Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in every 13 people suffers from an anxiety disorder.
What is Anxiety?
Everyone gets anxious once in a while – it’s a normal part of life. Anxiety, a “built-in” mechanism of the brain, can even be healthy for us. For example, when we are postponing an important project, anxiety is there to help us move our butts. Anxiety ceases to be healthy when it is persistent, unmanageable and disturbing. Doctors describe a person as having an anxiety disorder.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) defines anxiety disorders as “psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry.” Common symptoms of all anxiety disorders include:
- Cold in the hands or feet
- Difficulty to sleep
- Dry mouth
- Inability to keep calm
- Heart palpitations
- Shallow breathing and chest tightness
- Stomach problems
- Restlessness, fear or panic
Anxiety Disorders Include the Following Conditions:
– Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): Excessive and unnecessary tension and worry for no reason.
– Social anxiety disorder: Extreme nervousness or fear of being judged criticized or ridiculed by other people. Also known as social phobia.
– Panic disorder: Sudden feelings of fear and danger, resulting in symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, choking sensation and fast heartbeat.
« Anxiety is very similar to that of a small child. He never stops talking. It tells you that you are wrong in everything and wakes you up at 3 in the morning. “- Unknown
Signs of Hidden Anxiety:
Although anxiety disorders are very common, the diagnosis of the condition is not: estimates estimate only about one third (33 percent) of all anxiety disorders diagnosed as such. Here are 8 potential signs that someone is dealing with hidden anxiety:
1. They are Always Stressed:
“Visible tension may be the most common external sign of anxiety”.
The fight or flight response, which is very active in the brain of an anxious person, often causes noticeable strain on the hands, neck, jaw and shoulders. As we will see later, tension also spreads throughout the body, which can explain the nervous movements of the fingers, feet and legs.
2. Sudan a Lot:
Anxiety (and depression) is commonly related to hyperhidrosis, a sweating disorder that affects between 2-3% of the population. A person with anxiety is more likely to have sweaty palms and perspire around the armpits. The condition is embarrassing for many working adult professionals, who often must interact with co-workers and clients.
3. Complaint of Stomach Problems:
As stated, anxiety tension affects almost all areas of the body, including the stomach and intestines. It is worth mentioning here that the nervous system and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are always communicating. When the brain is anxious, so is the stomach. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal condition often associated with chronic anxiety. IBS is characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain, swelling, constipation, diarrhea and gas.
4. Are Highly Reactive:
Highly anxious people, as has been said, are always at the limit – a manifestation of a nervous system that has gone mad. When the fight or flight system is active, the brain continuously searches for external threats. Someone with hidden anxiety can get scared without a good reason, such as when someone says his name or walks near him.
5. Require a Meaning of Control:
Anxious people do what they can to eliminate or prevent stress. To achieve this, people with anxiety try to control their world as much as possible. Paradoxically, the desire to control things goes wrong, which often results in more anxiety.
6. Limit or Avoid Social Situations:
Social anxiety disorder can severely limit the ability to make friends, establish links and advance professionally. Social anxiety disorder, which affects approximately 15 million adults, is “intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated or rejected in a social or performance situation.” People with SAD sometimes also limit their social interactions (talking) for fear of looking silly.
7. The Worst of the Cases is Always Imaged:
Also known as catastrophic, another hidden tendency of people with an anxiety disorder is to expect the worst possible outcome. The subconscious mind tells the person that there is a serious danger to avoid, even when there is none. As a result of this trend, events that could (or should) be seen as positive are perceived in the opposite light. People who register do not like surprises.
8. They Look Depressed:
Be careful here, as some people are more reserved and serious than others. However, depression and anxiety typically develop as a tandem disorder. Therefore, anxious people may have some or many symptoms of depression. The joint development of anxiety and depression helps explain, at least in some cases, why anxious people are often able to “hide” their symptoms.
Although someone you know can manifest many of the behaviors mentioned in this article, this does not necessarily confirm that they have anxiety. However, if you believe they may be hiding feelings of severe anxiety, show them unconditional support. You may suggest that they consider seeking professional help. However, above all, make sure they understand that you care about them and that you will stay there for them no matter what happens.