5 common symptoms of anxiety

5 common symptoms of anxiety
5 common symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most frequent pictures of our time. It implies, in short, an impulse to go faster than life. This implies always anticipating what will happen, both negative and positive. Anxiety pushes us to think of panoramas and outcomes that we do not know, to speed up the rhythms and processes, and many times to force them.


Anxiety aims to anticipate both what would cause enjoyment and what would be considered a danger. It is governed by the motto “everything and now” and it tends to flood with its climate of confusion. In this panorama of Everything and Now, the choice is difficult and the necessary processes for things to develop are not respected.

The state of anxiety is always one of expectation, most of the time anguished, about what might happen. Some anxiety is to be expected in life, because changes mobilize anxieties. Leaving everything in a continuity where there are no variations and we move on familiar terrain, neutralizes anxiety, but leaves us still, without the possibility of movement. Anxiety is part of change and becoming, but it must be restricted to specific moments, and the problem is present today because anxiety is usually the norm, it is permanently present, in a society that always need more stuff faster.

In moments of anxiety the psyche is instate of alertness and expectation. he cannot rest or relax, he is always waiting for something. And this situation brings, of course, an associated symptomatology.

Some of these symptoms will be described below. Although the spectrum is extremely broad, we will list 5 of them, which are very frequent in the tables that are most seen in queries today.

  • Short of breath. It is usually one of the most frequent symptoms and is characterized by difficulty breathing in and/or a feeling of oppression in the chest. This can escalate to a feeling of suffocation. It is a symptom that usually generates great fear, being enhanced and exacerbated by this associated fear.
  • Acceleration of thought. Chaos of ideas, multitude of tasks to be carried out that do not stop circulating in the mind, obstacles or potential future dangers that are repeated. It produces a feeling of discomfort, of not being able to relax and leads to difficulties to organize, to concentrate and to continue with daily tasks.
  • Palpitations. Fast heart rate or a feeling that the heart is not working as usual. This usually also generates fear that exacerbates the symptom.
  • Muscular tension. The constant state of alertness leads to tense muscles and, even without realizing it, the person is in permanent muscular contraction. This can lead, in cases of anxiety spikes, to contractures and muscle pain, which can bring other symptoms such as dizziness, for example.
  • Need to constantly move. Shake hands or legs for relief, make repetitive movements, or have to walk from one side to the other, or be full of activities, with difficulty sustaining moments of body relaxation and stillness.

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