While it’s normal for all of us to feel anxious at times, when that anxiety becomes excessive, it can have a tremendous impact on our lives. Generalized Anxiety Disorder feel anxious for months at a time and display other symptoms of he disorder. Other symptoms include:
- Restlessness or excessive alertness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disorders
Panic attacks may be one way the disorder manifests itself. These are sudden periods of intense fear. Physical symptoms may include pounding heart, sweating, trembling or shaking, sensations of shortness of breath, and feelings of impending doom.
If the anxiety is connected to social contacts, then social anxiety disorder is the cause. Social anxiety disorder symptoms include:
- Feeling anxious around other people and difficulty talking to them
- Feeling self-conscious in front of others
- Fear of being humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected, or fearful of offending others
- Fear of being judged
- Avoiding other people
- Difficulty making and keeping friends
- Blushing, sweating, or trembling around other people
Anxiety disorders are generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both.