Do I Have Anxiety Symptoms or an Anxiety Disorder?
Have you ever wondered if your anxiety symptoms are present enough to classify you as having an anxiety disorder? Well, because anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, they can look very different from person to person making it hard to draw definite conclusions. For instance, one individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party. Someone else may have the anxiety symptom of struggling with a disabling fear of driving, or uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts. Yet another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying about anything and everything.
Despite their different forms, all anxiety disorders share one major symptom: persistent or severe fear or worry in situations where most people wouldn’t feel threatened.
Another interesting point about the topic of anxiety symptoms is the role they play in depression. Many people with anxiety disorders also suffer from depression at some point. Anxiety and depression are believed to stem from the same biological vulnerability, which may explain why they so often go hand-in-hand. Since depression makes anxiety symptoms (and vice versa), it’s important to seek treatment for both conditions.
Are you wondering if your anxiety symptoms indicate an anxiety disorder?
This quick list may help you answer that question:
- Are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge?
- Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities?
- Are you plagued by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake?
- Do you believe that something bad will happen if certain things aren’t done a certain way?
- Do you avoid everyday situations or activities because they cause you anxiety?
- Do you experience sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic?
- Do you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner?
If you identify with several of the above anxiety symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder: