There are over 100 signs and symptoms of anxiety disorder, making this disorder difficult for health care professionals to diagnose. Most people experience some degree of normal anxiety from time to time, but when anxiety is frequently felt and leads to a disruption of normal functioning, it may be diagnosed as a disorder. In addition to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and agoraphobia also fall under the category of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders have biological, medical and chemical factors, including a lack of production of the neurotransmitter GABA. Overly apprehensive thought patterns create the physiological, psychological, and emotional states of anxiety and the resulting symptoms. When one experiences anxiety, it triggers the body's stress response, which also triggers symptoms.
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The symptoms of anxiety disorder mirror the symptoms of basic feelings of anxiety. The difference is, the disorder has a notable increase in number, intensity, frequency, and duration of these symptoms. Men and women experience many of the same symptoms of anxiety, though women may notice differences due to menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Specific symptoms of anxiety disorder can include headaches, brain fog, chest pain and tightness, lack of concentration, heart palpitations, numbness, panic attacks, racing thoughts, shortness of breath, and weight gain.
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