There are times when we all feel a bit anxious over events or circumstances in our lives, but with an anxiety disorder, the fear is more intense and can be quite persistent. That anxiety can blossom into a panic attack that can leave you feeling breathless and overwhelmed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help to have someone tell you that your fears are out of proportion to any real danger.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Feelings of nervousness or tension
  • Feeling like a cloud of doom is hanging over your head
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling week or tired
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Uncontrolled worry
  • Avoidance behaviors

PTSD often comes with high levels of anxiety. Panic attacks are not uncommon, and if you feel like you are worrying too much so it is interfering with your work, relationships, or other life areas, it’s time to check into treatments. Don’t put off going for help as it may be more difficult to treat if you wait. Staying active can reduce your worries – do things that make you feel good about yourself. And, avoid alcohol or drug use as it can make the problem worse.

Anxiety can be controlled; treatments work! If your anxiety is getting the best of you, talk to your doctor. Life doesn’t have to be filled with fear and discomfort.