When you hear the word "anxiety," you probably think of panic attacks, sudden feelings of fear, shortness of breath, and a fast-beating heart. Anxiety sufferers know these symptoms all too well, and people who think they might be managing chronic anxiety without even knowing it are often tipped off to their condition because of one of them. Like most things, though, anxiety is complicated, and there are some lesser-known symptoms of anxiety, according to doctors, that could also be a signal that your mental and emotional health needs some additional TLC.
Bustle consulted with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, family physician and associate professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Dr. Josh Klapow, Ph.D.and clinical psychologist on the symptoms of anxiety that are not so well-known. While these signals of stress and anxiety might fly below the radar relative to other manifestations of mental illness, they're no less important, and if you're seeing patterns of them in your own life, it's definitely worth your while to start tracking those patterns and to consider seeing a doctor if you feel as though they're affecting your day-to-day life. Why should you suffer if there are options out there to make your life better?