Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam or having a medical test or job interview.

Feeling anxious is sometimes perfectly normal. However, people with anxiety find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and often affect their daily life. There are several conditions for which anxiety is the main symptom, OCD being one of them, others include panic disorder, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder which can all cause severe anxiety.

The psychological (mental) symptoms of anxiety include: feeling worried or uneasy a lot of the time, having difficulty sleeping, which makes you feel tired, not being able to concentrate, being irritable, feeling on edge or not being able to relax, needing frequent reassurance from other people and feeling tearful.

Feeling anxious can not only affect you emotionally, it can also cause physical symptoms, such as a pounding heartbeat, palpitations (an irregular heartbeat), feeling sick, chest pains, headaches, sweating, loss of appetite or ‘butterflies’ in your stomach.

There is currently no content classified with this term.

Copyright © 2004-2017 OCD-UK.
Charity Registration Number: 1103210
OCD-UK, Marble Hall (Office 5), 80 Nightingale Road, Derby DE24 8BF

OCD-UK is a non-profit making charity and not associated with any other organisation. Medical information is provided for education/information purposes only, you should obtain further advice from your doctor. Any links to external websites have been carefully selected, however we are not responsible for the content of these third party websites.