Anxiety - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence

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Symptoms

Psychological symptoms of anxiety include tension; self-consciousness; fearfulness; self-doubt; worry; constant need for reassurance; distractibility; feeling as if one is about to have a heart attack, die, or go insane; irritability; and insomnia. Physical symptoms include rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, muscle aches (from tension), dry mouth, headache, stomach distress, diarrhea, constipation, frequent urination, hot flashes or chills, throat constriction (lump in the throat), and fatigue. Anxiety symptoms are very similar to those of depression, and as many as 50% of children with anxiety will also suffer from depression. Generally, physiological hyperarousal—excitedness, shortness of breath, the "fight or flight" response—characterizes anxiety disorders; whereas underarousal—lack of pleasure and feelings of guilt—characterizes depression. Other signs of anxiety problems are poor school performance, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, obsession about appearance or weight, social phobias (e.g., fear of walking into a room...

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