This is a list of common symptoms provided by people who have suffered from anxiety and stress.

How many do you recognise in yourself?

  • “Stuck” thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that “stick” in your mind and replay over and over again.
  • A heightened fear of what people think of you
  • Eye tricks, seeing things our of the corner of your eye that isn’t there, stars, flashes
  • Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness
  • Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others
  • Always feeling angry and lack of patience
  • Body jolts
  • Body tremors
  • Chest pain, chest tightness
  • Concern about the heart
  • Constant craving for sugar or sweets
  • Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Dramatic mood swings (emotional flipping)
  • Dry mouth
  • Everything is scary, frightening
  • Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax
  • Fear of going crazy
  • Fear of passing out
  • Fear that you are losing your mind
  • Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations
  • Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
  • Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams
  • Frequent headaches, migraine headaches
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath
  • Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
  • Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
  • Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night
  • Lack of appetite or taste
  • Muscle twitching
  • Obsession about sensations or getting better
  • Short-term learning impairment, have a hard time learning new information
  • Startle easily
  • Twitching
  • Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
  • Tingling, pins and needles feelings
  • Back pain, stiffness, tension, pressure, soreness, spasms, immobility in the back or back muscles
  • Blanching (looking pale, loss of colour in the face or skin)
  • Blushing, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin
  • Body aches, parts of or your entire body feels sore and achy, feels like your body and muscles are bruised
  • Body shakes
  • Brain fog
  • Afraid of everything
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out
  • Buzzing sensation in the feet, toes, hands, fingers, arms, legs
  • Constant feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Depression
  • Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision
  • Dizzy, feeling dizzy
  • Dry, watery or itchy eyes
  • Emotions feel wrong
  • Fear of being in public
  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of impending doom
  • Fear of losing control
  • Feel like crying for no apparent reason
  • Feeling down in the dumps
  • Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered, shortness of breath
  • Frequently being on edge or ‘grouchy’
  • Have no feelings about things you used to
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness
  • Flu-like symptoms, general malaise, feel ill, like you are coming down with a flu
  • IBS
  • Jolting awake
  • Need to seat near exits
  • Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
  • Short-term memory impairment, can’t remember what I did a few days, hours, or moments ago
  • Sweating, uncontrollable profuse sweating
  • Teeth grinding
  • Weak legs, arms, or muscles
  • Weight loss, weight gain

 

If you recognise several of these common symptoms you could be suffering from anxiety or stress related issues. Left untreated things will only get worse. It is important that you take action as early as you can when things start to get out of control for you. My first piece of advice is always to refer yourself to your local GP. It is an important step to take, by letting your GP know how you are feeling you can obtain a medical diagnosis of your condition and that can open many doors for you. It can switch on referrals to specialist therapists that can work with you to get inside your issue and create a strategy to deal with it.