The symptoms of anxiety are very easy to spot, but unfortunately, there are also very easy to ignore, even for experts and professionals. The core of the problem lies in how hard it is for anyone, even a mental health professional, to discern the symptoms of anxiety from the usual signs that someone is afraid or nervous.
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Anxiety is a widely recognized problem, with millions suffering from the potentially debilitating condition every year. There are millions more that are becoming victims to this problem. The situation has gotten to the point where modern medicine has come to recognize it as being among the most widespread mental health conditions in the world, ranked roughly alongside problems such as depression and stress. This particular problem is something that most people are aware of, but there is a problem. As with any other condition that becomes a major concern, there are a lot of people that know about it, but there are not a whole lot that fully understand the range of the symptoms of anxiety.
The symptoms of anxiety can range from being mild and innocuous, to severe and debilitating. Most people simply associate anxiety with fear and nervousness. While both are aspects of the problem, they are not the only details that can show that someone is experiencing or suffering from the condition. The sad reality is the average Joe fails to realize that anxiety can also manifest physical symptoms and that these symptoms are frighteningly easy to ignore, especially for the casual observer. The symptoms of anxiety, physical or otherwise, that are obvious are usually the type that manifest only once the problem is a major concern and not during the early stages, where anxiety is easiest to treat.
The major physical symptoms of anxiety include can include something relatively innocent, such as blushing or flushing of the face. This ties in with the emotional games that the condition can play on a person, though an increased heart rate and mild palpitations are also possible. Some people have reported a fierce choking sensation during anxiety attacks, while others reported dizziness, mild nausea, and feeling as if they were about to faint. These signs are all extant in anxiety, but most people are likely to disregard these signs as natural components of being scared or nervous, thus causing them to be ignored until it is too late.
Feelings of fear and nervousness are amplified and worsened by anxiety. For some, the problem presents itself as a constant that needs to continually be fought. In most cases, though, the problem is firmly rooted in the specific situations that the victim finds himself in. Occasions that cause fear or nervousness, along with the usual signs, can be magnified to a higher level by the condition, making it nearly impossible to discern the symptoms of anxiety from the usual ways a person reacts to fear. An increase in the usual levels of a person’s self-awareness is also fairly common for people who suffer from anxiety, such that they might seem overly self-conscious to the casual observer.
Much like depression, anxiety is one of those problems that often ends up being ignored or overlooked. The fact is that most people find it difficult to discern between natural reaction to fear and the level that is caused by anxiety. In truth, most experts also find it difficult to discern between the two without some sort of formal, structured test designed to detect the subtle nuances between the two.