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What's the difference between anxiety and just being nervous?

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Last Updated: 08/14/2018 at 1:36am
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June 22nd, 2015 2:50pm
Anxiety has a stress element in a greater amount and also being nervous is not bad as it is required in one's life but anxiety has not a good impact on mind.
August 21st, 2015 7:22am
I think the difference between anxiety and just being nervous is, anxiety has a much bigger impact on your life. Being nervous is just a symptom of anxiety. Anxiety comes with physical symptoms (insomnia, trembling, forgetfulness, headaches, feeling dizzy, and more), too.
September 4th, 2015 8:30pm
Theres no specific one fits all answer. However, if you are having anxious feelings that are interfering with your normal activities or everyday life, then perhaps seeking advice through a counselor or therapist could help with your feelings.
September 10th, 2015 10:49am
Being nervous or experiencing anxiety can be a matter of diffrentiating between state or trait. Being simply nervous can just be based on the type of situation you're in-maybe you're ready to public speak or about to try something new. The feeling corresponds to your current state. Where anxiety can be worries or fears of something that may not even occur. You may suffer some physiological changes in yourself for the fears and worries of someone standing up in order to laugh at you while you public speak or that trying something new will result in serious harm to yourself. They can be situations that probably have no likelihood of occurring but the fact that you still continue to worry and feel anxious about it is what diffrentiates whether it's anxiety or just nervousness.
September 11th, 2015 4:52am
Anyone can be nervous, most people feel nervousness a few times a day. However anxiety is like being nervous while also balancing on a tightrope. It makes your chest hurt and your breathing hard and your head swim. It makes you think that it's going to last forever and that you're gonna go crazy and die. And on top of those (already bad symptoms), the lingering side effects of anxiety are even worse. It's a scary feeling compared to just being nervous.
September 12th, 2015 8:04am
Nervousness is a variety of anxiety, but generally is about a specific event and vanishes after a period of time. Anxiety is all consuming - your mind has space for nothing else.
September 16th, 2015 7:19pm
Being nervous tends to be over a specific immediate act, such as being scared of heights. However being anxious tends to last longer. Also anxiety, may often be over something 'proxy' such as the fear of family dying, when the anxiety is in fact about starting college for example. Furthermore anxiety tends to be more intense, and can cause feelings of restlessness.
September 18th, 2015 9:20am
Being nervous about something is definitely natural, Though with anxiety there is just a little more to it. Many symptoms of anxiety follow as excessive worry, sleep problems, irrational fears, muscle tension, chronic indigestion, and many more symptoms. If you feel you are experiencing these anxiety problems I encourage you to consult a doctor.
September 18th, 2015 9:25am
Anxiety turns out as a more severe condition than "plain nervousness". Anxiety expresses a generally more chronic nature, and defeinitely heavier symptoms, bringing impairments to one's skills and abilities to get things done. Anxiety prevents you from taking important decisions, or makes you hasten towards unsure ones, and consumes you all along the way, while being simply nervous tends to be a shorter and lighter condition. Anxiety will affect your sleep, your hunger, your social interactions, your productivity and your health as a whole as it persists, while nervousness will pass quicker and leave less (or lighter) remnants.
September 20th, 2015 6:12am
"'nervous is when the person is worried about something" and 'anxiety when the person is troubled by disturbing suspense."
September 23rd, 2015 8:33pm
Nervousness its a primitive adaption to possible danger, anxiety is fear or a feeling of unease that has as hard to find root cause.
September 26th, 2015 12:40am
Nervous mean you feel worried or shy about something. Anxious mean you really impatient or exicited
September 26th, 2015 11:23pm
Anxiety is much worse than being nervous. When you are nervous you heart just beats a little faster than normal. Anxiety is having a panic attack or something related to one.
September 30th, 2015 12:32am
Everybody experiences worry in their life, however when the worrying becomes extreme to the point of having a panic attack and also happens often it becomes anxiety.
October 21st, 2015 10:46pm
While you can be nervous about some things, such as giving a speech infront of a class, or talking to someone new, anxiety is different. With anxiety, you are almost always nervous and are far more susceptible to panic attacks. You feel like everyone is watching you, judging you and like you stand out from everyone else. You want to impress everyone, and get nervous over whether or not you've done enough or what sort of impression you've left. Anxiety tends to always be there somewhere in your mind, whereas, being nervous is over after a while and only happens occasionly
October 22nd, 2015 6:23pm
Anxiety is when you are feeling the symptoms on a daily basis. Nervous is a feeling that you get before an important event or something you have to do and want to do well on.
October 24th, 2015 4:06pm
Anxiety is characterized by state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning. Nervous is just temporary and goes away more easily.
October 25th, 2015 12:32am
anxiety can rise your blood pressure, cause breathing problems and many more. Being nervous about something is small
October 25th, 2015 2:36am
anxiety is when you start to panic and don't know how to control your body reactions and nervous is a normal reaction to things like during tests
October 25th, 2015 5:19am
Anxiety is some condition where someone in hurry and feel uncomfortable. Just being nervous is some condition where someone only feel uncomfortable.
October 25th, 2015 5:35am
there isn't too much of a difference. Anxiety is more of an anxious feeling than nervous but they are both right there together you normally don't get one without the other.
October 28th, 2015 2:20am
Anxiety is inner turmoil, nervousness is something setting you on edge at that moment. Either can be terrifying but anxiety can be long lasting and harmful. .
October 28th, 2015 3:21am
Anxiety is like getting lost in a black hole.Even if when you know you are absolutely fine.S little nervousness is okay.But Anxiety kills your confidence ,makes you a different person
October 29th, 2015 6:09am
Anxiety is more intense than being nervous. If your talking about it as a mental illness it is also more generalized.
October 29th, 2015 6:41am
Anxiety is the nervousness that occurs frequently and on shorter intervals.Basically , the symptoms are same for both.But if you feel nervous too frequently ,It might be an indication that you are anxious.
October 29th, 2015 7:45pm
Anxiety is similar to nervousness but it is long lasting, meaning you feel like apprehensive ALL the time, sometimes psychosomatic symptoms accompany anxiety as well.
October 30th, 2015 12:44pm
Anxiety is when fear and constant worry takes over and affects your day to day life or certain areas of your life for example social life (social anxiety) fear of socializing or just general worry about everything in your life. Its like never getting over that nervousness feeling. Although anxiety can be managed and treated with the correct care.
October 30th, 2015 10:58pm
Nervousness is rooted in a specific issue or occurrence. Anxiety is constant with (often several) triggers which worsen symptoms.
October 31st, 2015 1:28am
Anxiety is the over-obsessive feeling of worry, anxiousness, or nervousness... it almost feels like feeling is going to weight on your body until you finally do the thing you've put off as long as you can
October 31st, 2015 10:00pm
I do not know your situation so cannot give you a definite answer which applies to you, however you are the expert on you. Talking generally anxiety is a long term condition that is experienced to a high level and just being nervous is a short term thing about a specific upcoming event. I am here to listen and to offer support :)