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Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety*

Physical

  • Pounding heart, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, and blushing
  • Rapid, shallow breathing, and shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, headache, sweating, tingling, and numbness
  • Choking, dry mouth, stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Muscle aches and pains (especially neck, shoulders, and back), restlessness, tremors, and shaking

Psychological

  • Unrealistic or excessive fear and worry (about past and future events)
  • Racing thoughts or mind going blank
  • Decreased concentration and memory
  • Indecisiveness 
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Anger
  • Confusion
  • Feeling on edge
  • Nervousness
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Vivid Dreams

Behavioral

  • Avoidance of situations
  • Obsessive or compulsive behavior
  • Distress in social situations
  • Phobic behavior
  • Increased use of alcohol or other drugs

* According to American Psychiatric Association. (2000)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental  Disorders, fourth edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association

The symptoms are similar in both adults and youth.  Some anxiety symptoms are particularly common in youth.  These symptoms include worry in general, but particularly worry about what others think of them, fear in social situations, and anxiety about past imperfections.