How do I know if I’m anxious?
Just like low mood, we all feel anxious in different ways. These are some of the common symptoms you may experience if you are feeling anxious.
Physical symptoms or changes:
Fatigue or weakness
Feeling tense and jumpy or restless
Shortness of breath
With your thoughts you might find yourself:
Expecting the worst or “catastrophising”
Having trouble concentrating or feeling like your mind has gone blank
Developing racing thoughts about what might go wrong
Your feelings can be:
Feelings of apprehension or dread
Feeling scared or frightened
Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
Frequently being on edge or grumpy
Your behaviour might be:
Making excuses so you don’t have to go out or do something
Avoiding the things that make you anxious – like going somewhere new
Withdrawing from friends and family
If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms and are concerned, talk to your doctor about getting some extra support.