You’re worried all the time and tired because of it. Or is it the other way around? Anxiety and fatigue go together, gradually taking control of your life if you let them. Both have certain triggers, and the more you know, the better you can fight them in the long run.
What Is Anxiety?
“Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).” If you have an anxiety disorder, the anxiety doesn’t go away naturally and can worsen over time, interfering with all facets of your daily life.
What Causes Anxiety?
Anxiety is like other mental health conditions because it doesn’t have a single cause. Research has shown that it’s caused by a harmful blend of things like:
- Certain personality traits, such as extreme shyness or trying to self-isolate when you’re experiencing new situations or meeting up with new people
- Traumatic events during your early childhood or adulthood
- A family record of anxiety or other mental issues
- Certain physical health conditions, including thyroid problems, obesity, or arrhythmia
Know The Symptoms
Anxiety and more serious anxiety disorders are characterized by a plethora of symptoms, including:
- Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
- Having a sensation of imminent danger, terror, or doom
- Having a fast heartbeat
- Regularly hyperventilating
- Feeling fatigued or tired
- Having problems focusing or thinking about something other than your present concern
- Experiencing constant sleeping problems
- Having gastrointestinal issues
Fortunately, many of these symptoms can be treated with options like ketamine infusion.
Can Anxiety Cause Fatigue?
Fatigue or tiredness are linked to anxiety. If your mind is racing with anxious thoughts, you can become physically exhausted. The other physical symptoms – a throbbing or fast heartbeat, mysterious aches and pains, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath – can lead to fatigue.
But how can you tell your fatigue was triggered by anxiety? Here are some signs to watch for.
- Caffeine doesn’t help like you thought it would. Many people instinctively or habitually juice up on caffeine daily – they grab a coffee on the way to work or bring soda in their lunch – and hit it as soon as they can. But guess what? It doesn’t really help.
- You think you had a good night’s sleep, but you’re still exhausted. Even if you sleep the recommended amount for your age group, you might not be getting truly restful sleep. Why? Maybe there are things you were worrying about when you went to bed, but there could be other reasons why you can’t sleep.
- You’re exhausted due to numerous physical symptoms. Different kinds of pain and fatigue can be triggered by anxiety. If you’re struggling with anxiety and physical exhaustion, talk to a doctor about treatment options.
- You have trouble falling asleep. Sleep problems are related to anxiety and other mental health conditions. Because of this, you’re fatigued when you wake up. But there are ways to help you fall asleep, and not all of them involve medication. Try to establish a routine of going to bed at the same time every day.
- You’re not eating the way you should. Perhaps you binge eat, skip meals, or subsist on a diet of fast food junk. If this is a regular occurrence, you’re going to be lacking the energy to do the things you need to do. You’re fatigued, and anxiety could be the supervillain working behind the scenes. If you don’t want to be tired or anxious all the time, eat healthy foods and create nutritious meal plans.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Diagnosing anxiety disorders is a tricky process due to how symptoms can overlap with other mental health issues. It’s normally is a three-step process:
- Physical examination by a medical doctor to look for an underlying medical problem that may be causing your symptoms. Your doctor will ask about your personal and family medical history.
- Psychiatric assessment by a mental health practitioner, focusing on feelings, thoughts, and behavior as triggers of your symptoms. You’ll also be asked about your personal and family history of mental illness.
- After conferring with symptomatic criteria for diagnosis, your doctor may recommend different kinds of treatment.
Being tired all the time shouldn’t be ignored. It may be due to a grueling job, but what if it’s not? If tiredness and anxiety are fixtures in your life, other issues could be at play. Contact us today to learn more about treatment options that may help you find relief.