Not everyone will vocalise their feelings and some may even try to disguise their symptoms, pretending they are OK.
According to mental health charity, Mind, four out of five people aged 18 to 34 admit to putting on a brave face when they are feeling anxious. Everyone displays feelings of anxiety differently, so it is important to know the signs.
Below are some of the less obvious symptoms of anxiety that loved ones may be experiencing:
Saying they feel unwell or sick
Anxiety can often lead to physical symptoms, such as nausea and headaches. With panic attacks, people may experience chest pains and shortness of breath, but may not understand that it is a panic attack. Information manager at Mind, Rachel Boyd explains how for some, the focus of anxiety can be physical health – they might spend a lot of time worrying they have a serious illness.
Disturbed sleeping patterns
Many people suffering with anxiety will feel tired as a result of their body producing too much adrenaline and sending them into fight or flight mode. However, people may also find it affects their sleeping patterns. Anxiety can often worsen at night – some sufferers will experience nightmares, struggle to fall asleep or wake up during the night.
They need reassurance
Both the mind and body can be affected by anxiety. Psychological symptoms associated with anxiety include feeling tense, nervous and constantly thinking about a worrying situation. Those who are suffering may seem less confident than usual and may appear to need lots of reassurance.
Change in eating habits
If a person is suffering with anxiety, they may start to eat less or more than they would normally. It is common for those who are very anxious to lose their appetite; some may binge as a way of numbing the feelings.
They have difficulty concentrating
When a person is suffering from anxiety, they are prone to overthinking negative situations. This can contribute to lack of concentration and focus. If a loved one is experiencing these feelings, you may notice they are frequently late or are unable to focus on everyday tasks.