Anxiety is a serious mental disorder that affects millions of men and women each year. There are many signs and symptoms of anxiety that are common among those who have it. In this article, you will find 8 ways to identify if someone close to you might have anxiety.
1. They Avoid Eye Contact With Others
If you have ever been around someone who avoids eye contact with others, it can be hard to tell if they are just being shy or if something else is going on. While this can be a sign of anxiety in some cases, it is also common for people who are shy to avoid eye contact with others.
Those who are dealing with anxiety often try to avoid situations where they may feel uncomfortable or even just mildly anxious. This can lead them to avoid looking people in the eyes when speaking or listening to others. They may also avoid looking at pictures or objects that may trigger their anxiety symptoms.
If you notice someone avoiding eye contact with others, this could be a sign of anxiety, but there may also be other reasons they do not look at people directly while speaking. For example, some cultures tend not to make direct eye contact during conversation because it is considered rude or disrespectful toward others.
2. They Speak in a Low Voice
When anxious, someone might start talking with your voice pitched lower than usual. This is because their body’s fight-or-flight response has kicked into high gear, and it’s trying to prepare them for any potential threats by lowering their heart rate and constricting the blood vessels. The result is that they will feel less confident and more anxious.
If you feel like this is happening to someone, it’s essential to know that it’s not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about—it’s just one of the ways that our bodies respond when we’re feeling anxious!
3. They Seem Distant From Others Around Them
This may even be true when they’re surrounded by loved ones or close friends. Many people who suffer from anxiety have difficulty maintaining relationships with others because they become so focused on their feelings and thoughts. They often cannot focus on what someone else is saying—even if the person is essential to them—because they are too busy thinking about how they feel at that moment.
If you see someone who only talks to you when they need something or who doesn’t ask how your day was but instead focuses on themselves and their problems all the time, they may have anxiety. They may also be more likely to snap at people who try to help them because they feel like everyone is out to get them somehow — making it hard for friends to stay connected with them long-term.
4. They’re Always on Their Phone
People who are constantly on their phones are often trying to hide their anxiety and depression. They’re so used to feeling this way that they don’t even realize it anymore. So when they’re in a room full of other people, they turn to their phones to escape their situation and calm down.
Unfortunately, this can cause even more problems. People who have anxiety tend to isolate themselves because they feel like they can’t handle social situations without feeling overwhelmed or anxious. This leads them to miss out on opportunities that could help them feel better about themselves—like connecting with friends or finding new romantic partners.
5. They Walk Around With a Tight Smile
The next time you meet someone walking around with a tight smile, consider trying to get to know them and help them feel more at ease.
Anxiety sufferers tend to walk around with a tight smile. Because they’re trying to appear friendly and happy but don’t feel like they can be those things, the muscle tension around their mouth can make their smiles look forced and unnatural.
If you notice this behavior, do what you can to help the person relax. It might be as simple as offering them coffee or asking if they’d like a snack. Just being kind enough to ask will go a long way toward helping them calm down.
6. They’re Constantly Apologizing for Things That Aren’t Their Fault
This behavior can be a sign of several different types of anxiety, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
People with social anxiety may have trouble speaking to others because they fear being judged or embarrassed. They may apologize excessively to avoid making eye contact with others or talking to them directly. Social interactions can feel overwhelming and cause severe distress for people with this type of anxiety unless they’re taking medication or getting therapy for it.
People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experience excessive worry about everyday things such as money problems or health issues. They may apologize excessively when they feel like they’ve done something wrong to get reassurance from others that everything will be okay. GAD usually begins in childhood but can also develop later in life after traumatic experiences like losing a loved one or divorce happen unexpectedly out of nowhere!
7. They Are Always Late to Events and Appointments
Even when they have plenty of time to get ready and leave on time, anxiety may cause them to procrastinate and delay. When you have plenty of time to get ready and leave on time but still end up arriving late, it’s a sign that you’re dealing with anxiety.
If you’re living with this behavior, you may not even realize it’s happening because being on time is a habit for most people. If you find yourself constantly getting places early or on time and then coming up with excuses why you might be late, that’s a sign that something else is happening.
Anxious people often feel like they’re always running late because they constantly worry about what could happen if they don’t make it somewhere. They might also be hypersensitive to missing an event or appointment.
They might even go out of their way to make sure they don’t miss anything important by spending too much time getting ready or waiting at the door for someone else who’s supposed to arrive before them (like an Uber driver). The problem with this type of behavior is that it ends up causing more stress than if you’d just gone ahead and left when planned!
8. They Find Excuses Not to Go Out
If you’ve noticed that your loved one or even someone is avoiding going out with friends or family members who want them there with them, even if it’s just for a quick trip to the store, this can be a sign of anxiety.
Many people who suffer from anxiety are timid and find it difficult to make friends. They often prefer to stay home, where they feel safe and secure. This behavior also tends to extend into their adult lives when they may not have many close friends or relationships.
The person with anxiety may make excuses such as I’m too busy, I don’t have time, I have something else planned, I don’t know, or I’m tired. They may even pretend they’re sick or in pain so that they have an excuse not to go out with you.
If your loved one has been avoiding going out with you or others for several weeks or months and doesn’t seem interested in changing their behavior. It’s possible that they may have an anxiety disorder — even if they haven’t been formally diagnosed by a doctor yet.
I hope that those who suffer from anxiety take note of these common traits and can better cope with their stress. The more we understand anxiety disorders, the more compassionate we can be in treating them.