JAM | Jun 15, 2023

Wellness Watch: Five signs that you may be struggling with anxiety disorder

Vanassa McKenzie

Vanassa McKenzie / Our Today

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Have you ever experienced a feeling of fear or nervousness that prevented you from carrying out your daily activities? Do you experience a challenge in getting a good night’s rest? Well, these are some warning signs that you may be suffering from anxiety disorders and should speak to your healthcare provider.

Anxiety disorder refers to a constant feeling of fear or anxiety that interfere with daily life. While anxiety is a normal feeling everyone experiences at some point in their life, an anxiety disorder can lead to severe challenges such as depression, insomnia, substance misuse, heart problems and digestive diseases.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides information on health-related topics, factors such as childhood trauma, stress, family history, physical conditions and drug or alcohol misuse increases the risk of developing anxiety disorders.

There are several types of anxiety disorders which include generalized anxiety disorder, a mental condition that causes a feeling of constant fear or worry; panic disorder, an intense feeling of anxiety that causes symptoms such as an increase in the heart rate, excessive sweating and breathing challenges; phobias, a fear of certain situations and social anxiety disorder which is a fear of social problems.

Difficulty concentrating

When the mind is preoccupied with worry or fear, this shifts the focus from daily tasks such as work, the family or daily tasks.

Undoubtedly, worry and fear does more harm than good by robbing individuals of precious time that could be otherwise spent being productive but instead increases the chance of persons becoming ill due to stress.

A lack of concentration is one of the most common warning signs of anxiety disorder. If you find yourself persistently worrying about the future and situations that are beyond your control, then you should speak to someone who you can confide in or a healthcare provider.


Anxiety disorders can cause individuals to feel tired all the time with little energy to complete daily tasks. This is because anxiety cause a change in the body’s energy level which can cause individuals to be physically and mentally drained.

Mood swings

If you persistently feel dreary in your spirit or irritable without being able to explain why you feel this way, then you may be experiencing a mood swing.

An anxiety disorder may also cause a change in your mood because stress hormones can affect an individual’s mood. When the stress hormones affect other hormones in the body this can cause a fluctuation of emotions which is commonly known as mood swings.

Difficulty sleeping

Anxiety disorder and sleep are connected in one way or another. Anxiety disorder can result in a lack of sleep while not getting enough sleep can cause anxiety. The feeling of constant fear and worry can result in sleepless nights because the mind becomes unsettled and is trying to process the emotions that you are experiencing.

Therefore, the aim is to ensure that you get a good night’s rest (between 7 to 9 hours) to ward off certain illnesses or health challenges such as anxiety disorder. If you find that you are having trouble sleeping then you should speak to your doctor to discuss the best treatment for this challenge.

Muscle pain

Muscle tension and heavy breathing are two common symptoms that are associated with anxiety disorder. Constant stress and worry can cause the muscles in the body to become tense which can lead to pain and stiffness.

Stress can build tension in the neck and shoulder muscles which can be both painful and uncomfortable.

Stress can also lead to other health complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

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