The experiences that can set off anxiety can be many things such as tests, performing in front of other people, closed spaces, heights, health worries, or remembering bad experiences. Or it may feel like the anxiety just appears, without any noticeable outside triggers. People's experience of anxiety is personal and real, and each person's experience is unique. Few have all the symptoms, and each symptom is often presented in unique ways.

You may be experiencing some or all of the following:

  • Restlessness
  • Feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Difficulty controlling the nervousness
  • Fear
  • Irritability
  • Easily fatigued
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep difficulties (waking up or not getting good sleep)

Anxiety is difficult to live with, and gets in the way of people doing what they would like to in their careers and personal lives. Anxiety is often very responsive to treatment, with research strongly suggesting psychotherapy as the first choice of treatment.