Awareness of Anxiety – Signs and Symptoms

Anxiety is a commonly used term in mental health and is often a symptom under larger umbrella terms such as Depression or PTSD. Anxiety can appear as the following symptoms:

  • Quick to startle (Note: this is significantly different for correctional professionals as previously noted)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches
  • Difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching
  • Irritability
  • Sweating, nausea, lightheadedness
  • Digestive trouble – constipation or frequent need to go

It is important to note that anxiety can be commonly accompanied by alcohol or substance use to mask anxiety symptoms. Treatment of substance use must be addressed in order to effectively treat the anxiety itself.

For more on Anxiety and all variations of anxiety check out information at the National Institute of Mental Health