How does anxiety feel?
Everyone experiences anxiety differently. When you’re anxious, you may feel worried or stressed about something particular or about life in general. You may also:
- have difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- feel tired
- feel irritable
- feel tense or on edge
- have trouble concentrating
Some people who get anxiety also have depression.
Anxiety can cause physical symptoms too. You may have:
- a racing heartbeat (palpitations)
- muscle tension and regular headaches
- stomach cramps, diarrhoea and feeling or being sick
- tight chest, shortness of breath or fast breathing
- dizziness or a faint feeling, trembling or shaking
- numb or tingling fingers, toes or lips
- a dry mouth
- needing to pee more often than usual
These symptoms may also be caused by problems with your physical health. If you have these symptoms, contact your GP.
Anxiety can become a mental health problem when it:
- doesn’t go away
- has a very strong mental or physical effect on you
- happens regularly, perhaps without an obvious reason
- affects your everyday life so you find it harder to work or socialise
- stops you doing things or makes you avoid situations that other people cope with more easily
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You may worry a lot about the future. This can make you feel very tired and irritable and stop you sleeping properly. But everyone experiences anxiety differently. For more information, see our section: How does anxiety feel?
Anxiety can cause physical symptoms. You may have a racing heart (palpitations), aches and pains and sweating, and feel sick or dizzy. But there are lots of other symptoms too. For more information, see our section: How does anxiety feel?
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