Signs of Anxiety
Anxiety manifests itself in many forms, and while the symptoms can feel overwhelming occurring in conjunction with one and other, they are normal expressions of very common feelings. Individuals who've experienced or demonstrated the below may be exhibiting signs of anxiety:
- Excessive distress out of proportion with a given situation; as manifested by physical symptoms, crying, sadness, anger, explosiveness, frustration, hopelessness, embarrassment, hyper-activity, distraction, poor attention-span, forgetfulness and memory loss.
- A need for repetitive reassurance; inconsolability; an inability to respond to logical reasoning.
- Headaches, stomachaches, or vague complaints of feeling sick, accompanied by regular requests to leave classroom, school, or activities.
- Anticipatory anxiety that involves worrying hours, days, weeks ahead of an event.
- Sleep disruption, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, nightmares, difficulty sleeping alone.
- Perfectionism that leads to being very self-critical or having high standards for self and others to the point that nothing is ever good enough.
- Overly concerned with others opinions; an excessive need to people-please; constant worry that others are upset with him or her; unnecessary apologizing.
- Excessive avoidance or refusal to participate in expected activities, such as school, birthday parties, other extracurricular events.
- Disruption of family functioning such as, refusing to attend school, friend's houses, religious activities, family gatherings, errands, or vacations.
- Excessive distress regarding everyday situations and normal activities such as doing homework, maintaining good hygiene, or eating regular meals.