Common and Uncommon Symptoms of Anxiety

The word “anxiety” typically conjures up the same images for everyone but when looking at this condition more closely, it would become clear that along with common symptoms are some not so common symptoms. Because the symptoms of anxiety can present in unique ways, we wanted to provide an overview of some of the known causes but also information pertaining to the different types of experiences that go hand-in-hand with this problem.

Understanding Causes

To begin, some of the primary reasons that a person would feel anxious have been provided below. These are just a few examples of the varied symptoms but with this, a person can better understand the wide range of triggers for anxiety.

  • Mental Health Factors – There are a number of mental health conditions that cause anxiety to include:
  1. Panic Disorders – Along with anxiety, an individual would experience dizziness, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations on some level
  2. Anxiety Disorders – All of the different types of anxiety disorders cause a sense of anxiousness
  3. Phobic Disorders – There is a long list of phobias that lead to anxiety such as the fear of water, flying, spiders, and so on
  4. Stress Disorders – This would include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, non-epileptic seizures, Acute Stress Disorder, and many others
  5. Depression – i.e. not finding the solution to beat depression
  • External Factors – Along with mental health conditions, the symptoms of anxiety can be triggered by any number of external factors such as:
  1. Heavy workload
  2. High demands in school
  3. Financial Problems
  4. Serious health issues
  5. Divorce
  6. Alcohol and/or illicit drug abuse
  7. Death of the loved one
  8. Side effects of certain medications
  9. Major accident or other traumatic event
  10. Inadequate oxygen due to lung embolism, emphysema, and even high altitude sickness

As shown above from the examples provided, an individual could go through periods of feeling anxious. Depending on the cause but also the person and his/her reaction, these periods could be minor or serious, as well as short or long-lasting.

Common Symptoms Associated with Anxiety

As mentioned, the exact symptoms of anxiety are going to be unique to the situation and person but even with this, some are considered “common” while others are far less common.

In trying to identify or diagnose this condition, it is important to understand both types of symptoms. Keep in mind that if at any time a person has concerns, goes through a serious bout of anxiousness, or simply has questions, it would be important to have a consultation with a medical or mental health professional.

  • Trouble Concentrating – Often, a person dealing with anxiety would have trouble concentrating. As a result of this, a great deal of time would be spent in completing even the smallest of tasks or things would go without being completed at all.
  • Restlessness – It is also common for someone with anxiety to find it difficult to relax. There seems to be an ongoing need to be doing something, which can lead to obsessive behaviors and intense stress.
  • Jitters – A phrase often used to describe the feelings of anxiety is “having the jitters”, which means internally, the body feels tense, jumpy, and jittery. In more severe cases, a person’s skin might feel as if it were crawling with bugs. As part of this, an individual would likely startle easily to sound or even touch.
  • Irritability – As symptoms of anxiety increase and intensify, a person would start to feel more and more irritable. Unfortunately, the behavior that goes along with this puts a tremendous amount of stress on family members, friends, and intimate partners.
  • Sleep Disturbances. Anxiety also causes issues with sleep. For some people, the issue is insomnia or the inability to sleep whereas for others, it becomes almost impossible to stay asleep after going to bed.
  • Anger – This too is a common symptom connected to anxiety caused by a feeling of being overwhelmed. Typically, an individual would begin by feeling agitated and irritated, which eventually would lead into full-blown anger.
  • Heart Palpitations – The worse anxiety becomes the more a person would have physical problems. One of the most common is heart palpitations in which the heart beats hard and fast. Shortness of breath is another symptom that often accompanies heart palpitations.

Uncommon Symptoms Associated with Anxiety

Along with the more commonly known symptoms are some that are considered less common. Because these are not always associated with anxiety an individual might be confused or even frightened.

  • Sweating – When a person is going through a serious period of feeling anxious, sweating could become a problem. However, because profuse sweating is also a sign of other health problems to include heart attack, if someone noticed increased perspiration that cannot be controlled it would be essential to talk to a doctor, especially if chest pain and shortness of breath are also present.
  • Fear – Some degree of fear would be expected with anxiety but this can evolve to the point of experiencing terror
  • Aches and Pains – For some people, anxiety leads to an array of physical ailments. For example, some people might have aches and pains of the joints and muscles when dealing with anxiety.
  • Tingling – The last of the less common symptoms of anxiety is a tingling sensation of the fingers and toes. This particular symptom can become so bad that an individual would have trouble grasping firmly onto objects and in some cases, walking.