Anxiety symptoms

Written by Lise Kryger. Posted in Anxiety, Blog

How do I know that the feeling in my body is anxiety?Anxiety symptoms

Is it anxiety symptoms if I’m shy?

The shy feeling feels like I’m constrained. I get shy when I feel exposed and looked at areas in my life where I feel there should have been closed shutters. I can feel shy if I should expose myself to emotional exposure that comes behind me. Shyness is a way that my feelings takes care of myself. Shyness feels strained and embarrassing. My body responds,  I crumb my toes, buckles in muscles and blush. My neck cramps and I lose voice due to tension in the neck.

Am I not good enough? – my thoughts concernsabout. My thoughts tells me that I am being silly, and why can’t I just be a little more tough and cool? A kind of ashamed for being who I am. But I continue and go through actions and situations while I hide myself.

Being anxious is not the same as being shy. But social anxiety can be mistaken for extreme shyness, because the symptoms are very similar. Social anxiety disorder is when I feel an extreme urge to either flee, fight or “play dead” when dealing with others. As shy I was not afraid to be with others, but I was not comfortable with the situation and often felt discomfort. Social anxiety caused me to avoid situations that simply “reminded” me that I was in when I felt fear. Hence social phobia – social avoidance.


Sometimes the border between strong nervousness and anxiety was floating and I have found it difficult to distinguish whether it was one or another I was in. Anxiety or nervous? We are all nervous, and it is again a natural defense we have to take care of ourselves. Without nervousness we would have difficulty assessing risk and danger, and we use the nervousness and discomfort it gives to pull back and assess the situation before we continue. Nervousness gives us increased adrenaline in the body that makes us give our best in pressure situations. We run faster, we think faster and our senses become sharper.

Anxiety and nervousness are close to each other. But there is a difference. Anxiety is when the nervousness tilts over and when thoughts running around in your head and you can no longer think. When anxiety becomes so strong that the body no longer works but stiffens and shakes instead of being quick and strong. Anxiety and nervousness differs by nervousness lifts you (even if it may not feel quite nice), however, fear paralyzes and destroys your ability to cope in the given situation and a strong urge to escape from the situation / or stiffen.

When you feel nervous, you are often well aware of why. There may be situations that make you insecure and that tells you that you are not at home. Fear is often irrational and the cause is usually difficult to recognize and place.


Are you afraid – or are you anxious? If you are afraid there are probably a reason for it. Although there are no ghosts as you may well feel afraid because the feeling is directed at something you know you are guaranteed to experience as frightening if you met in reality. Anxiety is when you are oppressed and fear that something terrible will happen, but you are diffuse about what it is when it is or why it is. Eg. to be afraid that something will happen in the future regardless of the odds against.

Anxiety or fear of spiders? Both words are used, and it can be difficult to distinguish whether it is one or another. The adults can also be afraid – is not the same as the adults can also be anxious. Being scared is more concrete and aimed at one thing, situation or something you can act on. Fear is paralyzing and diffuse.

Is it Stress?

Are you stressed or anxious? How do you notice what is what? Wherein lies the difference? For my part, I have sometimes been in doubt where the line went. The stress I feel when my resources are less than the demands and expectations placed on me. I feel that I first get a stress condition which is beneficial, it causes me to do more, feel more, think clearer and be more enduring. But this stress can turn to physical symptoms become too obvious and begins to inhibit me and impede my performance. This state of stress can almost feel like anxiety. However, there is a difference. For me, the difference is where the stress has clear reasons, and by reducing these levels to a more manageable level decreases stress symptoms similar. It can be difficult when stress is a chronic disorder, which may well follow as a consequence of anxiety. But while I listen to my body and my stress symptoms then it is not certain my anxiety disappears. Fear can still lie and lurk – good enough for less risk of breaking out of an anxiety attack, but the fear is still in the amygdala (part of the brain that remembers and stores uncomfortable situations) and therefore there is a difference.

In order to anxiety can be minimized must the amygdala be convinced to understand that there is no danger. This can be done at exposures repetitions of the fearful situation in a way so that the defeat lead to success and thereby new interpretations of the situation.

For me it has taken many years to learn my symptoms to know, but the more I am aware of what is what – the easier it is for me to take steps accordingly.

How do you feel the anxiety symptoms? Please comment below!

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