Experts Say These Ten Signs Show That You Are Secretly Suffering From An Anxiety Disorder

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Image: Joshua Rawson-Harris

A whopping 40 million U.S. adults live with some sort of anxiety disorder, but not even half of those affected get any treatment for it. That’s because many people fall into the “high-functioning anxiety” category, which means that although they suffer from symptoms like lack of sleep, they have never been officially diagnosed. And although from the outside, you might seem as though you have it all together, here is a list of signs which could mean that you are one of those suffering from an anxiety disorder in silence.

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Image: Kate Williams

10. You feel restless

Anxiety has the power to make you feel fidgety to the point where you find it difficult to relax. Sitting down to watch TV or reading a book might not come easily to you because your mind is racing through all of the other things that you think you should be doing.

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Image: Melanie Wasser

Not only that, but feeling this on edge about your life can also make you extra jumpy and easily startled when the doorbell rings or somebody drops something nearby. It’s all to do with the fact that your body constantly releases adrenaline in response to a perceived threat initiated by the disorder.

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Image: Josh Nuttall

9. You are controlling

Because anxiety can make you feel as though you are losing control of your life – even when you’re not – many sufferers tend to try to regain order by being strict with themselves. This could mean that you choose to follow a specific diet or hardcore exercise regime, for example.

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