You may have anxiety if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Muscle tension
- Cold, clammy hands
- Difficulty swallowing due to decreased saliva production
- Hyper vigilance – overly aware, alert or jumpy due to nervous energy
- Gastrointestinal discomfort – pain or uneasiness in gut
- Increased blood pressure
- Erratic breathing patterns – shortness of breath or rapid breathing
- Increased heart rate – racing heart beat
- Fatigue – physical or mental weariness
- Irritability – easily annoyed or exasperated; touchiness or sensitivity
- Feelings of impending doom
- Feelings of unreality
- Numbness or tingling
- Hot flashes or chills
- Feelings of being out of control or going crazy1,10
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed when worry is present more days than not for at least 6 months.1 The diagnosis also requires that the symptoms not be attributable to a mood disorder (such as bipolar disorder) or a psychotic disorder (such as schizophrenia).13
The following tests and procedures may be used to determine the reasons for anxiety:
- Online Self-assessments – Self-assessments, such as the Candidiasis Self-assessment and the Magnesium Assessment, can help you determine some of the root cause(s) of your chronic conditions.
- Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis – An analysis of the stool can help rule out or diagnose underlying chronic conditions that may be causing anxiety as a symptom. You can buy a Stool Analysis kit online or ask your doctor about he or she conducting one for you.
- Blood tests – Blood analysis may help detect underlying vitamin, mineral, and amino acid deficiencies and/or hormonal imbalances that may be causing the symptoms of anxiety. Such tests should be conducted by a medical professional.