Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, it usually passes once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.
Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don't subside – when they're ongoing and exist without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life.
There are different anxiety conditions, each with their own set of symptoms. Only a health professional can provide a diagnosis and advice on treatment – visiting your GP is a good first step if you're unsure.
Some common general symptoms include:
- hot and cold flushes
- racing heart
- tightening of the chest
- obsessive thinking
- compulsive behaviour
- ‘snowballing’ worries.
Find out more about different types of anxiety, treatment options, and who can provide support.