There are different types of anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and many others. However, these different classifications of anxiety disorder all exhibit common physical effects and emotional symptoms.
Irrational and excessive fear or worry is the trademark of all anxiety disorders. In addition, there are other emotional symptoms that are experienced frequently by most sufferers:
1. Anticipating the worst. Most people suffering from an anxiety disorder are always preparing for the worst, and expect negative things to happen. This can perpetuate a cycle of negative thinking, and may lead to depression, more anxiety and other problems.
2. Always restless and agitated. A person with anxiety disorder always feels uncomfortable generally or in specific situations. Some may even find it hard to relax at home in extreme situations.
3. Under constant tension. People with anxiety disorder might feel they are "jumpy" on a regular basis. The United States National Mental Health Information Center at mentalhealth.samhsa.gov states that people with anxiety disorders may be "trapped in a pattern of repeated thoughts and behaviors such as counting or hand washing" to relieve tension.
4. Looking out for danger. People who are under constant tension may become pre-occupied with dangerous situations and events. They would consciously be on the lookout for danger signs in everything they do.
5. Difficulty concentrating. When most of the day is spent being preoccupied with worry, anxiety and fear, people with anxiety disorders can find it very difficult to stay focused and concentrate. They may have difficulty sitting in one place for long periods of time to perform tasks at a job, complete schoolwork, or finish a project. Symptoms may be recognized as ADD or ADHD, but in many cases, the root cause is an anxiety disorder.
6. Irritable. People with anxiety disorder are mostly irritable since they do not get enough rest and relaxation. They may be overly sensitive in a course of a day specially if there is a change in their routine. This can be remedied by a better handling of stress and taking the time to develop a relaxation habit.
The emotional impact of anxiety disorders can negatively affect people's life, jobs, and relationships. Identifying these symptoms is just the first step in finding the most appropriate treatment for a person suffering from an anxiety disorder.
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