Anxious is a feeling just like sad and happy. This is why it is a bit difficult to distinguish a simple nervous or anxious feeling with a serious anxiety disorder.
How can you tell if your everyday stress is a complicated health disorder?
Here are more than 10 signs that you have an anxiety disorder.
1: Excessive worry
The hallmark of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)—the broadest type of anxiety—is worrying too much about everyday things, large and small. But what constitutes “too much”?
In the case of GAD, it means having persistent anxious thoughts on most days of the week, for six months. Also, the anxiety must be so bad that it interferes with daily life and is accompanied by noticeable symptoms, such as fatigue.
“The distinction between an anxiety disorder and just having normal anxiety is whether your emotions are causing a lot of suffering and dysfunction,” says Sally Winston, PsyD, co-director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorder Institute of Maryland in Towson.