficult.

You might find it difficult getting to sleep or difficult staying asleep.

You may also wake up feeling very alert or very tired.

The brain uses sleep to process and decharge emotional arousal, so it will be battling with your problems from the day, at night.

By releasing the anxiety pattern matches, your brain will no longer suffer from the same emotional arousal, and so it can simply become easier to sleep.

9) Overwhelm and Brain Fog with Anxiety

With all those anxiety symptoms being triggered, the chemicals and hormones can start to limit your logical and strategic thinking.

You may have feelings of being overwhelmed and struggle to think.

People sometimes refer to this anxiety symptom as brain fog.

Your body knows that you don't have to be thinking lots about logical problems when fighting or running.

However, as the anxiety calms down, you will be able to think more easily again.

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