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Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety disorder is very pervasive in America today.  Over 55 million Americans have the signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder.  Most of these symptoms are considered mild to moderate, but upwards of 19 million Americans suffer from extreme anxiety symptoms, such as panic attacks, fears and phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of mild to moderate  anxiety below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, supportive natural therapies, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety include:

  • Restlessness
  • Tension
  • Heart palpitations
  • Racing thoughts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep disorders
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sweaty palms
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lump in the throat
  • Dizziness
  • Faintness
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Overeating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Chest pains
  • Muscle tension
  • Impotence
  • Low blood sugar
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Shortness of breath

Anxiety is often caused by excessive stress, such as relationship difficulties, pressures at work, and financial worries.  Nutrient deficiencies can also cause anxiety.

Diagnosis of Anxiety

A diagnosis of anxiety disorder is given when you have the signs and symptoms of anxiety for longer than six months.  Sometimes people cannot pinpoint the cause of their anxiety, or the cause of their anxiety constantly changes.  There is a good chance that these signs and symptoms of anxiety are the result of an anxiety disorder.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It
Margaret Wehrenberg
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
Edmund J. Bourne

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Georg H. Eifert
The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program
William J. Knaus

Anxiety Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Non-profit organization provides information and support for patients and health professionals, with details of conditions, and lists of resources.

  • Better Medicine

Information Including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, causes, videos, forums, and local community support.

  • Living with Anxiety . com

Informative and personal, website for anxiety help, resources and information.

  • National Institute of Mental Health

A detailed booklet that describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments of the major anxiety disorders, with information on getting help and coping

  • Anxiety Forum

Get free information and support for anxiety, fear, and panic attacks now. The Anxiety Forum is over 100,000 members strong and growing!

Medical Resources

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.

  • Medicine Net . com

Read about anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder, GAD) causes, physical symptoms and signs, medications and treatment.

  • Web MD

Anxiety and Panic Disorders Health Center.