Anxiety is a typical response when you’re experiencing stressful events throughout your life. For example, if you’re experiencing financial problems, starting a new family, or changing jobs, you may experience some modicum of anxiety. However, if the anxiety symptoms persist or exasperate beyond their trigger and interfere with your everyday life, then you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Because persistent anxiety can be debilitating, it’s essential to recognize the symptoms and learn how to manage them. In this article, we’ll discuss five signs you may have a general anxiety disorder.
1: Avoidance of Social SituationsIf you find yourself avoiding social situations, you may be exhibiting signs of social anxiety. For example, if you feel:
- Fearful or anxious when social events are approaching.
- Worrisome about facing scrutinization or judgment by others.
- Fearful about experiencing humiliation or embarrassment in front of others.
- An intense need to avoid specific social situations as a result of these worries or fears.