Signs You May Have Anxiety and Not Know It

You’re probably familiar with the most severe anxiety disorders and anxiety related disorders. Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, PTSD, social anxiety, OCD and so on. They, as a group, are one of the most common mental illnesses. In fact, 30% of Americans will experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.

When I was diagnosed with anxiety last year, I was shocked. I thought that my constant worrying was due to depression. So much for “know thyself”.

Here are some more subtle signs that you may have anxiety of some kind.

  • You’re always busy but can never seem to get things done. Poor time management, low productivity and difficulty prioritizing can be symptoms of anxiety.
  • Catastrophizing — the technical term for thinking obsessively that something is worse than it really is — can be a sign of anxiety. It can be about external things or about yourself. (Think: I’ll never pass this test, then I’ll flunk out of school, then I’ll never get a job…)
  • You’re easily startled. Anxiety sufferers can have a heightened startle response, particularly when they’re mentally stressed which means you’re likely to freak out at the slightest stimulation if you’re wrapped up in your own thoughts. This is so me.
  • Tummy trouble– People often talk about stress manifesting in your stomach, and anxiety works the same. It can worsen symptoms of abdominal cramps and pain and make you feel sick to your stomach.
  • It takes you longer than normal to recover from illness. Anxious people have a hard time slowing down and resting when they start to feel sick — what’s called “all-or-nothing behavior” — a condition like the stomach flu, which usually clears up quickly for non-anxious people can later become a serious, long-term illness.
  • Perfectionism– This isn’t always anxiety, but if your perfectionism prevents you from trying new things because you’re afraid of failing, or causes you to avoid certain situations or tasks because you don’t want to make a mistake, it could indicate anxiety. Feelings of shame, inferiority, and constant self-criticism are all part of that perfectionism package.
  • You’re often irritable. We all feel this from time to time. But feeling like you could go off at any second is another matter. the fight/flight/freeze response is heightened in anxiety sufferers, and, since ‘fight’ is another side to our ‘flight’ response…you may also find that you are more impatient and easily annoyed by others if you have anxiety. Feelings of rage, hatred, and revenge are common, too.
  • You can’t make a decision. Getting way too emotionally invested in every decision you make can be a manifestation of anxiety. Especially if you are too worried about how your decision might affect others.
  • You are often sick. Feeling rundown, having unexplained aches and pains, and experiencing frequent and chronic colds are all part of the anxiety roller coaster. Again, so me!
  • You can’t sleep. If you’ve tried every kind of sleep hygiene tip you can find and still can’t sleep, it may be anxiety.

Do you see yourself in any of these traits? Which ones? Please comment below. Or use my Contact Me page and I promise to respond!

These points are not to be used for any kind of diagnosis. But if you have some of these tendencies, you might want to bring it up with your doctor or therapist.

Hugs, 😀❤️💥🙏

21 thoughts on “Signs You May Have Anxiety and Not Know It

  1. LoL. I have had PTSD for a long time. the list wasn’t bad. Its a Rolodex of life stress. When life is out of your control Finances are not steady and people act against you its easy for it to sweep over you.

    I was just sick for over a month and I am on my third round of antibiotics. And these ones are working, after the third pill I started to feel the drudge start to leaven and the joy start to come back. Realizing you need help is the first step of recovery. Not realizing your under stress or have depression or stressors weighing on you can really put you back. I knew why I felt down, and I don’t have self esteem issues, I was just sick, but not making money was putting pressure on me but my head was filled with fluid. I just cant stress how nice it is to see some emotional sunshine.

    If your feeling crappy its worth getting help. Mine was because I was sick but it still was a heavy depressing push down. Its worth getting help. It really is. Feeling better is so much better.

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    1. Great read! And I completely agree. Getting help is so important and crucial but nobody wants to be Serna certain way for going to therapy or going to a hospital. Your mental health is so much more important than your ego and pride!!


