Why do I have heart palpitations, chest pain, trembling, nausea, or  feel panicky?

Anxiety is a mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.

Anxiety doesn’t have one set of symptoms or causes. From nervousness to performance anxiety or panic attacks, each individual feels a range of symptoms that are specific to them.


Some symptoms of an anxiety disorder may include:

  • prolonged and severe feelings of fear and being anxious
  • feeling worried all the time
  • avoiding situations that make you feel uncomfortable
  • persistent specific phobias (fear something will go wrong, people don’t like you, flying, etc)
  • preoccupied with focusing on potential dangers or threats
  • difficulties with concentrating and  memory.
  • social withdrawal
  • physical symptoms (heart palpitations, chest pain, trembling, nausea, panic attacks)
  • changes in appetite, physical activity and sleep
  • substance use (drugs, alcohol)


To find out if you are experiencing high levels of anxiety complete the check list below.  anxiety3

Do you find it hard to stop worrying about little things?

Do you feel on edge or restless most of the time?

Are you easily tired?

Do you find it hard to concentrate or your mind goes blank more than it used to?

Are you irritable?

Does your body feel tense and up tight?

Do you find it difficult to fall asleep or have broken sleep?

Do you over sleep?

Do you find it difficult to fall asleep?

Are you kept awake by thoughts that worry you?

Have you noticed weight gain recently?

Have you lost your appetite recently?

Have you aware of feelings of guilt or shame that feel overwhelming?

Have you felt shaky, sweaty, breathless, dizziness, light headed, had palpitations?

If you have said yes to ten or more of these statements it may be worthwhile talking to a psychologist about these feelings.