Symptoms of mental disorders: are you struggling from a mental illness (anxiety)?



Previously, we discussed the implications of depression and its effects on everyday lifestyle. One that has depression has difficulty maintaining a normal, everyday lifestyle and it affects the way one thinks and acts. Similarly, anxiety is another mental disorder that is very common, and its effects could also impact everyday life.


In this article, we will be discussing anxiety and anxiety disorders.


According to psychology.org, anxiety disorders affect nearly 30% of adults at some point in their life. It is said that over 40 million adults in the United States, or 19.1% have an anxiety disorder, and most develop symptoms before age 21 (nami.org).


As the figures state, anxiety is a very important issue to address. Millions, today, are struggling with anxiety. But, how do we know if someone is struggling with anxiety?


Some symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense

  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom

  • Having an increased heart rate

  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)

  • Sweating

  • Trembling

  • Feeling weak or tired

  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems

  • Having difficulty controlling worry

  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Source: mayoclinic.org


There are several types of anxiety that exist, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder, or Social Anxiety Disorder. These are some of the more common anxiety disorders that are prevalent throughout teens and young adults today, but more do exist. Phobias are also a part of anxiety disorders.


If you suspect that you or someone close to you is struggling with an anxiety disorder, it is important to reach out to a healthcare professional or a psychologist for diagnosis and treatment options.