What are signs of anxiety?

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While all of us worry sometimes, anxiety is prolonged and intense worry that interferes with your life and risks your wellbeing. 

Signs and symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Worrying so much that you can’t focus on daily tasks
  • Worrying that is so intense, you feel like you can’t live your life
  • Feelings of agitation, including increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, or rapid breathing
  • A feeling of impending danger when you consider the future
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Restlessness and trouble sleeping
  • Tense muscles 
  • Avoiding people, places, or activities because you assume something bad might happen

Forty million American adults, or about 18 percent of the population, have an anxiety disorder, making it the most common type of mental illness. There are several types of anxiety including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. It’s common for anxiety to co-occur with depression or other mental illnesses.

If any of these symptoms describe what you are experiencing, you can use Mental Health Match to connect with a therapist who can help you understand and manage your anxiety.