6 Signs That You Have Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorder - how to find and change it 

Have you ever felt that you couldn't identify what exactly was causing your anxiety ? 

Are you feeling weaker than ever, from a couple of weeks? 

Have you had difficulties sleeping or falling asleep at night? 

Do your worry felt irrational or unnecessary often these days ? 

Facts about anxiety disorder 

As per the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA, based on diagnostic interview data from the National Comorbidity Study Replication- 
An estimated 19.1% of U.S. adults had any anxiety disorder in the past year. 
An estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives 
The past year prevalence of any anxiety disorder was higher for females (23.4%) than for males (14.3%). 

Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

Anxiety and depression is the leading cause of disability in most cases. Almost 75% of people are remains untreated worldwide. According to World Health Organization, 1 out of 13 people are knowingly or unknowingly suffering from anxiety and mental disorder. Social phobia being the most common disorder, among all kinds of mental disorder and phobia according to the WHO.

With about one in 13 affected individuals, anxiety is one of the major mental health disorders globally. All of us experience anxiety at some point in life. It can be a very normal response to stressful events such as having financial problems, changing jobs, etc . This causes can lead to anxiety disorder.

Following are some signs that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder:

Worrying excessively

Worrying more than necessary, especially about everyday things can be a hallmark of anxiety disorder. When one worries as often as every day and for a period of at least six months, it can be considered a sign of anxiety disorder.

Trouble Sleeping

Individuals with anxiety disorder can find it hard to fall asleep as well as staying asleep. Studies estimate that 50% of individuals with anxiety disorders experience sleep problems. If you find yourself suffering from sleep problems for a long period of time, it could be a sign that you have an anxiety disorder.

Digestion issues

Anxiety might sometimes manifest itself in your body through digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome. Although IBS and anxiety aren’t always related, the two conditions can co-occur. This can be attributed to the fact that the gut is very sensitive to psychological stress. And sometimes, the discomfort experienced due to chronic digestive issues can also make you feel anxious.


When you feel anxious, your sympathetic nervous system can gear up.  This can cause a cascade of effects throughout your body. You might experience symptoms like rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, racing pulse, shaky hands or dry mouth. Some studies have shown that individuals with anxiety disorders, lacks the ability to control their arousal compared to normal people.

Feeling Restless

Restlessness can be a very common symptom of anxiety disorder, especially in teens and children. A study has estimated that 74% of children diagnosed with an anxiety disorder reported that they experienced restlessness.

Trouble in Concentrating

Many individuals with anxiety have reported difficulty in concentrating. Some studies also shown, that difficulty in concentration was experienced by more than two-thirds of kids and about 90% of adults with an anxiety disorder.

Types of disorder 

GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder 

This occurs, when you are under excessive worry about almost anything without any significant reason after a period of six months.

Post-traumatic stress Disorder 

This happens if after any trauma as the name suggest i.e. natural disaster, physical attack, accident etc.


It is a fear of extreme, like height or space even people.

OCD - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  

It is a condition where you find a compulsive desire of particular ritual over and over again. I.e. washing hands many times, checking something, concerns about cleanliness etc. 

Holistic approach

Now you know what is anxiety and where it can take you to. There is a general concept about anxiety, which is related to genetics. That can be also right in some cases. But believe me by changing your lifestyle, you can move out of it completely. 

A few things to remember

Food - some food is hot in nature and create heat in your body like red meat, according to your climate, you need to adjust it. 

Exercise - Yoga and breathing exercise is the most effective when it comes to mental disorder. 

Being social - Whether you introvert or extrovert, finding some group or people of common interest is really helpful as you may explore new vibes. 


Source - 

World Health Organization - https://www.who.int/
Anxiety and depression association of America - https://adaa.org/about-adaa
National Institute of Mental Health -www.nimh.nih.gov

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