All about feeling anxious

Worried you have anxiety symptoms? Find out what anxiety is, and the key signs that anxiety is affecting someone. If this looks like you get directions on how to do something about it.

This can help if:

  • You often feel worried or like something bad is going to happen
  • You take a long time to get stuff done because it has to be perfect
  • You always think things will end badly or feel like you can never do things
  • You’re irritable and constantly in a bad mood
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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of worry or fear, and is a normal human response to a lot of situations. Everyone feels some anxiety at different times in life. It’s the way our body tries to keep us out of dangerous situations, and motivates us to solve problems. But if you feel so anxious that it gets in the way of you living your life, or causes a lot of distress- that’s a problem. If this is happening to you, you can do something about it.

Anxiety symptoms

Anxiety can affect both your physical health and your mental health and the symptoms might be short lived, or stay for a long time. It can cause you to:

  • Become worried or constantly feel something bad is going to happen
  • Often ask unnecessary questions, or need constant reassurance
  • Get upset when a mistake is made, or if there is a change of routine
  • Be a perfectionist, care too much about things being ‘just right’ 
  • Be argumentative, especially when you’re trying to avoid something that worries you
  • Become irritable or constantly in a bad mood

Common ways anxiety might affect your body:

  • Having dry mouth or difficulty swallowing
  • Experiencing nightmares
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Experiencing muscle aches and pains (especially neck, shoulders, back)
  • Feeling restless,  or trembling and shaking
  • Having a rapid heart and breathing rate
  • Experiencing sweating, dizziness, headache
  • Feeling sick – nauseous, vomiting, or having diarrhoea

What to do if you’re feeling anxious

There are a few things you can do to when anxiety is becoming a problem. You might need to change your lifestyle, learn some relaxation techniques, or if you think something more serious is going on, it's worth learning more about anxiety disorders.

If you're still not feeling better and it’s not going away, it might be wise to get an expert opinion on what’s going on and what to do about it. Check out some info on the treatment available for anxiety, and who can help you get the treatment you need. It can be hard to know where to find the right support you need. ReachOut NextStep is an anonymous online tool that recommends relevant support options based on what you want help with. Try ReachOut NextStep to learn about the support options available for you.

If you want to hear from others, watch this 3-minute video about feeling anxious. 

What can I do now?

Last reviewed: 04 April, 2016
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  • m-y93    (1043 days ago)

    Hey @Michael7 i too would agree with @EloiseRose i'm not sure but would assume that there is a link between the too! In saying that not everyone that has anxiety would be emotionally abusing others, people deal with different emotions differently. I would say getting help in general would be ideal and this could probably also help with your other concerns.

  • EloiseRose    (1046 days ago)

    Great question! Im personally not sure about the direct link between anxiety and emotional abuse but it may very well be related! If not related, i would say it would impact some aspects as Anxiety can manifest in a variety of ways and this might just be another way it presents. Getting help for anxiety regardless of the reason is a great idea to help long term mental health!

  • Michael7    (1048 days ago)

    very helpful, thank you. can this cause you to emotionally abuse people? and if so will getting help to stop being anxious stop your abuse?