Some amount of anxiety can be a normal and often healthy emotion characterized by feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease. It normally arises in situations that feature an important event or an uncertain outcome. However, when a person regularly experiences a high level of anxiety that does not seem to go away, it might be due to an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders form a category of mental health diagnoses that feature excessive amounts of nervousness, apprehension, and/or worry. These disorders can alter emotions and behavior, at times even causing physical symptoms. Anxiety disorders exist on a spectrum of severity that may range from a mild discomfort to a more severe disorder that may be greatly affecting an individual’s day-to-day life due to interference with activities such as job performance, schoolwork, sleep, and/or relationships.
Psychological symptoms of anxiety may include:
– Frequent intrusive and unintentional negative thoughts or worries
– Inner feeling of apprehension, dread, or unease
– Feeling tense, jumpy, or on edge
– Restlessness or irritability
Physical manifestations of anxiety may include:
– Pounding or racing heart
– Shortness of breath
– Upset stomach
– Muscle tension
It’s important for anyone experiencing symptoms of persistent anxiety to seek professional help from a psychiatrist for evaluation and creation of a treatment plan that is tailored to you and your specific life situation. At CLS Health, our Psychiatry team is dedicated to providing personalized care for your needs. Book an appointment today.