Anxiety is a condition where your fear or worry does not go away and can worsen over the course of time. It can negatively impact your life to the point where it can interfere with daily activities such as relationships, work, and the pursuit of enjoyable activities. What does anxiety feel like? Some anxiety is normal, like getting a little nervous over an upcoming event like a major event.

A useful way of distinguishing normal anxiety from an anxiety disorder is to determine the cause of your symptoms and then examine whether your symptoms are a proportional response. Exaggerated fears, worries, or intrusive thoughts that interfere with your daily functioning might indicate the possibility of an anxiety use disorder. It is not uncommon to feel isolated and misunderstood while struggling with anxiety.

Some symptoms that might indicate an anxiety-related disorder include the following:

  • Excessive anxiety or worry
  • Unrealistic thoughts about problems
  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep