Everyday life can involve some form of worrying, restlessness, and panic. However, when such symptoms become debilitating, it’s not healthy as they might be signs of anxiety.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 19% of people aged 18 or older in the US experience anxiety every year. Furthermore, one in three US adults suffers from an anxiety disorder at least once in their lifetime. Sadly, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reveals that only 37% of those affected receive professional help for anxiety disorders. Fortunately, Landmark Recovery understands the impact of anxiety not just on mental health but on substance abuse.
The Warning Signs of Anxiety
Recognizing the signs of mental illness is the first step towards recovery. However, many types of anxiety disorders differ in people or situations that cause them. Although there is no cure for anxiety, a mental health professional in OKC can manage the symptoms.
Anxiety can make you worry about small, insignificant things that a reasonable person wouldn’t mind. For your worry to qualify as a red flag for anxiety disorder, it should be extended (for more than six months) and uncontrollable.
Fear that symbolizes anxiety is severe, so it will be hard to concentrate and perform your daily tasks.
Irritability and Agitation
Anxiety can bleed over into your personality. You’ll get irritated quickly, and small things can annoy you to the extent of reacting unreasonably or abnormally. Also, you might get furious when asked to perform everyday tasks or partake in usual routines.
Irritability, cantankerousness, and a lowdown world viewpoint can weigh all aspects of your life down. If you exhibit these signs, seek professional help immediately.
Although most people associate anxiety with arousal or hyperactivity (particularly high functioning anxiety), fatigue is among the severe signs of anxiety to watch out for. It’s still unclear whether lethargy is a cause or another symptom of anxiety. Studies reveal that lethargy is linked to other symptoms, such as muscle tension and insomnia because it has a hormonal effect on your body.
If you spend a sleepless night worrying about your day’s activities and remain jittery during the day as you battle anxiety, you’ll surely be tired. Seek professional help if you have difficulty falling asleep or full-blown insomnia – this is when you’re so restless that your body can’t calm down to allow you a peaceful sleep.
Lethargy often leads to restlessness or difficulty in concentrating. Restlessness is a common sign of anxiety disorder, particularly in teens and children. If you’re restless, you’ll have an uncomfortable wish to move or feel “on edge.” As a result, you’ll find it challenging to focus on any activity, thus making more mistakes than usual.
Although not all people suffering from anxiety have panic attacks, it’s a sure red flag for anxiety disorder. A panic attack is a severe, large-scale episode of stress that can leave you powerless. It resembles a heart attack. Symptoms of a panic attack include:
- Numbness and tingling sensations, particularly around the fingers and the mouth
- Lightheadedness, nausea, and dizziness
- An overwhelming feeling of dread
- A sense of imminent death
- Increased blood pressure
- Inability to breath or heart palpitations
- Blurry vision
- Chest pressure
Overcome Anxiety at Landmark Recovery
Anxiety can make you uncomfortable in public places, and you might not wish to leave your home. The fear of interacting with others can make a person start avoiding work meetings, going to parties, or participating in group activities at school.
Fortunately, you can fully recover from anxiety through our range of treatment programs, such as:
- Medical detox program
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Intensive outpatient program
- Alumni program
- Partial hospitalization program
At Landmark Recovery, we understand all the common signs of anxiety to look out for, including a tense body, irrational fears, and a detachment from yourself or others. Anxiety disorders can be debilitating, so we’ll provide professional help to prevent your condition from deteriorating. Contact us at 405.494.4239 to get started on treatment.