5 Signs Anxiety is Bothering You

In past articles, we’ve discussed different symptoms of anxiety. We are familiar with the common symptoms of anxiety, such as palpitations, nervousness, and agitation. Anxiety also has social symptoms such as agoraphobia and hypersensitivity. 

But, anxiety can implicate your mental health in other ways as well. Below are a few signs that anxiety may be bothering you. 

  • It is hard to name emotions. 

When dealing with anxiety, your brain focuses on the problems that lie ahead. It is doing calculations to figure out how to defend you from perceived threats. During this time, your brain executes multiple functions to prepare your body for fight or flight; hence it does not have time for introspection. 

You need to be calm and introspective to understand the emotions underlying your anxiety. It may not seem important, but understanding your emotions can help you. Certain emotions serve as triggers. Learning to identify your emotions can pull you back or away from an anxiety attack. 

  • You have difficulty expressing your emotional needs.

When you are anxious, you may find it difficult to recognize your emotions. Even more so, it might be difficult for you to express your emotional needs. This struggle is partly due to a common symptom of anxiety–emotional dysregulation. 

Emotional dysregulation refers to poorly regulated emotional responses that do not fall in the traditional or acceptable range of reaction. It often feels like your emotions control you. You are often irritable or agitated. But, you rarely know where these emotions come from. As a result, you find it hard to express yourself. 

While emotional dysregulation certainly plays a role in your ability to open up to others, it may not be the only factor at play. For those with anxiety, expressing emotional needs can sometimes be a challenge. You may feel hesitant because you fear what others might think. Many people with anxiety had an anxious attachment style where they did not learn how to communicate their needs because their parents made them believe that their needs were conditional. 

Hence, in relationships, you tend to feel distant or unfulfilled. 

  • Chronic pain or other health conditions that started during a period of transition.

Many studies have explored the links between chronic pain and mental health and found that certain conditions share neurological connections with chronic pain. However, how and why chronic pain develops varies per person. 

One interesting symptom of anxiety is that you develop chronic pain during a period of transition. Transitional periods in life can be moments of both great joy and great distress. Consequently, you may be more stressed, and by default, more anxious than you are usually. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety cause you to tense up. Constant tense muscles can lead to more grave ailments. 

  • You do not share your emotional ups and downs with others. 

Another sign of anxiety is that you do not readily share your hardships. This is a subjective statement and not at all a definitive sign of anxiety. However, it does refer to other psychological symptoms associated with anxiety. 

People with anxiety tend to have their guard up. As a result, they may not easily confide in others about things that they are going through. 

Hence, if you have anxiety and experience these symptoms, please reach out to a therapist. They will help you manage the symptoms of anxiety. 

Sources:

Cleveland Clinic. (2020). Anxiety disorders: Types, causes, symptoms & treatments. Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9536-anxiety-disorders. 

Julson, E. (2021, September 15). Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders. Healthline. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety-disorder-symptoms#excessive-worrying. 

Parks, E. (2021, November 26). 6 signs you are anxious and don’t know it | psychology … Psychology Today. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/pain-rehabilitation/202111/6-signs-you-are-anxious-and-don-t-know-it. 

Rethink Mental Illness. (2020). Anxiety disorders. What are the signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder? Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/about-mental-illness/learn-more-about-conditions/anxiety-disorders/. 

NIH. (2020). Generalized anxiety disorder: When worry gets out of Control. National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad. 

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