The signs your friend could be secretly suffering from anxiety
-Apr 10, Hannah Hargrave, Mind -
It’s easy to hand your friend a tissue when she has a cold but if she’s suffering from a mental health problem it’s not only harder to help, it’s difficult to spot too. Here are the signs your loved one might be quietly suffering at the hands of anxiety.
We all get anxious from time to time. It’s our body’s natural way of warning us of trouble and preparing to deal with it. But for some of us this system springs into action when it’s not needed.
Feeling worried, fearful and uneasy on a regular basis can severely impact daily life and make every single day a struggle. But all too often people suffering from anxiety suffer in silence.
Know what anxiety looks like so you can help care for loved ones who may be too scared to open up.
They’re tense and jittery
Somebody suffering from anxiety might have muscle tension. If you notice your friend is often clenching their jaw, tapping their feet or just generally agitated and unable to rest this could be a sign of something way more serious than a case of ants in their pants.
They can’t sleep
You know how difficult it is to get to sleep when you’ve got a lot on your mind. Someone suffering from anxiety likely can’t stop their worries and thoughts from going round and around in their brain meaning they can’t relax and drift off to sleep.
If your friend is constantly on high alert they’re almost certainly not able to get their well needed rest.
If your friend is irritable and snappy, anxiety could be the cause. If they’re not sleeping properly, they are having surges of adrenaline and they’re nervous the result is that they’re irritable.
Try not to dismiss your friend as being ‘moody’ and look at the fact they may be struggling to deal with their anxious thoughts which results in them having a short fuse.
It’s very common for people suffering from anxiety to become very controlling in their life .When they can’t get to grips with their anxious thoughts they over compensate by attempting to get a grip on everything else. Your friend might have a habit of micro-managing and controlling those around them. Know that this isn’t them being bossy, they feel it’s imperative to avoid a disaster.
They Need Assurance – Lots of It
Constant reassurance can be a sign of anxiety. Your friend might be worried over anything from how they look, how they’ve come across or whether they’ll be on time. And they’ll look to you to tell them it’ll be ok. Be patient and try to ease their concerns rather than getting fed up with the constant questioning.
They’re in Physical Pain
Anxiety can display itself through physical symptoms. Unless they talk about it you may not know but your friend may suffer from a racing heart, headaches, tummy aches and nausea a result of the chemical build up from the overload of fight or flight responses. If they mention these ailments it’s possible anxiety is behind them.
They Leap to The Worst Case Scenario
This can be mistaken for being negative but anxiety sufferers are actually just being incredibly cautious when they plan for the worst. Their guard is up and they are on high alert in a bid to avoid trouble down the road.
They Avoid Social Situations
If you’re loved one used to enjoy socialising but now suddenly avoids meeting up with friends or even picking up the phone there could be something wrong. It’s common for people suffering from anxiety to avoid situations which might trigger their anxiety and sometimes this means removing themselves from public situations entirely.