Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention.

It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. 

But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, find it lasting more days than not and its interfereing with your everyday life.  The problem isn’t so much having anxiety, it’s the duration and intensity of the anxiety. 

Loss of connection results in anxiety, anger, and protest behaviors, followed eventually by depression and detachment. Anxious clinging or defensive distancing can be seen in both adults and children and can become habitual, reality-defining responses.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety feels different depending on the person experiencing it. Feelings can range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart. You might feel out of control, like there’s a disconnect between your mind and body. 

Other ways people experience anxiety include nightmares, panic attacks, and painful thoughts or memories that you can’t control. You may have a general feeling of fear and worry, or you may fear a specific place or event. 

Symptoms of general anxiety include: 

  • increased heart rate

  • rapid breathing

  • restlessness

  • trouble concentrating

  • difficulty falling asleep

Your anxiety symptoms might be totally different from someone else’s. That’s why it’s important to know all the ways anxiety can present itself.