Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.

This page is about Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of issues rather than one specific issue.

Symptoms:

Psychological Symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • A sense of dread
  • Feeling constantly ‘on edge’
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability

Physical Symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle aches and tension
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach ache
  • Feeling sick
  • Headache
  • Pins and needles
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

When to see your GP about GAD:

Although sometimes anxiety can be a completely normal emotion, if you feel that it is affecting your every day life or causing you a lot of distress it is best to go and visit your GP for further advice.