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Anxiety Disorder - Common Symptoms

Clinical professionals are looking for the following:

  1. The presence of excessive anxiety and worry about a variety of topics, events, or activities. Worry occurs more often than not for at least six months and is clearly Excessive.

  2. The worry is experienced as very challenging to control.

  3. The anxiety and worry are accompanied by at least three of the following physical or cognitive symptoms (In children, only one of these symptoms is necessary for a diagnosis of GAD):

  • Edginess or restlessness

  • Tiring easily; more fatigued than usual

  • Impaired concentration or feeling as though the mind goes blank

  • Irritability (which may or may not be observable to others)

  • Increased muscle aches or soreness

  • Difficulty sleeping (due to trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, restlessness at night, or unsatisfying sleep)


WHEN TO SEEK HELP


  • When it is difficult it is to feel any sense of calm, comfort, and reassurance around your worry.

  • If you find yourself constantly seeking reassurance from others, or repeatedly trying different methods of stress management and relaxation to no avail, it may be worth contacting a professional.

  • Contacting a mental health or other clinical provider is a courageous step that can help clarify what is happening and help you find relief and regain a sense of well-being.

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