It is quite normal to have some stress and anxiety in everyday life. But people worry about different things and to different extents.
Having some anxiety does not necessarily mean that you have a problem. That said, if your anxiety level is producing uncomfortable feelings that are affecting your physical and/or emotional wellbeing, diagnosis and treatment should be sought.
Symptoms of Anxiety: A Quick Self-Diagnosis
Do you feel that you worry too much? Do things affect you more than they do others? Is your level of worry rational or irrational?
Do you often find yourself breathing faster or deeper than necessary, bringing about lightheadedness and other undesirable symptoms?
Are you able to handle social and work situations comfortably, without worry?
Do you often feel dizzy or unbalanced?
Do you suffer from regular headaches, particularly of the stress or tension types?
Tiredness and fatigue:
Is your sleep not leaving you feeling refreshed? Do you often feel tired and suffer from fatigue? Do you have problems getting to sleep or staying asleep?
Do you regularly have diarrhea without good reason?
Do you make frequent visits to the toilet for waterworks?
Are you “Jumpy”? Do you find it hard to relax? Are you easily startled?
Do you often feel shaky? or have hot flushes?
IF YOU FIND YOU ARE ABLE TO RELATE TO 2 OR MORE OF THESE SYMPTOMS YOU ARE PROBABLY SUFFERING FROM ANXIETY
You may also have any of a multitude of less common symptoms. In many cases, anxiety sufferers also have other problems such as depression, other anxiety illnesses (obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or social anxiety disorder) and these difficulties can lead to alcohol or drug misuse.
If you are certain that you have anxiety, now is the time to act and do something about it.