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The key features and symptoms of anxiety

A person with anxiety will experience some of the following features and symptoms :


• feeling her heart is beating fast (palpitations)

• a feeling of suffocation

• dizziness

• trembling, shaking all over

• headaches

• pins and needles (or sensation of ants crawling) on her limbs or face


• feeling as if something terrible is going to happen to her

• feeling scared


• worrying too much about her problems or her health

• thoughts that she is going to die, lose control or go mad (these thoughts are often associated with

severe physical symptoms and extreme fear)

• repeatedly thinking the same distressing thought again and again despite efforts to stop thinking them


• avoiding situations that she is scared of, such as marketplaces or public transport

• poor sleep

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