What are the symptoms of anxiety and what can cause anxiety?

Anxiety is more than feeling nervous before a specific event like giving an important presentation. Usually, the nervous feelings are short-lived and go away once the stressful event has ended. When the anxiety does not go away and is long term, it starts to affect your daily activities. Everyone is different. Anxiety has a combination of emotional and physical symptoms, but this list highlights some of the most common symptoms of anxiety.


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Anxiety is complex, and sometimes you won’t be able to identify the cause of your anxiety, but remember you can get help. SuicideLine Victoria counsellors can help you work through your anxiety. Call us on 1300 651 251. You do not need a referral.


Anxiety symptoms

Anxiety symptoms can be broken into two distinct areas; emotional symptoms (you may start to skip events you used to enjoy or avoid certain situations, and your relationships may suffer), and physical symptoms.


Anxiety: emotional symptoms

  • Worrying
  • Nervous
  • Fearful
  • Unable to think clearly
  • Trouble focussing.


Anxiety: physical symptoms

  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Insomnia
  • Restless
  • Rapid breathing
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea.


Causes of anxiety

Anxiety can be caused by a number of factors – there is usually a combination of things in a person’s life that can lead to anxiety.


Common causes of anxiety

Anxiety can develop when you have another mental health illness, for example, you may have depression and anxiety at the same time. A history of anxiety in your family may also contribute to it (but this doesn’t mean that you will develop anxiety). Alcohol and drug use can also trigger anxiety.


SuicideLine Victoria provides immediate support for anyone with anxiety. In addition, we can provide ongoing support with up to four telephone counselling sessions or online counselling.

Call us on 1300 651 251 or access free video and online counselling.

If it is an emergency, please call 000.