To begin to understand anxiety it is useful to know what arousal is. Arousal is the mechanism behind anxiety, it is a physiological and psychological state of being prepared to respond to stimuli. At its lowest end, when a person is not responding to stimuli they are relaxed and can fall asleep. At its highest end a person can experience panic symptoms and the flight, fight and freeze response may take over. Generally as arousal increases anxiety also increases. However, it is also useful to know that increased arousal is also associated with increased anger.


Please open the image below to find out more about the symptoms of panic or anxiety as felt in each area of the body. Not all of the symptoms are felt by everyone or all the time. Many symptoms fluctuate. This is not a complete list, it is only some common symptoms. Some are only felt when panicking. Each of these symptoms can be explained psychologically. In addition, each can be successfully managed through psychological treatment.

Panic and Anxiety Symptoms

Further reliable information about anxiety can be found at beyond blue in their anxiety section. Similarly, the Australian Psychological Society has clear information about anxiety