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What is constant anxiety?

Constant anxiety is a feeling of persistent worry, fear or nervousness that does not subside and may be present without a clear cause. It can negatively affect a person’s daily life, relationships and work.

Constant anxiety presents as a persistent or recurring fear, unlike momentary anxiety which occurs in the face of specific events or challenges and then passes. Constant anxiety is a symptom of various anxiety disorders. Therapy can help.

In this article, we provide more information on what constant anxiety is, as well as common questions and answers, and advice from our psychologists.

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Is constant anxiety a diagnosis?

Constant anxiety itself is not a specific diagnosis, but rather a symptom of anxiety disorders. When anxiety is constant and affects a person’s daily functioning, it may indicate the presence of a diagnosable disorder. There are several diagnoses where constant anxiety can be a key symptom, including:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Characterized by chronic and excessive worry about many different things.
  • Panic disorder: Involves recurrent panic attacks, which are sudden waves of intense fear or discomfort.
  • Social phobia: A strong fear of social or performance situations, where the person fears being judged or being the center of attention.
  • Specific phobias: Intense and irrational fear of specific objects, situations or activities.

What are the symptoms of constant anxiety?

Individuals experiencing constant anxiety may feel anxious and fearful about everyday events or situations. This is often accompanied by a feeling of restlessness or being on edge, which can make it difficult to relax.

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People with constant anxiety often fatigue easily. They may have difficulty concentrating, feel irritable for no apparent reason, and experience muscle tension leading to physical discomfort or pain. Sleep problems are also common, including difficulty falling asleep, sleeping through the night, or waking up early in the morning.

People with constant anxiety may also experience:

  • Panic attacks– sudden intense waves of fear or discomfort.
  • Avoidance of certain situations or activities in an attempt to reduce anxiety.
  • Difficulty managing daily tasks and responsibilities due to anxiety.

Physical symptoms of anxiety

Physical symptoms are common in anxiety disorders and include muscle tension, headaches, stomach problems, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, sweating, fatigue, and sleep problems. These symptoms themselves can increase anxiety, creating a vicious cycle. Effective treatment addresses both mental and physical aspects of anxiety, helping to break unhelpful patterns. At Lavendla, we make the difficult easier. Feel free to contact one of our psychologists or therapists today.

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Can constant anxiety be treated?

Anxiety is treatable. The main recommended treatment for anxiety is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which involves an individualized analysis of problem situations and thought patterns. It focuses on feelings, thoughts and behaviours related to anxiety. CBT works to change behaviours and thought patterns to reduce suffering and improve quality of life. Another treatment for anxiety disorders is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which focuses more on acceptance and mindfulness.

Treatment of mild to moderate anxiety is usually done in primary care, while more severe problems, where you are often more limited in your functioning, are treated at a specialist level. Anxiety treatment in primary care can last between about 4-10 sessions. At Lavendla we have several licensed psychologists and qualified therapists who can help.

11 common questions and answers about constant anxiety

What is constant anxiety?

Constant anxiety is a feeling of persistent worry, fear or nervousness that does not ease over time.

Is constant anxiety a diagnosis?

Constant anxiety can be part of other anxiety disorders such as GAD, social anxiety or health anxiety.

What are the symptoms of constant anxiety?

Individuals experiencing constant anxiety may feel anxious and fearful about everyday events or situations. This is often accompanied by a feeling of restlessness or being on edge, which can make it difficult to relax.

Can constant anxiety be treated?

Any type of anxiety can be treated, no matter how much it affects your daily life.

I have trouble sleeping, is it constant anxiety?

Persistent anxiety can lead to trouble sleeping. However, constant anxiety is not the only cause of sleep difficulties.

How is constant anxiety treated?

Constant anxiety can be treated with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and medication if necessary.

Can exercise affect anxiety problems?

Yes, any form of exercise can be helpful to feel better. Psychological treatment may also be required, however.

I worry about everything, why do I do that?

Persistent worry could be a symptom of an underlying anxiety disorder. Help is available.

I feel anxious in my body, is it constant anxiety?

Constant anxiety can lead to physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, tension and dizziness. Therapy can also help with physical symptoms of anxiety.

Where can I turn if I need help?

Through our site, you can book an initial session with a therapist or psychologist to identify your concerns and start planning treatment goals. We will help you make the difficult easier.

Treating anxiety: A step-by-step guide

Help is available! Here we take you through what treatment for anxiety can look like:

1. Exploring your concerns

In the initial stage of treatment, your therapist will help you understand your specific anxieties. Therefore, together you will review the situations that cause you anxiety and identify the symptoms you are experiencing.

2. Psychoeducation

You will learn about your worry and anxiety and how it affects you both physically and mentally.

3. Tools for changing behaviours and patterns

You will work on identifying and changing patterns of thinking that are linked to your anxiety. Together with your therapist, you will explore your triggers and learn how to manage them. You will also be given homework to practice between sessions.

4. Follow up and evaluate progress

You will have support from your psychologist throughout the process. At the end of the treatment, you will also receive a plan to continue practicing so that you can maintain the progress you’ve made.

    A first step in seeking help

    If you recognize that you have constant anxiety, help is available. It is possible to improve your quality of life! We offer access to psychologists and therapists who are ready to support you through your journey. We make the difficult easier.

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    Written by Ellen Lindgren

    Licensed psychologist

    Ellen is a licensed psychologist and has experience mainly in clinical psychology where she has worked with various conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, crises and trauma in primary care and psychiatry. She has also worked with research while studying in the US and with affective disorders and insomnia at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.