You ever had one of those days where you feel like pulling your hair out? Your kids are screaming, you are late for work, and there are cheerios all over your kitchen floor, and you just spilled coffee on your blouse. You aren’t the only one. Anxiety is something most people experience from time-to-time, and while there are normal levels of anxiety, the amount of people experiencing anxiety regularly in today’s modern fast-paced world has increased dramatically – at least 18% of American’s have some sort of anxiety disorder as a matter of fact!
It could be owing to the pressures of living up to a societal standard, or perhaps you feel overwhelmed by work, family and your personal life. Keep in mind moving to a new city, going through a breakup or switching jobs all add to one’s level of anxiety. Whatever it is, it is very important to do what you can to stay cool, calm and relaxed. This isn’t always easy, but there could be health ramifications if your anxiety goes unchecked.
In fact, Psychology Today has an online anxiety test here. It’s a fun little quiz meant for informational and entertainment purposes only, but it can give you an idea as to where your level of anxiety is.
Side-Effects of Anxiety
First and foremost, anxiety is a reaction to stress and can have both psychological and physical consequences. According to an article from Harvard Health Publications some of the symptoms include:
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Muscle pain
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Frequent urine or diarreah
- Muscle tension or twitches
- Feelings of apprehension or dread
- Pounding heart
The good news is there is help out there. While we recommend that you see your doctor should you suspect you have an anxiety disorder (as certified and licensed professionals are the only ones who can diagnose and treat patients), Psychology Today has an online anxiety test here. This test is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or for the treatment of any health condition.
Anxiety manifests itself in a number of ways, and the ramifications reach farther than your own person – it affects people around you, your work and your quality of life. If you feel you may have an anxiety disorder, it may be time to call your doctor or seek professional health – if left unchecked, it can increase your chance for depression, suicide or substance abuse. With intervention, people can manage their symptoms.
Wishing you all the best!