Anxiety Symptoms in Women: Knowing the Basics

                It is important to recognize anxiety symptoms in women.

            Anxiety is a psychological state that is characterized by abnormally intense feelings of worry and apprehension. While it is normal to feel nervous sometimes, anxiety goes beyond what is normal and rational, given the particular situation. Studies have shown that women are more likely to suffer from it than men.

            There are both physical and emotional anxiety attack symptoms in women:

  • ·         Rapid heartbeat
  • ·         Breathlessness
  • ·         Shaking or trembling
  • ·         Nausea or dizziness
  • ·         Clammy hands
  • ·         Full feeling in the throat or chest
  • ·         Fatigue
  • ·         Sleep problems
  • ·         Restlessness
  • ·         Irritability
  • ·         Inability to concentrate
  • ·         Feeling  doomed
  • ·         Excessive worrying

            Usually, these symptoms of anxiety are brought on by a stressful situation, but would later disappear, as the situation improves. However, in people with anxiety disorders, these physical and emotional symptoms occur together in such a way that they interfere with their ability to cope with their daily activities.

            There are different types of anxiety disorders, each with its own set of symptoms.

            A generalized anxiety disorder lasts for a period of six months or more and is characterized by an extreme amount of worrying. A person is said to be suffering from GAD if she has at least three of the following symptoms:

  • Getting tired easily
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep problems
  • Personality changes
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Inability to focus

            Another type of anxiety disorders is phobic disorders which are characterized by recurrent and intense fear of certain things and situations. Examples of phobias are claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and acrophobia (fear of heights). Often, these fears cause panic attacks in people, when they are faced with the object of their fear. Agoraphobia is another phobia which may result from the fear of having panic attacks. It is the fear of being in a difficult situation where help is unavailable or where getting help is embarrassing.

            Post- traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that stems from a traumatic incident or circumstances in a person’s life such as war, child abuse and rape. Symptoms are the following:

  • Avoidance behaviors
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Hypervigilance

            If you think that you may have an anxiety disorder, seek the help of a professional. Professional treatment may involve your physician, or a psychiatrist or psychologist. Treatment of anxiety disorders may consist of any or a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and support group therapy. There are also natural remedies and techniques that you can explore such as relaxation and meditation, hypnosis, avoiding stress and getting enough rest and exercise. Dietary changes such as including more fatty fish acids in your diet may also contribute to your emotional and mental health and well-being.

            Knowing the anxiety symptoms in women is only the first step in your journey. If you have these symptoms, do not forget that you do not need to stay that way. There are professionals who are willing to help you. The rest is up to you.

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