Anxiety in Primary Care

Anxiety is a nonspecific term and often presents with combinations of the following:

 

  • Excessive worries, doubts, or fears
  • Immediately thinking about the worst case scenario in any situation 
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling “On Edge”
  • Feeling “overly aware” or hyper vigilant
  • Feeling like something bad is going to happen
  • Racing thoughts and Ruminations
  • Insomnia/sleep disturbances

 

Physical Symptoms (physical symptoms are the most common presenting symptoms in primary care settings):

 

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Vision changes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations/Racing heart beat
  • Chest pain
  • stomach pain/Indigestion
  • Muscle tension and tightness 
  • Headaches

 

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