Seven subtle signs of anxiety.

Posted on May 12, 2016

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1. Disappearing

Anxiety can make people feel they want to escape or run away. Those experiencing anxiety may find it hard to continue doing the things they used to do, such as avoiding public transport or only going to deserted places to avoid contact with others. They may also make excuses to avoid social occasions.

2. Change of eating habits

People experiencing anxiety may start eating more or a lot less — it takes people in different ways. The important thing is the change. Some people who are anxious eat less because they don’t feel hungry or feel too sick to eat or find it hard to keep food down, while others may use food as a distraction from their worries.

3. Physical symptoms

While we tend to think of anxiety as being something that is primarily mental, it actually has many physical manifestations. The physical symptoms of anxiety can be extremely varied. For example, someone experiencing anxiety may complain of headaches or stomach pain, while some experience a dry mouth and throat, others feel nauseous, others still might grind their teeth or have the urge to urinate constantly.

4. Difficulty focusing

Constant worrying makes it hard to focus. People describe being a fog, or feeling dizzy or experiencing giddiness. Anxious thoughts can easily distract from the task at hand. It can make doing your job or even carrying out regular household chores much more challenging.

5. Poor sleep

Worries can keep people experiencing anxiety awake at night because they are exhausting. Some say it is similar to drinking a double espresso and getting straight into bed.
With all that stimulation running around mind and body, it is difficult to drop off.

6. Change in appearance

Like weight, the appearance of people experiencing anxiety can go either way. Some might start to lose interest in maintaining their physical appearance, for example their clothes may go unwashed or ironed, hair unkempt and personal hygiene can suffer.
Alternatively, anxious people can become even more obsessed with their appearance.
Those with anxiety are often perfectionists and their appearance is no different.

7. Need for excessive reassurance

Anxiety is frequently linked to difficulties making decisions or the avoidance of decisions. Someone who is unusually anxious may request a lot of reassurance or help with their decisions. The thing to look for is a change in a person’s normal tendencies.


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