Anxiety is on the rise. In a poll done on 1000 American adults (18 or older) by the APA (American Psychiatric Association) in 2018, 39% of participants reported that they were more anxious than they were at the same time in the previous year, another 39% reported they were equally anxious, while only 19% reported less anxiety. The APA noted that Millennials were the most anxious generation.
Based on the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety affects about 18% of the adult (18 or older) population in the USA. Although anxiety is highly treatable, less than 37% of those who suffer receive treatment.
Worldwide Suffering over Anxiety
But Americans are not alone – The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that almost 300 million are suffering from anxiety disorders and that the anxiety rate in high-income countries is the highest.
It is important to highlight that elevated anxious feelings is not the same as a diagnosis with an anxiety disorder.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety, a close relative of fear, is a feeling that involves the frontal cortex and the amygdala, putting the body in a fight-flight-freeze mode.
There is no full understanding of what happens in the brain when someone experiences excessive anxiety. Various physical symptoms can be triggered along with the anxious feeling. Among the common symptoms are heart palpitations, heavy breathing, tremors, and excessive sweating.
The information in this blog is educational. If you think you might have anxiety or anxious patterns, please consult a professional.
5 Signs You May Have Anxiety or Anxious Thoughts
#1 Worrying and Irrational Fears
Fears and worries are normal in some situations, and they are part of our protection mechanism. For example,
- if we are about to write an exam, we might worry that we won’t be able to complete it in time, or that we will forget some of what we’ve learned.
- before having a job interview we might worry that the interviewer won’t like us, or that we will be too nervous and won’t provide the best answers.
Sign #1: When fears and worries become irrational or extend beyond logical worries, or become uncontrollable, anxiety turns into a problem.
#2 Trouble Falling Asleep
Bedtime is a very common time for anxious thoughts to appear.
For some of us, it is the only time in the day when we have absolutely nothing to do but calm down. If you experience anxious thoughts, you will find this time to be pretty challenging as your
- worries and
- other unpleasant thoughts
will be more present and louder.
Trouble falling asleep can also be an indication of anxious patterns, especially if in the past falling asleep was easy (or somewhat easy) for you.
Sign #2: You might worry about going to bed, knowing falling asleep will be a long and unpleasant process, with thoughts racing through your head.
#3 Social Avoidance
If you have noticed a change of feelings about social interactions, you might want to explore this shift.
Sign #3: People who present with anxious thoughts and anxiety tend to avoid social interactions as they find them too much to handle: the small talk, the possible judgment, and often the worry that they might need to speak with someone they don’t know, or even find themselves speaking in public or making public mistakes. This is often too much to handle if your mind is constantly trying to manage an overwhelming number of thoughts.
#4 Difficulty Concentrating
A scattered state of mind is yet another common sign of anxiety, anxious thoughts or anxious patterns.
Anxiety is mostly about things you can’t control. When your mind is busy worrying about whatever is outside of your control, you cannot maintain clear thinking
Sign #4: When someone experiences anxiety, their body goes into a fight-flight-freeze mode where, due to elevated levels of adrenaline, the sympathetic nervous system is activated. With heart rate rising, breathing accelerated, and blood diverted to the limbs, one can find it very difficult to concentrate.
#5 Tiredness and Fatigue
Anxiety and anxious patterns put the body into survival mode, which takes a toll on the body. Insomnia and muscle tightness are other symptoms related to anxiety.
Sign #5: When someone experiences chronic anxiety, their body feels tired and, more often than not, their quality of sleep is affected.
If you experience any of the above signs, or you experience other symptoms and think they might be related to high stress or anxiety levels, it is highly recommended you consult with a professional who can support you and equip you with strategies to lower and manage your stress or anxiety levels to enjoy a better quality of life.
Miri supports people who experience stress and anxious patterns or thoughts and helps them manage the level of these patterns.
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