Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Anxiety appears in different forms for different folks. You may find that anxiety affects your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. Some of the more common symptoms are listed as follows:

You’re thinking anxiously if you’re . . .

  • Making dire predictions about the future.

  • Thinking you can’t cope.

  • Frequently worrying about pleasing people.

  • Thinking that you need to be perfect.

  • Having excessive concerns about not being in control.

You’re behaving anxiously if you’re . . .

  • Avoiding many social events.

  • Leaving situations that make you anxious.

  • Never taking reasonable risks.

  • Staying away from feared objects or events, such as spiders or flying.

  • Procrastinating so much on tasks that you fall badly behind.

You’re feeling anxious if you have . . .

  • Butterflies in your stomach

  • Dizziness

  • Muscle tension

  • A racing heart

  • A shaky feeling

  • Sweaty palms

The physical symptoms of anxiety may result from medical problems. If you have a number of these symptoms, please see a physician for a checkup.

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Charles H. Elliott, PhD, and Laura L. Smith, PhD, are clinical psychol-ogists who specialize in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. They are the authors of several For Dummies books, including Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies.

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