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Symptoms
 
Symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

Psychological: Chronic, exaggerated worry, tension, and irritability that appear to have no cause or are more intense than the situation warrants.

Physical: Restlessness, trouble falling or staying asleep, headaches, trembling, twitching, muscle tension, or sweating, often accompany these psychological symptoms

Some women who survive heart events may show certain symptoms of a type of anxiety called post-traumatic stress disorder. These symptoms include: 

• Intrusive and recurring memories of the heart event
• Recurring nightmare about the heart event
• Heightened vigilance, or expecting the worst with every new ache and pain
• Emotional distress when passing hospitals or on the anniversary of the heart event
• Avoiding situations that remind them of the heart event
• Becoming distant and detached 

Diagnosis
 
A diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder is made when someone spends at least six months excessively worried about everyday problems. However, incapacitating or troublesome symptoms warranting treatment may exist for shorter periods of time. There are several types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, panic disorders and phobias. 


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