Anxiety, like most health conditions, looks different for everyone. It’s easy to write off certain symptoms as temporary work-related stress or just having an off day. However, if you notice certain symptoms lingering past the end of that difficult project or your off days are turning into off weeks, they may be signs of anxiety you’re ignoring.
Feeling anxious is a normal part of the human spectrum of emotion, like feelings of sadness or being overjoyed. So, knowing when the anxiety you’re experiencing requires medical attention can be especially difficult. As Mayo Clinic explains on their website, “people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.” If those anxious feeling are persistent or anxious episodes are repeated, then the symptoms you’re experiencing may be signs of an anxiety disorder.
There are multiple types of anxiety disorders and, like overall anxiety, they don’t all look alike. Panic disorders, for example, are associated with experiencing panic attacks caused by anxiety. Social anxiety disorder, as its name suggests, is specifically tied to social interactions or performative situations. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety gone undiagnosed or untreated can significantly impact work, school, and day-to-day life.
It can be difficult to acknowledge when you need help, even more so when those symptoms itself can easily be ignored. However, there are ways to manage anxiety so it doesn’t interfere with you feeling your best. That starts by knowing the signs. Here are seven things that might not looks like anxiety but can be.