General Anxiety: Do You Recognize These Signs and Symptoms?

Posted by Counseling Wise on August 12, 2019

Everyone feels anxious at times. Between busy schedules, an abundance of technology, and maintaining your career and relationships, it’s impossible to avoid stress completely.

But, it’s important to know when those anxious feelings start to cross a line. Continued feelings of anxiety can start to disrupt your life daily and make even the most everyday tasks feel impossible.

Generalized anxiety disorder is a serious mental health issue for a lot of people. The symptoms can feel paralyzing. 

Sometimes treatment solutions can take a long time, especially if you’ve been struggling with anxiety for a while. Thankfully, general anxiety is usually manageable. With professional help and some lifestyle changes, you can get your anxiety under control.

 What Are the Common Symptoms of Anxiety?

Knowing the signs of general anxiety will allow you to seek out help sooner. If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them. When someone suffers from anxiety, it doesn’t go away on its own. In fact, it will often become worse. This can lead to other disorders like depression, panic attacks, etc.

Symptoms present themselves both physically and emotionally. Some of the most common signs of anxiety include:

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Muscle tension

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Consistent and persistent worry

  • Inability to move past a worry or concern

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Feeling threatened by uncertain situations

These symptoms can become all-consuming at times. It can be hard to get rid of them. People who experience general anxiety often feel anxious even when there isn’t a reason to. This causes a lot of internal tension and stress, and harm your daily life.

This disorder can lead to a lot of lasting physical complications, including heart problems, chronic pain, and digestive issues. Aside from the state of your mental health, it’s important to get help with your anxiety so you can live without pain and discomfort.

What Causes Anxiety?

Almost anyone can experience general anxiety. But, some people have certain risk factors that may make them more susceptible to it. Sometimes, it’s nothing more than different brain chemistry or genetics.

In some cases, different life experiences can increase your risk of developing anxiety. Have you gone through a major life change or traumatic event? You might start to develop some of these symptoms. This can happen even if you’ve never had anxiety before.

Finding Treatment for Anxiety

The first step in getting the help you need to manage anxiety is to receive an official diagnosis. A mental health professional or your doctor can usually determine what you’re facing based on your symptoms.

Treatment usually depends on how anxiety is affecting you. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most common treatment solutions. It helps you get to the root of your anxiety. From there, you’ll learn how to manage your symptoms. That will help you to embrace the skills you need to take control of your life once again.

Taking care of yourself and making healthy lifestyle choices can also help to manage your symptoms when you’re in therapy. Make your health a priority, and it will be easier to follow the suggestions given by your therapist.

If you’re struggling with general anxiety or you regularly experience the symptoms listed here, don’t wait to seek out help. Again, anxiety won’t go away on its own. With time, it will continue to get worse and feel more paralyzing.

If you would like more information on anxiety, please visit my Anxiety Counseling page.

I am here to partner with you to transform your life. If you are ready to partner with me to transform your life, please contact me to set up a free 30- minute phone consultation.

About the Therapist

Gay A. Hunter, M.Div., LPC-S, is a licensed professional counselor who graduated from Brite Divinity School at TCU. She is committed to partner with you to transform your life. She owns a private practice in Fort Worth, TX. She specializes in online therapy. She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. To find out more about Gay click here

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