Everyone experiences occasional bouts of anxiety, as it\u2019s a normal part of the human experience. However, for millions of children, adolescents, and adults, anxiety plays a significant role in their day-to-day lives. It causes significant distress, interferes with their ability to function, and robs them of the joy they deserve. In severe cases, anxiety can be debilitating, making it impossible to hold down a job or finish school. However, there are subtle signs of anxiety disorders as well. Subtle Signs of Anxiety Disorders Despite the fact that anxiety disorders often respond very well to proper treatment, two-thirds of those individuals are never treated for their anxiety. For some individuals, it can be difficult to consider the possibility of a \u201cmental illness\u201d. One reason that people aren't treated is because the disorder goes unrecognized and undiagnosed. Why? Subtle signs of anxiety disorders fly under the radar or are simply accepted as normal. Knowledge and awareness play an important role when it comes to recognizing the need for treatment. Following is a brief look at several subtle signs of an anxiety disorder. Many of these subtle signs of anxiety disorders don\u2019t automatically signal the presence of an anxiety disorder. Avoidant Behavior We all feel like avoiding unpleasant things from time to time, but individuals with certain anxiety disorders frequently engage in avoidant behavior. For example, individuals with social anxiety disorder will go to great lengths to avoid social events or being in the spotlight. Someone afraid of flying would rather spend 3 days driving 1500 miles than 3 hours on a plane. Individuals with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) will do whatever they can to avoid their triggers. Addictions Can Be Subtle Signs of Anxiety Disorders If you\u2019re struggling with an anxiety disorder, you may find yourself reaching for a drink or other substance to \u201ccalm your nerves\u201d.\u00a0\u00a0 It\u2019s one of the reasons for the oft-used phrase, \u201cI need a drink\u201d. If you frequently find yourself turning to comfort foods, alcohol, or any type of drug that relaxes you (e.g. benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, or street drugs, such as marijuana) when you\u2019re feeling anxious or stressed, or when you can\u2019t shut off your brain at night when you want to fall asleep, the possibility of an anxiety disorder should definitely be considered. Sense of Dread Many people who have an undiagnosed anxiety disorder, especially GAD or PTSD, often struggle with a frequent feeling or sense of dread. It can be subtle, even though very intense, and may manifest in a physical manner rather than a conscious thought. For example, you may feel a \u201cheaviness\u201d, particularly on your chest, and find it difficult to relax your body. It\u2019s not unusual to also feel restless or on edge. Quite often, you can\u2019t really explain it or shake it off. It\u2019s just there, hanging over you like a very dark, ominous cloud. Restlessness Anxiety is often accompanied by restlessness. When you\u2019re anxious, you may find it hard to sit still for any length of time. Pacing and hand wringing are two types of restless behavior, and not uncommon for someone feeling especially anxious. Restlessness interferes with sleep and concentration and tends to make your entire body feel tense. If you often feel restless, anxiety may be the reason. Irritability It\u2019s not uncommon to become irritable when you feel scared, worried, stressed, or \u201con edge\u201d. Sometimes the irritability associated with anxiety disorders is due to the problems the anxiety is causing in your life. These problems include strained relationships or problems at work due to impaired job performance. It may also be due to the fatigue you experience when you\u2019re not sleeping well (as a result of anxiety). Unfortunately, the consequences of your frequent irritability (e.g. conflicts at work) can trigger even more anxiety, making it a vicious circle. Fidgeting Frequent fidgeting can be due to habit, boredom, or ADHD, but it\u2019s also often an indication of anxiety. While fidgeting can include any of the self-destructive behaviors mentioned earlier, it also includes things like brushing away lint, constantly straightening your clothing or items in front of you, swinging your leg while sitting, fiddling with a cell phone or remote control, or tapping your fingers or feet. Shyness People who are shy or timid are also often anxious, at least to some degree. Those who are extremely shy very often suffer from social anxiety disorder. They fear being criticized, judged, ridiculed, scrutinized, and rejected by others. They also tend to be very self-conscious, worried, and often assume that others are paying close attention to whether or not they actually are. Regardless, the assumption exacerbates their anxiety. One of the worst things about extreme shyness is that it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Very timid individuals fail to develop good social skills. When they do have to engage in social situations, their awkwardness and discomfort often elicits the very criticism and rejection they fear, which reinforces their anxiety and avoidant behavior. Difficulty Trusting Fear causes anxiety. As a result, it\u2019s difficult for anxious individuals to fully trust anyone or anything, including themselves. Those who struggle with GAD often find it hard to believe that anything can work out for the best, and have a hard time accepting or trusting reassurances from others. Individuals with PTSD often find trust very difficult, especially with individuals or situations that elicit memories or emotions related to past trauma. For example, a woman who\u2019s survived a brutal rape may have a hard time trusting men, not to mention her ability to protect herself or escape should she ever feel threatened. Treating Subtle Signs of Anxiety Disorders Lucida Treatment helps treat subtle signs of anxiety disorders through therapy. Therapy tackles the psychological roots of these subtle signs of anxiety disorders. At Lucida Treatment, we offer a wide variety of therapies professionally designed to help you overcome subtle signs of anxiety disorders. Therapies offered at Lucida Treatment's anxiety treatment center include: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy Program \tDialectical Behavior Therapy Program \tEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Program \tFamily Therapy Program \tGestalt Therapy Program \tGroup Therapy Program \tIndividual Therapy Program \tPsychodrama Therapy Program \tTrauma Therapy Program If you want to end subtle signs of anxiety disorders, Lucida Treatment can help!\u00a0 Contact us online or call us today at !