  2. Hey, Got a question for you. Did you have the ability to change your font before on your site. I don’t think I did, but today, Poof, it was there in the top right corner when editing so I clicked on it, wow what a change having the Lora font. I guess they just did me a flavor.

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    1. WordPress just a few days ago released an updated site creator and I still haven’t played with it yet!!! My fonts are because I have a premium account (I’m fancy like that) and my logo, where it says The Moody Mom in pink at the top…I created that on an Adobe app. I had to buy that font to use it! Then I saved the logo as a jpeg and inserted it into my header like a pic. As you can imagine, I spend waaaay too much time on designing my website! Lol. It’s like a second job!

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        1. I like that too. I never could get into the habit of journaling. So my blog is like my diary. Is it just me or do you read some of your posts and think they’re just awesome and then wonder why you didn’t get more likes? Some of mine I like so much I want to post them again! As if to say “hey you! Read this incredibly brilliant post you big dummy!” Haha. Maybe I overestimate my blogging talent 😀😀😀😀


    1. Heck, 13 year old me needed to read this….
      I used to think I was dying because I didn’t know what was wrong with me and it was never talked about. It took me so long to learn what anxiety actually was.

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    2. Me too. I had it bad. Back then (the 80s) anxiety wasn’t a “thing” yet. Especially for teens. So when I acted all stressed out, couldn’t sleep, worried constantly, bit my fingernails down to nubs, etc etc my mom just told me I must have depression. But never took me to a dr or therapist. The conventional wisdom back then for depression was to “buck it up!” Or to “get some fresh air!” Or my favorite “stop feeling sorry for yourself. There are starving children in Africa!”


  3. Barring perfectionism and slow recovery from illness, I pretty much checked every box there.

    Whe my anxiety mixes with panic and paranoia, I call it panxiety. It sweeps in like a band of ninjas and attacks from all sides when I am unsuspecting and unarmed. Then comes the hives and the stomach issues and the inability to get to sleep and stay asleep…

    I feel like I am perpetually trapped in a loop of feeling fight, flight, or freeze.

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    1. That sucks! And yet they can’t come up with a good med for anxiety. All you get is Xanax and only 30 pills a month!!! Each pill lasts maybe 2 hours. Yeah that’s a great solution! Thanks doc! Oh no, I wouldn’t want to become addicted either! It’s ok. I’ll just meditate the other 22 hours of the day. I’ll be fine!


    1. Yeah and I never knew that in my 20 plus years of treatment! I have days where I think I’m depressed then the next minute I think it’s anxiety. It’s scary and confusing. I can feel both at the same time too. Once I heard that depression is worrying about the past and anxiety is worrying about the future. I’m not sure about that

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        1. I worry most about future. What if this happens or that happens? Then I’m stuck in fear mode and I can’t accomplish anything. Things around my house that I intend to do today might still be untouched 4 weeks later. It’s hard to focus or get motivated

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  4. Well, there is hope on the horizon. Last year, I worked with a therapist on betterhelp. She was great! But in May I had to quit. All these months, I’ve wanted to talk with her so much. But I’d lost my job and couldn’t afford it. Now I’m working again and last night I signed back up for therapy! Yay me!!!!


  5. Hello from Australia! I have PTSD, panic disorder & agoraphobia. ALL of the symptoms you mentioned ring true with me, and did long before I was aware of what was going on. No wonder so many of us dismiss our mental health thinking we have a physical illness festering inside of us with all these symptoms going on! xx

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    1. Hi. Thank you for sharing. I was diagnosed with depression for years before I found out it was actually anxiety. Sometimes they’re similar.
      I have another blogger friend from Australia. Maybe y’all know each other? Haha just kidding (as if everyone in Australia knows everyone else). I lived in NYC for years and when I’d tell I was from Texas, often someone would ask “I know a guy from there! Do you know___??” Um….about 20 million peeps here in TX soooo, I’m afraid I don’t know your friend. 😀😀😀

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