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Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of fear, uneasiness, or concern about something that is going to happen or that a person thinks is going to happen. It can have both physical and emotional symptoms, which can be mild or severe. When anxiety is severe, a person may not be able to do daily activities as well as usual. When the situation passes, the symptoms usually go away.

Physical symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Trembling, twitching, or shaking.
  • Muscle tension, aches, or soreness.
  • Restlessness, fatigue, or insomnia.
  • Breathlessness or rapid heartbeat.
  • Sweating, or cold, clammy hands.

Emotional symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling keyed up, on edge, and easily startled.
  • Excessive worrying or fearing that something bad is going to happen.
  • Reduced ability to concentrate.
  • Increased irritability or agitation.
  • Constant sadness. Feeling worried, anxious, and nervous is a normal part of everyday life. Everyone frets or feels anxious from time to time. However, when a person's anxiety becomes overwhelming and interferes with daily life it is not normal, the person may need to be evaluated.