We all get nervous or anxious, now and then. But, what happens when the worrying doesn't go away? Here are five signs that you may have an anxiety disorder of some type:
- Excessive worry. This is when the anxiety is so bad that it interferes with everyday life. It interferes with your work and relationships. Your mind just won't stop. You're driven by fear and it usually has a bad ending. It's having that feeling of heading south on the 101 and suddenly there is a car in front of you heading north, almost all the time.
- Sleep problems. It's not unusual to toss and turn the night before a big presentation at work, but if this persists you may have anxiety. Sleep problems can also be associated with a range of health conditions. If you chronically lye awake or wake up wired, this is a good indication you may be suffering from anxiety.
- Muscle tension. If muscle tension is most of the time, this may be a symptom of anxiety. It can consist of clenching your jaw, balling your fists, or flexing muscles throughout your body. Exercise may help with some of the tension. But, meeting with a therapist to figure out the underlying reasons may be helpful.
- Self-consciousness: This doesn't always involve speaking to a crowd or being the center of attention. The anxiety can be provoked in everyday situations, talking to someone at a party, eating in front of people at a small dinner party. Some of the symptoms can be blushing, nausea or profuse sweating.
- Perfectionism: This goes hand in hand with an anxiety disorder. This is when you are constantly judging yourself or you have a lot of anxiety about making mistakes. For example, you can't leave your house unless your makeup is absolutely perfect or drive your car unless it's spotless.