How do I know I have anxiety?

Racing heart, panic attacks, or something like a shaky voice are all physical signs of anxiety. But there are other signs of anxiety more commonly occurring but often missed. Find out what our doctors say on how to know if you have anxiety. 

Reiterating past scenarios in your mind and thinking about how to “correct them.”

If you have gone through an unpleasant experience, perhaps you’ll ruminate about it sometime. And to most of us, it is entirely normal. 

But when you’ve anxiety, overthinking, or regretting how you handled or responded to past situations, it will make it worse.  

Reiterating scenarios over and over again will only cause more anxiety and completely overwhelm you. 

Being over-concerned about future events and trying to think of surprises that may jeopardise your plans 

This is called anticipatory anxiety, which revolves around fears and worries that you think can happen in the future. Whether at work or in your relationship, focusing a lot more than required on things you can’t predict is a sign of being anxious. 

These looping feelings can take a toll on your mental health because you’re only predicting “what could happen,” but it doesn’t necessarily mean that your predictions will come true. 

Using social isolation as a coping mechanism 

Social withdrawal can be anything like distancing yourself from friends and family, disconnecting from social apps, not responding to calls or messages, and even finding it way too hard to reply to emails. 

The feeling of withdrawal is itself a symptom of anxiety. Some people who deal with stress feel left alone. But, although you may give yourself some private time, it will only add to your worries when dealing with anxiety. Dealing with any sort of mental health issues is only good when done around people whom you trust. 

Being able to recognise your withdrawal as a sign of anxiety is the first step. Thinking of getting help is where your wellness begins. 

Second-guessing all the time 

When second-guessing becomes habitual, it can disrupt your peace and drive you over analyze practically everything.

Thinking about what is “right” and what is “wrong” constantly or believing there is a “perfect solution” to a problem is or can demonstrate a fear. And when this becomes repetitive, even while ordering food at a restaurant could be a sign of anxiety. 

Repetitive conflicts 

Whether at work or in your relationship, when conflicts often lead to disagreements and arguments, it can be signs of anxiety. 

Conflicts can trigger more anxiety, and you may find it challenging to resolve issues. 

Get involved with your mental wellness 

There are myriad other things that you might do when suffering from anxiety. Most often it is only the tip of the iceberg on how anxiety can affect you. 

At Duff Street Medical Clinic, our doctors work alongside our psychologist to provide the best care plans to help patients with a wide variety of mental health issues including anxiety. 

If you’re anxious about your mental health wellness, make an appointment to meet with one of our doctors for treatment

They can develop a Mental Health Plan and refer you to a specialist to help overcome your feelings and better manage your symptoms.