Anxious individuals can have very different experiences when it comes to anxiety. These are some of the more known symptoms of anxiety.
There are different types of anxiety including, general anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, phobias and panic disorders. Naturally, each type lead to different experiences among individuals. Anxiety is often times a physical response; meaning, when we feel anxious there is often a parallel physical response that we experience, as well.
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Lump in the throat
- Rapid heart rate
Anxiety can lead to behavioural changes of an individual, most commonly as avoidance. Those who suffer from anxiety attacks are likely to avoid certain situations that they feel are threatening (like, public speaking, or crowded places)
Common Examples are:
- Difficulty speaking in front groups of people
- Passing up a promotion because they feel they may fail
- Not partaking in social situations (EX. meeting with coworkers after work, going to dinner with friends)
- Taking extra precautions to avoid crowded places, tunnels, or bridges on their way to work
Anxiety can have a severe impact on life of those individuals. They miss social situations, stay home, or find it difficult to get up in the morning. They struggle to reach their full potential for fear of failure and miss out on opportunities for new experiences and new skills.
Anxious individuals often depend heavily on a support group to keep them reassured. Whether that be a family member, friends, support workers or a support group, they will look to those around them for reassurance, help, and safety.
Anxiety makes people worry to the extremes. They worry excessively about more things, more often. Worry about saying the wrong things, being judged by friends or family, jumping to extreme conclusions, and expecting the worse to happen all the time.