What does anxiety look like?

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety affects us all at different points in our lives. Typically, we feel anxious when we are faced with something stressful or frightening like a first date or a public speech. These feelings are normal. Anxiety commonly manifests itself in physical symptoms such as chest pain, headaches, and involuntary trembling.

However, anxiety should not affect your ability to work, study or maintain relationships. If these symptoms persist throughout the events of everyday life and affect your ability to complete even the most mundane tasks, you could be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

The main differences between everyday anxiety and an anxiety disorder include:


Anxiety is a normal response to something that may take you out of your comfort zone or make you nervous, like public speaking or an upcoming test. However, if you’re feeling anxious most of the time, and the source of the stress isn’t clear, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.


Anxiety causes an excessive emotional response that typically sets in a few hours prior to a date, a test or anything else that may cause it. For someone living with an anxiety disorder, that anxious feeling may set in several weeks before, and continue up until it’s over.


Inability to focus on work and important daily tasks can be a legitimate struggle for someone living with an anxiety disorder. Often times, the anxiety may hold them back from engaging in important responsibilities all-together.

Anxiety is a blanket term for many distinct disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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