Having some anxiety can actually be good for us, because it helps us be alert when we’re in different or stressful situations, but it can be a problem when these symptoms start interfering with your life or make you feel like you have no control over it. Do you think you might have anxiety? Do you know what the symptoms of anxiety are?
The term anxiety refers to a biological defense system that activates a (usually unpleasant) physiological or emotional effect when we perceive a situation to be potentially dangerous. This response is also known as “fight or flight”. Our bodies release certain types of neurotransmitters that cause us to have heightened senses, which would be useful in the case of an attack or dangerous situation.
However, this life-saving system can cause some problems if our body uses it improperly, which may happen if we perceive a situation to be unsafe when it is safe, which causes the body to produce more hormones than necessarily, often causing unpleasant side-effects. When we are in these situations for a prolonged period of time, our anxiety starts to control us, rather than the other way around, which can make us feel defenseless and uncomfortable. More women suffer from anxiety than men, and it’s usually caused by everyday stress, like dealing with new situations, being in a high-stress environment, or being around people if you’re living with social anxiety.
There are different types of anxiety depending on the intensity and frequency of the symptoms, and there are different types of symptoms, which are the following: physical symptoms, psychological symptoms, behavioral symptoms, cognitive symptoms, and social symptoms. It’s almost impossible to talk about all of the symptoms that you may suffer from if you have anxiety, so we’ll highlight the 10 most common symptoms and how to help keep them under control.
1. Low self-esteem and depression is a common symptom of anxiety
It’s quite common for someone with anxiety to also have low self-esteem and depression, which can cause irritability and fatigue. Low self-esteem leads to depression, which is why anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand.
Depression can also make anxiety worse and can even lead to suicidal thoughts and tendencies (although it only happens to a very small percentage of people).