Excessive, ongoing worry that is difficult to control and that interferes with your daily life may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. These symptoms can develop during childhood or adulthood. Living with anxiety can be a challenge, but therapy and/or medication can help! Therapy can help you make lifestyle changes, teach you coping skills, and help you learn about relaxation techniques. Two of the most common anxiety disorders I see are outlined below.

generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder may include:

  • Persistent, excessive worrying about a number of things
  • Overthinking plans and solutions
  • Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they aren't
  • Difficulty handling uncertainty
  • Indecisiveness
  • Inability to let go of a worry
  • Inability to relax
  • Feeling restless, keyed up, or on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating

Social anxiety disorder (SAD)

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder may include:

  • Fear of situations where you may be judged
  • Worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself
  • Intense fear of interacting with others
  • Fear that others will notice your anxiety
  • Fear of physical symptoms that may cause you embarrassment (blushing, sweating, trembling, or having a shaky voice)
  • Avoiding doing things or speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment
  • Avoiding situations where you might be the center of attention
  • Having anxiety in anticipation of a feared activity or event
  • Enduring a social situation with intense fear or anxiety
  • Analyzing your performance and identifying flaws in your interactions
  • Expecting the worst possible consequences during social situations


Mayo Clinic, 2018