The word anxiety is sometimes used interchangeably with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) which is a condition that needs proper diagnosis and treatment. Anxiety symptoms and signs are important to detect and identify so you can control and arrest them before they escalate and get out of hand.
Mild anxiety is not thought of as problematic; in fact, it can help a person deal with a demanding or stressful situation. However, excessive anxiety is a disorder and anxiety symptoms and signs could be emotional, cognitive, behavioral, somatic and physical or physiological as well.
Physical anxiety symptoms and signs
Anxiety could actually produce real and physical symptoms. There could be increased muscle tension; a palpable tenseness in the body stance and the stance of the arms, legs and neck, shoulders and so on.
The muscle tension can lead to headaches as well.
There can also be sweating, often profuse when the person feels the anxiety coming on and the hands can turn cold and clammy.
Anxiety can also cause trembling and twitching; extreme anxiety may make a person feel dizzy and lightheaded.
A person can actually feel physically sick with anxiety; the anxiety can induce a stomach churning type of nausea. The person may also have the urge to go to the bathroom.
Even chest palpitations or chest pain could occur. Some people could even have a choking sensation or have trouble breathing normally.
Tiredness is another physical symptom and there may be trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. And the effects of the anxiety can be such that a person may awaken unrefreshed even after sleeping.
Emotional anxiety symptoms and signs
Firstly there could be that feeling of dread or overwhelming panic when a person feels quite out of control. A person may feel as though they’re going crazy and may have a feeling as though they were going to pass out.
There is that feeling of being on edge and being irritable. Extreme mood swings are also a common symptom.
Anxiety can cause cognitive impairment. A person may have difficulty remembering things and may find it difficult to concentrate; thereby having a negative impact on productivity and cognitive ability.
In some cases, there could be an almost reverse reaction: here the anxiety symptoms and signs could include detachment of a feeling of unreality.