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Anxiety is a normal human emotion that is characterized by worry, tension, and physical  symptoms like increased heart rate, rapid breathing, upset stomach, and feeling hot and sweaty. It is common to experience temporary anxiety before a stressful situation; such as before a performance or speech, preparing for an important test, or before a date. Anxiety becomes problematic when it feels out of proportion to the event, prolongs past the event, and impairs the individual's ability to perform or function in daily life.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

These are some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety, however everyone may experience anxiety differently.

  • Excess worry that interferes with daily functioning

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on edge

  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating

  • Feeling irritable 

  • Problems falling asleep or staying asleep

  • Muscle tension (such as clinching or tightness in the chest)

  • Rapid heartbeat or rapid breathing

  • Feeling nauseous or experiencing an upset stomach

  • Fatigue 

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