We all get anxious or nervous from time to time—it’s normal to feel this way if you’re e.g. having trouble at work or have other problems in your life that need solving. A lot of situations can leave you jittery and nervous for days, but what’s important is to recognize if these feelings keep on returning on a daily basis and never go away.
For some, anxiety becomes so frequent or forceful, that it eventually takes over their lives. That’s when it stops being something normal and moves on to being something a bit more serious—generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
3 Signs That You Have Generalized Anxiety Disorder
GAD is the most common type of anxiety disorder, often accompanied by the following symptoms:
You constantly feel worried. The main sign of generalized anxiety disorder (which is the most common one) is excessive worry about everyday things, both big and small. This includes being anxious throughout almost the entire week, feeling fatigued, and having anxious thoughts interfere with your daily life.
Your body is under tension, too. In most cases, it’s not only your mind that will suffer from anxiety but also your body. Symptoms will differ from one person to another, but what you might feel is muscle tension, chronic indigestion, nausea, and even heart palpitations. You might also have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
You sometimes have panic attacks. Panic attacks are terrifying—there are no two ways about it. Aside from the crippling fear and feeling helpless, you may experience breathing problems, racing heart, sweating, weakness, chest pain, etc. Usually, people who often experience panic attacks will be diagnosed with a panic disorder, as well.