The past year has been filled with anxiety for many due to the pandemic. However, for individuals with anxiety disorders, experiencing persistent anxiety and unhappiness is an ongoing part of their daily lives, irrespective of external circumstances. In the United States alone, around 40 million adults are affected by anxiety disorders, yet less than 40% receive proper medical treatment.
At Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Melita Tate offers confidential, patient-centered care for anxiety, focusing on a holistic approach that addresses the patient’s overall health and lifestyle to achieve effective and lasting results. Anxiety disorders, like other mood disorders, are treatable, but the first step is recognizing the presence of the disorder.
Uncovering Lesser-Known Symptoms of Anxiety:
While some signs and symptoms of anxiety, such as worry, are easily recognizable, there are lesser-known indicators that may suggest the presence of an anxiety disorder. Lightheadedness and anxiety is one example of a sign often missed. Being aware of these symptoms can help individuals identify their condition or recognize it in their loved ones.
- Persistent muscle tension is a common response to stress and anxiety. Over time, this tension can lead to muscle strain, resulting in achiness in the arms, legs, shoulders, or neck. Habits like clenching jaws, teeth grinding, or maintaining hunched postures can cause headaches and significant muscle pain. Some individuals with anxiety may also experience muscle twinges or twitches due to being in a continual state of strain.
- Difficulty in relaxing is a common challenge for those experiencing anxiety. As a result, individuals may engage in constant fidgeting or unnecessary tasks, using up spare time that could be better utilized for much-needed relaxation. Examples include twitching feet or tapping fingers, as individuals with anxiety tend to keep one part of their bodies in motion.
- Anxiety can significantly impact the digestive system. Chemicals associated with anxiety can interfere with normal digestion, leading to symptoms such as bellyaches, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, bloating, or even irritable bowel syndrome. Depending on the individual, appetite may decrease or increase, leading to “stress eating” behaviors.
Feeling faint or dizzy:
- Lightheadedness often accompanies anxiety, with research indicating that almost one-third of individuals experiencing dizziness symptoms also have an anxiety disorder. Hyperventilation and rapid fluctuations in blood pressure, common in anxious individuals, can contribute to dizziness. Additionally, the vestibular system, responsible for balance and dizziness, is affected by anxiety. While being light headed and anxiety go hand in hand; there are cases where they are unrelated.
- Anxiety consumes a significant amount of mental resources, making it difficult to concentrate on other tasks. Individuals with anxiety may struggle to focus at work or school, experiencing difficulty in making even minor decisions. Collectively known as “brain fog,” these cognitive challenges are common symptoms of chronic anxiety.
Take Charge of Your Life:
While excessive worrying is a prominent sign of an anxiety disorder, it’s important to be aware of other symptoms as well. Over time, these symptoms can greatly impact physical and emotional health, overall quality of life, and relationships. Don’t allow anxiety to dominate your happiness and well-being. Take the first step towards treatment by contacting Grassroots Healthcare or using our convenient online form to schedule an appointment and discover how we can assist you in reclaiming control over your life