Many people experience anxiety in a generalised way (known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder). This means you find yourself worrying about a whole range of different things, across several areas of your life (for example: worrying about your relationship, worrying about your work, worrying about how you parent your children).
You worry primarily when around other people – particularly bigger groups of people or people you don’t know well.
Being super sensitive to any changes in your physical body, and then interpreting these changes as being part of symptoms of a serious health condition.
Your worries are about being able to perform under pressure, usually in a situation where others have expectations of you that you’re worried you can’t meet. This can include public speaking, anxiety over being on the stage as a musician or actor, ‘performing’ in meetings or in front of your boss, or performance in the bedroom.
Worrying that you can’t/won’t get enough sleep. This creates a cyclic effect where the worries themselves keep you awake night after night.
Panic attacks/Anxiety attacks
You experience very intense physical symptoms of anxiety, usually without any awareness of how those symptoms got started. Most commonly chest tightness and rapid breathing. Panic attacks can feel very scary and the worry about the physical symptoms you’re experiencing can cause you to feel like you’re having a heart attack, or dying.
Being incredibly afraid of a particular situation or object, e.g. claustrophobia (fear or small spaces) or a fear of snakes.
To help you recognise and understand the severity of anxiety you may be experiencing, Beyondblue has a helpful online checklist you can use. If you find yourself scoring highly on this checklist, we can help.