Almost every person reaches a point in their life where stress and anxiety become a problem. Some are able to get through the issues on their own, and do not need to examine it further, while others may have a difficult time shaking the feelings that have seemed to take over their lives.
Narrowing down the symptoms of stress and anxiety is the first step to identifying the issue and determining if you are suffering from a mental health problem. Anxiety and stress symptoms can fall into four overall groups ? cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral.
Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress
Cognitive symptoms of stress and anxiety all relate to the brain and its functions. Besides the feeling of continual worry, the sufferer may also have racing thoughts and anxiety.
They may not be able to see the positive side to things, and solely concentrate on the negative. Their ability to judge situations and make well-planned decisions is affected.
Memory may become a bit fuzzier and they cannot focus on the task at hand.
The most obvious emotional symptoms, especially to the sufferer’s friends and family – is moodiness. They may be extremely irritable and be quick to anger.
Someone suffering from anxiety and stress could have a feeling of loneliness, and feel isolated from their peers. It is also common to be overwhelmed with life in general, which may lead to depression or an overall feeling of unhappiness.
Stress and anxiety can also manifest itself in physical symptoms. The most stereotypical of these is related to the heart, with chest pains and an increased rate of heartbeats.
The individual may also have digestive problems, like upset stomach, ulcers, nausea, diarrhea or constipation. Overall aches and pains are also a sign of stress and anxiety. The person may also seem to catch more colds than the typical person. There can also be a noticeable drop in sex drive.
A person’s behavior may also change when they are under stress. They may start using (or have an increased use in) drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes to help them cope with their emotions.
Outsiders may witness nervous habits like nail biting, pen tapping, pacing, or other repetitive motions. The person’s appetite may increase or decrease. Sleep can also be affected, where the person dealing with anxiety may sleep more or less. They may isolate themselves from friends and family or from society in general.
You may also notice one of the symptoms of anxiety and stress is that they suddenly start neglecting their responsibilities or procrastinate more than usual.