Anxiety is a normal part of human emotional experience. However, when your anxious thoughts begin to interfere with sleep, work or daily activities, you need to seek professional support.
According to MedicineNet.com, anxiety is defined as a feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating and feelings of stress.
Common symptoms that are associated with anxiety are a feeling of apprehension or powerlessness, a lingering sense of danger or panic, heart pounding in the chest, sweating, trembling and feeling weak.
People suffering with anxiety disorder may feel ashamed because the wider community doesn’t understand how it impacts their daily existence.
Recurring negative thoughts can show up in daily life. Below are quotes from real people who are living with anxiety. They want you to know what it is like for them.
“I do realize the things I worry about are ridiculous. Even though I’m aware, I can’t just stop it.” — Erika Strojny Myers
“I might look like I’m doing nothing, but in my head I’m quite busy.” — Diane Kim
“You can’t just stop worrying. There is no ‘on’ or ‘off’ switch.” — Kim Derrick-Bené
“Even though we look OK on the outside, our anxiety is wreaking havoc on our insides.” — Cynthia Adams McGrath
“Anxiety and worrying are not the same things.” — Amy Hrynyk
“Just because you don’t understand doesn’t mean my fears aren’t real.” — Vicki Happ
“My mind is my enemy, so I need you on my side. Sometimes I even need you to fight alongside me.” — Erin Farmer-Perrine
The quotes come from the website the mighty.com, “31 Secrets of People Who Live With Anxiety”.
People living with anxiety disorder can also suffer from physical symptoms like being totally overwhelmed or exhausted. Here are some of the thoughts people living with anxiety deal with.
“After a hectic day, especially after being in crowds or dealing directly with multiple people, I have a ‘people hangover’ the next day. I need alone time to reboot from all the energy used. I have to rest and reset my mind. If I don’t, I will become bone-tired, overwhelmed and moody.” — Lisa Shuey