10 Signs of Hidden Anxiety

10 Signs of Hidden Anxiety

Hidden anxiety is not actually a clinical term. Hidden anxiety refers to anxiety symptoms that are not covered in the DSM. This video is intended to bring attention to less obvious signs of anxiety people might not be aware of. These symptoms may be experienced by anyone, regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Are you a friend of someone who is experiencing symptoms of anxiety that are difficult to identify?

Disclaimer: This video is not intended to diagnose you or anyone else. A professional diagnosis is required in order to receive the best possible treatment. However, you can use this video to help explain your symptoms to your doctor.

According to the American Psychological Association 2017, people suffering from anxiety are prone to a future-oriented fear that leads them to avoid situations that might trigger a stress response. In 2017, the National Institute of Mental Health reported that approximately 40 million people worldwide suffer from anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, but recent surveys show that only 36.9% of those suffering from it seek treatment. People with anxiety may worry about being judged by others or how stigmatizing mental illness could negatively impact their lives.

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American Psychological Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Washington DC, USA; APA Publishing.
National Institute of Mental Health (2017). What are Anxiety Disorders? Retrieved from www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/anxiety-disorders.shtml
National Alliance Against Mental Illness (2018). Mental Health by the Numbers. Retrieved from www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-by-the-numbers
Calvo, M. G., Gutierrez, A., & Fernandez-Martin, A. (2012). Anxiety and inadequate inhibition of threat distractors: Spatial attention spans and time course. Journal of cognitive psychology, 24(1), 66-78.
Bowen, R., Clark, M., & Baetz, M. (2004). Patients with anxiety disorders experience mood swings that are different from normal controls. Journal of affective disorders, 78(3), 185-192.
Steer, R. A., & Beck, A. T. (1997). Beck Anxiety Inventory.

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