1. Physical Symptoms
The physical symptoms of anxiety may include upset stomach, excessive sweating, headache, rapid heartbeat, and trouble breathing. If you get a stomach ache every time someone invite you out to a social event; you sweat through your shirt whenever you leave the house, even in the middle of winter; or you feel like your heart is beating so fast it might burst when talking to a stranger on the phone, you may be unhealthily anxious. If your body regularly reacts to everyday stressors the way a cavemen would if a lion chased him, your anxiety is no longer healthy.
2. Cognitive Symptoms
Memory issues, trouble concentrating, and insomnia are also symptoms of an anxiety problem. If you can't fall asleep, or you wake up repeatedly throughout the night, because you can't stop thinking about things that will stress you out, anxiousness is ruling over you. The same goes for it if you can't focus on work, or sit through a movie, or read a book, or if you seem to be continually forgetting things that happened recently. When you're severely anxious about something, even if the thing is "irrational", it can be hard to function normally.
3. Procrastination & Avoidance
Whether its procrastinating about the thing that triggers your anxiety - like putting off an errand or not reading an important email until 'you're ready to deal with it'- or avoiding doing just about everything, excessive procrastination and avoidance are two signs of an anxiety issue. We all put off starting unpleasant or difficult tasks sometimes, but when you spend more time avoiding them than doing them, it may be time to seek outside help.
4. Overthinking & Constant Worrying
If worrying keeps you from functioning or your overthinking so much you can't focus on important work or sleep at night, you may have an anxiety problem. Your mind races, you loose track of your surroundings, and you're so caught up in a storm of stressful thoughts that you miss your freeway exit. Anxiety tips over from healthy to unhealthy when it disrupts your life. If a recent health diagnosis has you worried, that's totally normal. If you're afraid that you're dying every time you sneeze, that's not.
5. Feeling Agitated & Restless
If you feel on edge, can't stop moving, and you're quick to anger, you may be anxious. Anger can be a way to shield you from stressful thoughts. By raging at someone else, you can blame your anxious feelings on an outside force. And if you're always moving, you don't have time to ruminate on anxious thoughts. But neither response is helpful or healthy in the long term. When you feel agitated and restless more often than not, when you can't stop moving and get easily annoyed or are prone to snap at people, you may have a serious problem with anxiety.
6. Panic Attacks
Often times people mistake a panic attack for a heart attack. Tightness in your chest, rapid heart beat, sweating and shaking, shortness of breath, and upset stomach can easily be mistaken for a heart attack. It's important to know the symptoms of a heart attack so that you don't dismiss one by thinking it is a panic attack or do the opposite and call 911 when you should call a psychologist. Frequent panic attacks are a sign you might have a panic disorder. To differentiate between healthy and unhealthy anxiety, ask yourself: Is this manageable? If your anxiety keeps you from sleeping, working, social interactions, or errands, you might want to talk to a therapist about that. If you feel anxious more than half of the week for six months or longer, it's probably time to get help.