If you or a loved one struggles with anxiety, it can be challenging to know when the right time to seek help may be. Anxiety is a natural human emotion that everyone experiences. But, when anxiety is something a person deals with every day to the point of debilitating symptoms. This means that anxiety affects a person’s life severely enough to affect daily life. However, many times, individuals don’t know what these signs and symptoms may be. So, they end up never getting the help they need to live a life that manages the symptoms of their anxiety disorders. In this blog, we aim to help individuals who may not know if it’s time to seek help for their anxiety by providing 4 signs.
You’re Experiencing Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
Many may not know that anxiety, although a psychological phenomenon, can lead to physical symptoms. However, physical symptoms of anxiety usually don’t occur for individuals who experience a normal amount of anxiety. The physical symptoms of anxiety usually occur for people who deal with severe anxiety on a daily basis. Some of the physical signs of anxiety may include:
- Racing heart
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches
- Sweaty palms
- Colds and flu
You’re Showcasing Avoidance Behaviors
Avoiding social responsibilities is a telltale sign of something mentally wrong. Often, for an anxious person, going out and having to be social may induce anxiety and its negative symptoms. Additional to avoiding people and scenarios, procrastination can be a sign of anxiety disorders. So, putting off tasks and responsibilities can be a sign that it may be time to get help too.
You’re Frequently Angry and Uneasy
Often, anxiety can mask itself with other emotions including anger, irritability, restlessness, and tenseness. These emotions and resulting behaviors can work to protect a person from their anxious thoughts. Basically, these symptoms are the direct result of not dealing with anxiety. And, are often the most common, telltale signs that individuals should get help to deal with their anxiety.
You’re Experiencing Panic Attacks
Last but not least, panic attacks are one of the most commonly experienced symptoms of anxiety. But, they’re often overlooked as a symptom of anxiety because individuals may not know what a panic attack really is. Many describe the experience of a panic attack as a feeling of extreme pain in the chest area. For this reason, they’re often confused with heart attacks. During a panic attack, individuals may experience a tightened/heavy chest, racing heartbeat, sweaty palms, challenged breathing, and body shakes.
Dealing with Anxiety and Addiction Together
Unfortunately, many attempt to manage the symptoms of their anxiety disorders without getting professional help. Often, individuals may self-medicate the symptoms of their anxiety disorders with drugs or alcohol. While addictive substances may numb the effects of anxiety for a short period of time, doing so can lead to long term addiction.
Here at Willow Place for Women, we help women dealing with both anxiety and addiction. If you or a loved one needs help with managing anxiety and addiction, contact us to learn more about how we can support you on your journey to healing.