“Anxiety disorders share features of excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is anticipation of a future threat” (DSM-5). Everyone experiences anxiety and that is absolutely normal. We typically feel a little anxious when we have a job interview or a presentation. Feeling a little nervous, concerned or apprehensive around these events is to be expected. Research shows that we learn best when an optimum level of anxiety is reached. The optimum level is different and unique to each of us. However, anxiety becomes problematic when these feelings start to impact our daily living in a negative way.
Here are 5 signs you may have anxiety:
If you are experiencing several of these symptoms and they are causing you significant distress in your life and you do not have a medical condition or another mental health disorder that may have similar indicators, you may be experiencing anxiety. However, there are some things you can do today to begin to feel better. Check out my blog where I discuss 5 ways to reduce stress today: http://www.droshea.com/blog/5-easy-ways-to-reduce-stress-today. If you have tried some of these strategies already and/or feel stuck, frozen, or as though nothing is helping, it may be time to reach out to a mental health professional.
Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for diagnosis, treatment or therapy.
Dr. Deb is a successful Psychologist who practices in New York City. She is an Anxiety Specialist who works with adolescents and adults providing both individual and couples counseling.