Many people experience anxiety in some degree of another although for some, it can develop to become a mental health condition. There’s a big difference between feeling a little apprehensive ahead of an exam or test and becoming debilitated by the prospect of normal everyday life. In this article, we take a closer look at the symptoms of anxiety as a mental illness and what signs to watch for.
Knowing When to Seek Treatment for Anxiety
Here are the signs that indicate a person could have anxiety disorder if they have persisted for at least 6 months:
– Excessive worrying: A person with severe anxiety is likely to obsess about minutia to the degree that they are constantly mentally preoccupied
– Agitation: One of the main characteristics of anxiety disorder is the inability to silence the mind which leads to agitation and restlessness
– Fatigue: People with anxiety disorder almost invariably have trouble establishing a healthy sleeping pattern which leads to them feeling constantly tired
– Muscle tension: Tense muscles are commonly associated with anxiety, particularly if the individual is experiencing a panic attack
– Panic attacks: anxiety attacks can be extremely severe and because the heartbeat becomes more rapid, some people can feel as though they are experiencing a heart attack
– Avoiding social situations: People with anxiety disorder are likely to have a disproportionate view of social situations, irrespective of whether they know the individuals they are socializing with. They often find it easier to avoid attending social events and functions altogether
– Irrational fears: When someone is struggling with anxiety, they often develop irrational phobias and fears. In fact, a person who was previously fearless can become frightened of almost anything if they have anxiety disorder
CASA Recovery Treats Mental Illness in Southern California
CASA Recovery is an established rehabilitation center in San Juan Capistrano, CA. We treat a range of mental health conditions including addiction, depression, PTSD, and anxiety. With our help you can be released from your mental illness to find a happy and fulfilling life in recovery. If you feel you are becoming more anxious than is healthy, contact CASA Recovery today.