Most people experience anxiety, a feeling of unease, worry or fear, at some point or another in their lives. Such feelings may, for instance, be experienced before exams, job interviews or medical tests. Under normal circumstances, anxiety can be helpful, as it can help to improve alertness and performance. Too much or prolonged anxiety, on the other hand, may eventually affect the sufferer’s ability to lead a normal life and/or cause serious health problems.
While anxiety can only be diagnosed for sure by trained medical professionals, there are some basic checks that may help to determine whether you are likely to suffer from anxiety.
Check one: Signs you may be suffering anxiety
Anxiety has a variety of psychological symptoms, including:
- Worry or uneasy feeling for long periods.
- Difficulty in sleeping.
- Inability to concentrate.
- Extra alertness.
- Feeling on edge or tearful.
- Inability to relax.
- Frequent need of reassurance from others.
Physical symptoms, caused by the release of stress hormones, may include:
- Increased heart rate.
- Pounding heartbeat.
- Faster breathing.
- Irregular heartbeat (palpitations).
- Increased sweating.
- Chest pains.
- Feeling faint or dizzy.
- Loss of appetite.
- ‘Butterflies’ in the stomach.
- Increasingly frequent need to go to the toilet.
If you are suffering a combination of some or all of these symptoms for prolonged periods, there is a chance that you may be suffering from anxiety.
Check two: Anxiety and daily life
If your feelings of worry or anxiety are making it difficult to deal with day-to-day life or interfere with your work, you could be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Check three: Anxiety, stress and post traumatic stress
Anxiety itself may be a symptom of other disorders, such as occupational or post traumatic stress, for example. If you experience excessive stress at work, this may well be the underlying cause for your anxiety. Post traumatic stress may be triggered by distressing or frightening events.
Being injured by car accident can trigger post traumatic stress and anxiety, especially if the injuries sustained were serious.
Accidents at work or in public places
Work injuries and slips, trips or falls may also affect the psychological well-being of the victim and subsequently result in anxiety disorders.
If you are suffering from anxiety after sustaining an injury in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an Accident Advice Helpline adviser for advice on how to claim for compensation on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: March 6, 2014
Author: David Brown