Do you have an anxiety disorder? Here are the symptoms 

Everyone experiences anxiety occasionally; it's a normal feeling that can be brought on by a variety of situations like giving an important presentation, making a big decision or even confronting someone about a problem. But if you start feeling anxious about everyday situations, and this anxiety is often intense and persistent, the Mayo Clinic says you may have an anxiety disorder.
According to the Mayo Clinic, these feelings of anxiety are difficult to control, interfere with everyday activities and are way out of proportion to the actual danger of a situation. The anxiety may even cause you to avoid certain places or situations altogether, severely interfering with your normal life.
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Types of anxiety disorders
There are different but equally disabling forms of anxiety:
Panic disorder. This type of anxiety involves feelings of terror that come on suddenly. WebMD says the symptoms of panic disorder include sweating, chest pain, palpitations and even a feeling of choking. Sometimes it feels like a heart attack.
Social anxiety disorder. This form of anxiety is also referred to as social phobia, and it causes overwhelming worry and self-consciousness in normal social situations. WebMD says the worrying is often fueled by a fear of being judged or making a fool of yourself. 
Generalized anxiety disorder. WebMD explains that this type of anxiety is overwhelming and excessive worry, even when there is little or nothing to worry about.
Specific phobias. This kind of an anxiety is brought on by fear of specific things or situations and may cause you to avoid them altogether, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Obsessive compulsive disorder.  This form of anxiety compels you to repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines (compulsions) to try and ease your anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). 
Post-traumatic stress disorder. This form of anxiety is the result of a traumatic situation, which the ADAA explains can lead to flashbacks, nightmares or intrusive memories when something bad happens. 
Symptoms of an anxiety disorder
When you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you feel overwhelming worry about unrealistic and even hypothetical situations. But there are also some physical reactions to anxiety that you should be aware of, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly, or hyperventilating 
- Sweating
- Experiencing nausea or gastrointestinal problems
- Trembling
- Feeling weak or tired
- Having trouble concentrating, or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Having trouble sleeping
- Having difficulty controlling worry
- Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
Panic attacks can also be a major indicator of an anxiety disorder. A panic attack is a sudden overwhelming feeling of terror that can lead you to have several of the following symptoms, according to WebMD:
- Racing heart
- Feeling weak, faint or dizzy
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
- Sense of terror, or impending doom or death
- Feeling sweaty or having chills
- Chest pains
- Breathing difficulties
- Feeling a loss of control
Treatments for anxiety disorder
The Mayo Clinic says the two main treatments for anxiety disorders are psychotherapy and medications. You may benefit from a combination of the two.
Psychotherapy, otherwise known as talk therapy or counseling, involves speaking with a therapist to help reduce the anxiety at hand.  The Mayo Clinic explains that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is usually the most effective, and the short-term treatment focuses on teaching you the skills to improve your symptoms.
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There are also certain medications that have proven to help those suffering from anxiety disorders. The Mayo Clinic says some antidepressants can help, but an antianxiety medication can also be prescribed. For those who suffer very severe symptoms, and in limited circumstances, a sedative may even be administered. It's important to talk to your doctor to see what medications are right for you.
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