Stress and anxiety are normal physical responses that help us deal with difficult situations. Normally, the physical reaction goes away after your challenge has passed.
However, if your feelings of stress or anxiety are persistent and affect your everyday life, it may help to try mental health strategies.
When stress and/or anxiety turn into constant and chronic worrying that disturbs your everyday life, it may be diagnosed as an anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder1
- Feeling restless, nervous, or irritable
- Difficulty concentrating
- Being easily fatigued
- Muscle tension
- Trouble sleeping
- Gastrointestinal discomfort (e.g., nausea, diarrhea)
- Frequent sweating
1 Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada