Anxiety & It’s Subtle Manifestations

You probably know friends or relatives who talk about their stress or anxiety levels, or may be taking a medication to help keep their anxiety in check. Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. It’s such a common word in our culture today that it’s tempting to brush it off and think it’s not a big deal. However if ongoing, it can become debilitating if not dealt with. 

We tend to think that anxiety is just about being fearful, or feeling overwhelmed or nervous. But there are a lot of symptoms that can signal a struggle with anxiety. 


  • ž Belching

  • ž Blushing

  • ž Breathing Difficulties

  • ž Chest Pain

  • ž Chills

  • ž Concentration Problems

  • ž Cough

  • ž Difficulty Speaking

  • ž Digestion Issues

  • ž Dizziness

  • ž Feeling ill

  • ž Feeling Shaky

  • ž Headaches

  • ž “Heart Attack Symptoms”

  • ž Heart Pounding/Palpitations

  • ž Insomnia/Drowsiness

  • ž Lack of Air

  • ž Lightheadedness

  • ž Low Energy

  • ž Muscle Tension/Sore Muscles

  • ž Nausea

  • ž Shallow Breathing

  • ž Sweating

  • ž Tiredness

  • ž Yawning

These are the most common anxiety symptoms, aside from the more obvious feelings of fear and overwhelmed. Anxiety is sometimes called “The Great Imitator” because of its ability to mimic other health conditions. If you have these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have anxiety, but if you do have anxiety, you are likely familiar with some of these symptoms. 

When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually a part of the most effective options.  Therapy can help you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears; learn how to relax; look at situations in new, less frightening ways; and develop better coping and problem-solving skills. Therapy gives you the tools to overcome anxiety and teaches you how to use them.

If you are experiencing anxiety, contact our office to make an appointment.  For our Paducah office call 270-777-4490 for the Owensboro location call 270-215-4000. We even offer online therapy sessions when appropriate.



Katie Englert