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Some of the common symptoms of anxiety

Have you been feeling?

  • anxious
  • worried
  • tense
  • stressed
  • nervous
  • panicky
  • on edge
  • restless

Have you had thoughts like?

  • ‘I can’t cope’
  • ‘I’m losing control’
  • ‘What if…’
  • ‘The worst is going to happen’

Have you noticed?

  • you are unable to sit and relax
  • snappy/irritable behaviour
  • you are avoiding certain situations/people
  • you are constantly worrying
  • you are unable to concentrate
  • your heart pounding in your chest
  • a stomach-churning sensation
  • you are sweating excessively

Possible causes of anxiety

  • anxious personality type – you may have certain thinking styles which are part of your personality that can lead to you feeling anxious
  • learnt behaviour – you can learn to worry and be anxious; your childhood or life experiences may be the reason for this
  • stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
  • pressure – you may be under pressure at home or work, feel trapped or unable to problem-solve certain issues
  • genetics – there is no known specific gene for anxiety, but there has been research that shows that anxiety may be hereditary; this may be through our genes or through learnt behaviour as a child

Source: Insight Healthcare