Common Anxiety Symptoms Infographic
If you have read some of my recent posts, you’ll know I have been struggling more than usual with my health anxiety. As this was happening, I connected with a good friend who also suffers from some serious health anxiety. She shared with me a picture that listed off common anxiety symptoms.
She told me it helped her whenever she began to worry about her health – she could look at the picture and remember that her racing heart or difficulty swallowing or whatever it was she experienced was a normal symptom of anxiety. Not anything more.
As I dealt with my own health anxiety, which did focus on things like difficulty breathing, tightness in chest, and heart rate among other issues, I found solace in that image she shared with me. So, inspired by it, I created my own little infographic shown above to help anyone else who may be worried about some of the ‘weird’ things happening in their body.
Other Common Anxiety Symptoms
This infographic is by no means exclusive. One of the websites that has helped me SO much in the past, Anxiety Center, lists 100 anxiety symptoms! Unfortunately, I am not exaggerating when I say I have experienced almost every. single. one.
Here are some other common anxiety symptoms you may have not heard of before:
- Pain in jaw – TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint)
- Pulsating, throbbing in ears
- Radiating pain in the left shoulder (mimicking a heart attack)
- Shooting chest pains
- Brain fog
- Depersonalization or derealization
- Memory loss
- Frustration, irritability, mood swings
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- slurred speech
For a full listing of anxiety symptoms, visit anxietycenter.com!
Of course, I am not a doctor and this is NOT medical advice. if you experience a new symptom you are worried about, there is no harm going to the doctor or a professional to see what’s going on.
If you’re like me and you have experienced these issues for years, they do not feel any less scary the 100th or 1000th time around. But recognizing them for what they are is one of the first steps to working through a panic attack!
Though I still struggle with many (maaaany) anxiety issues, for the first time in my life, I can stop a panic attack before it happens just by recognizing the “early warning” symptoms I get.