Everyone feels anxious sometimes. You might fret about the future or feel nervous before a first date. But some people feel anxious all of the time — or at least it seems like it. For people with an anxiety disorder, their anxious feelings can be so frequent or severe that they interfere with their everyday lives. But how can you tell whether your anxiety is normal or if it’s a diagnosable condition?
Anxiety is often joked about, but it’s really nothing to look at lightly. These disorders can make it difficult for those suffering from them to go about their daily lives; they can interfere with job performance, school, and personal relationships. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it is estimated that more than 19 percent of Americans are living with an anxiety disorder. And approximately 31.1 percent of adults in the United States will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.
That’s nearly one-third of the population — and yet, awareness of anxiety and what it really looks like could still be improved. Though anxiety cannot be cured necessarily, it can be treated with proper access to mental health care. But before anxiety can be treated, the person suffering needs to know that they may have a mental condition and can reach out for help. These 15 signs are common indicators of an anxiety disorder.