50 Signs of Anxiety

Anxiety is a word which is thrown around all of the time, so what it really means or looks like can get lost in everyday conversation. There is not just one look, behavior, or symptom associated with anxiety. There are so, so many ways in which it can be felt or seen, from physical sensations (e.g., tremors) to complex behaviors (e.g., rituals).


Anxiety is intense feelings of being afraid, nervous, tense or worried that are too strong for the situation, go on too long and get in the way of normal life.”


common anxiety symptoms infographic


  1. Dizziness
  2. Sweating
  3. Tremors or shaking
  4. Excessive worrying
  5. Rapid heartrate
  6. Dry mouth
  7. Restlessness/feeling “on edge”
  8. Fatigue or feeling run down
  9. Heart pounding
  10. Concentration issues
  11. Irritability
  12. Picking at skin/lips/nails
  13. Trouble staying and/or falling asleep
  14. Biting nails
  15. Anger/aggression
  16. Trouble breathing
  17. Panic or anxiety attacks
  18. Avoidance behaviors (e.g., avoidance of social situations)
  19. Irrational fears &/or phobias
  20. Racing thoughts
  21. Stomach aches
  22. Unwanted thoughts
  23. Chest tightness
  24. Hypervigilance
  25. Heart fluttering
  26. Feeling like throat is closing up
  27. Feeling of impending doom
  28. Numbness
  29. Muscle tension
  30. Nausea
  31. Outbursts when faced with separation or feared situations
  32. Urgency to go to the bathroom (frequent urination)
  33. Time seeming to slow down
  34. Blushing
  35. Depersonalization/disassociation
  36. Stomach cramps
  37. Poor memory
  38. Painful flashbacks
  39. Vomiting
  40. Feeling frozen to the spot
  41. Excessive checking/rechecking behaviors
  42. Overly critical of self
  43. Bathroom issues (e.g., diarrhea, constipation)
  44. Hair pulling
  45. Ringing ears
  46. Feeling of dying
  47. Blurred vision/eye strain
  48. Trouble with balancing
  49. Feeling of passing out
  50. Thinking danger is everywhere



Anxiety is not always obvious to outside observers, but for the person living with it, it can be a personal hell.


Do you relate to any of these?


Do you have any other signs or behaviors related to anxiety?



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Healthline 11 Signs of Anxiety

Psychoeducation- Anxiety <– Has great PDFs on anxiety & its signs!

3 thoughts on “50 Signs of Anxiety

    1. Those physical symptoms of anxiety can be pretty unsettling… and may lead to even MORE anxiety! AH! Perhaps I should create a follow-up post with different ways in which people combat anxiety/prevent it from escalating. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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