Anxiety is very common in our society today. There are many problems associated with this state that affects us both psychologically and physically. Its manifestations are very varied and you can be suffering it without being aware of it.


It is important that you learn to recognize anxiety , when you are experiencing it, and recognize how it is affecting your life. Once you identify and become aware, then you can give a solution to reduce it.

Main symptoms of anxiety

This state of anxiety can manifest itself in many ways , depending on each person. Its intensity and frequency also varies.

However, there are quite characteristic symptoms, which are the main indicators that there are situations or certain circumstances that are generating anxiety.

Its symptoms being psychophysiological, affecting both behavioral and physical level, can be divided into the following groups:

Psychological symptoms

Among the psychological symptoms of anxiety we find, above all, the following: uncertainty, disorientation, overwhelm, restlessness, suspicions, fears, a feeling of danger and threat, the need to want to flee or attack, insecurity and fear of losing control.

Physical symptoms

The physical symptoms of anxiety can seriously affect our health.

Some of the most frequent and characteristic are the following: Muscle stiffness, tension, gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, shortness of breath, hyperventilation, chest tightness, palpitations, tachycardia, sleep and eating disorders, fatigue, tiredness, irritability, problems in sexual response, etc.

Social and behavioral symptoms

Difficulties in relating and starting a conversation, a great fear of conflict, difficulty in expressing one’s opinions (low assertiveness), hypervigilance, impulsiveness, etc.

Cognitive symptoms

Difficulty concentrating and maintaining attention, frequent memory loss, distractions and carelessness, distorted thoughts and a state of rumination, excessive worry, susceptibility, confusion, disorganization, interpretations that are far from reality.

Consequences of living with anxiety

These symptoms are often not related to anxiety, since we even get used to living like this . In the medium and long term, the consequences can be irreversible, since anxiety deteriorates us both psychologically and physically.

This can lead to psychological disorders such as depression, phobias, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress, etc. And on a physical level, it is shown that it can also lead to gastrointestinal and cardiovascular diseases, among others.

It is important that you learn to identify when anxiety appears in your life , so that you can stop at that moment, listen to yourself and pay attention to what you need at that precise moment. Breathing techniques are very useful to calm anxiety and thus reduce its symptoms.

In short, if you want to curb the consequences of anxiety, it is essential that you become aware of when it appears in your day to day. Identify the situations, the symptoms that appear; and try to stop, breathe and take control.

Anxiety is a state of alarm that is offering you some indication, which you must attend to. Therefore, do not shy away from it or try to repress it, understand it and act accordingly.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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