Anxiety: Common Symptoms

You may have anxiety if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Muscle tension
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • 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
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Erratic breathing patterns – shortness of breath or rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate – racing heart beat
  • Fatigue – physical or mental weariness
  • Insomnia
  • 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.

Additional Information about Anxiety

  1. Anxiety Overview
  2. Common causes of anxiety
  3. Help me choose a natural and alternative treatment for anxiety
  4. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations that may help in the treatment of anxiety
  5. Conventional or prescription medications used in the treatment of anxiety
  6. Additional Reading for anxiety

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