Anxiety is a mental state characterised by feeling nervous, worried, tense, or frightened. It’s a natural response to situations that are scary, stressful, or challenging, and is something that everybody experiences from time to time.
It’s normal to feel anxious about an important presentation at university or at work or receiving the results of an examination or medical test, but in these kinds of situations, the anxious feeling is normally short-lived and goes away once the scary event has passed. Anxiety of this kind can be unpleasant but doesn’t usually require help from a doctor.
For some people anxiety is much more severe and can be diagnosed as a mental health disorder. You may suffer from an anxiety disorder if:
Anxiety is a condition that can cause physical and psychological symptoms, affecting how you think, feel, and behave.
Physical symptoms include:
Psychological symptoms include:
Speaking to a doctor to discuss your anxiety may result in a diagnosis, following which you might receive medication and/or counselling/therapy. Even if you do not receive a diagnosis, simply talking to a medical professional can put your mind at ease.
If you’re experiencing these kinds of symptoms, book an appointment to speak to a GP today with Doctor Care Anywhere about your anxiety.
Content reviewed by Jemma Shafier, a Doctor Care Anywhere