Posted on Sep 8, 2018

Dr Giovanni La Veglia, PsyD, English-speaking Licensed Therapist

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal biological reaction to stress and an important part of living. It helps us get out of harm’s way and prepare for important events, and it warns us when we need to take action.

But you may experience anxiety that is persistent, irrational, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Symptoms of anxiety:

• Excessive worry, persistent anxious thoughts on most days of the week
• Sleep problems, troubles falling asleep or staying asleep
• Irrational fears, if the fear is overwhelming and way out of proportion to the actual risk involved
• Constant muscle tension
• Chronic digestive problems
• Blushing, trembling, profuse sweating, difficulty talking in certain social situations
• Difficulty in concentration, poor memory.
• Respiratory symptoms, pressure or constriction in chest, choking feelings, sighing, dyspnea.
• Frequent flashbacks, reliving a disturbing or traumatic event
• Perfectionism, constantly judging yourself or anticipatory anxiety about making mistakes or falling short of your standards
• Obsessive thinking and compulsive behavior
• Persistent self-doubt and second-guessing
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