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What are symptoms of anxiety?

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The Mayo Clinic lists common anxiety symptoms as feelings of nervousness, powerlessness and weakness, as well as being convinced of impending doom or danger. Other symptoms include preoccupation with stressful thoughts, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, shaking, sweating and hyperventilating.

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WebMD differentiates between panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder. Panic attacks manifest many of the same symptoms as anxiety but magnifies them. They are also accompanied by fear, detachment, nausea, chills, hot flashes and chest pain. They can last up to 10 minutes and appear suddenly. However, generalized anxiety disorder develops over time and can only be diagnosed if it has lasted for at least three months. Unlike panic attacks, generalized anxiety is characterized by restlessness, explosive anger, muscle tension, sleep problems and personality changes.

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