Mood & Anxiety Disorder Symptoms 

What are the Symptoms of Mood, Anxiety, and Trauma-Related Disorders?

The symptoms of mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders — whether they occur alone or  along with an eating disorder — are diverse and vary from person to person.

Depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. This means that it is common to find anxiety symptoms in individuals suffering with depression just as it is common to find depression symptoms in people living with anxiety, fears, and worries.

It is normal to feel sad or anxious on occasion, but a mood or anxiety disorder may be diagnosed when symptoms are prolonged, intense, and debilitating, and extend beyond feelings of day-to-day stress, sadness or worry.

Trauma-related disorders, including PTSD, can seriously disrupt one’s work, home life and relationships.

It can be very challenging to live with a mood, anxiety, or trauma-related disorder. However, effective treatments exist and offer relief from the following:

Symptoms of mood disorders

  • Sustained sadness or unexplained crying spells

  • Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety

  • Pessimism, indifference, apathy

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness

  • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns

  • Loss of energy, lethargy

  • Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness

  • Inability to take pleasure in former interests or hobbies

  • Social withdrawal

  • Unexplained aches and pains

  • Mood swings

  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.

Symptoms of anxiety disorders

  • Persistent or intense fear or worry

  • Feelings of nervousness, apprehension or dread

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Feeling tense, “jumpy” or on edge

  • Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Physical symptoms of anxiety include fast/pounding heartbeat, sweating, shortness of breath, shaking/tremors/twitches, muscle tension, headaches, upset stomach, dizziness, frequent need to urinate, diarrhea, fatigue.

Symptoms of trauma-related disorders

  • Reliving or re-experiencing the traumatic event

  • Avoiding situations that are reminiscent of the traumatic event

  • Feeling negative about one’s self

  • Feeling highly aroused or keyed up

  • Hypervigilance

  • Feeling anxious or unsettled 

  • Having nightmares or flashbacks

  • Feeling shame or guilt

  • Losing interest in hobbies or activities one used to enjoy

  • Feeling irritable or angry

  • Struggling in relationships

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Feeling easily startled

Children and adolescents may show signs of PTSD as listed above or they may show different symptoms of PTSD. They may be more likely to: 

  • Display “oppositional” behavior

  • Abuse drugs or alcohol

  • Practice self-harm

  • Act out sexually

  • Overly focus on video games or online activities

  • Dissociate, feel numb or unreal

Seek help for mood and anxiety disorders

Mood and anxiety disorders can feel very isolating. Often, when a person is really struggling, they struggle to reach out for help. However, we want you to know that recovery is possible!

You can call us today to speak confidentially with a Master's-level counselor and learn more about the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program at Eating Recovery Center. Please call us at 877-825-8584.

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