Anxiety is experienced by all people at some times during life. Physical and/or emotional symptoms (see below) indicate the presence of anxiety. When anxiety is denied on the emotional level, physical distress may be the only symptom. The organ(s) presenting with physical symptoms are usually prone to physiological expressions of anxiety, e.g., the heart or bowel. Anxiety may also be disguised and may look like many other illnesses. It is important to obtain a medical check-up to rule out physical illnesses that may cause anxiety.
- Upset stomach
- Flushing of the skin
- Muscle twitching
- Lump in the throat
- Vision disturbance
- Pins and needles
- Derealization (sense that things are not real)
- Avoidance behavior
- Obsessive behavior
- Feelings of doom
Excessive anxiety or worry (apprehensive expectation) can lead to anxiety disorders, which can be treated and resolved. Although there are different types of anxiety disorders, the following self-evaluation is provided to help assess whether you may be suffering from a generalized anxiety disorder. (Please note that this self-evaluation does not replace a formal medical/psychiatric evaluation, as many of the symptoms listed may be due to other causes.)
If you answer yes to 2 or more of the following questions (only 1 item for children) or if you have concerns about any of the symptoms listed above, we recommend that you receive a medical check-up and/or an assessment from a trained professional. You may also call the Sierra Tucson Intake Department at 1-855.373.7752.
- Have you felt restless or keyed up or on edge the majority of days during the last six months?
- Have you been easily fatigued the majority of days during the last six months?
- Have you had difficulty concentrating or experienced your mind going blank the majority of days during the last six months?
- Have you felt irritable the majority of days during the last six months?
- Have you experienced muscle tension the majority of days during the last six months?
- Have you had difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep or experienced restless, unsatisfying sleep the majority of days/nights during the past six months?