Even though anxiety is an emotion, it can cause many physical symptoms if you experience heightened levels or have an anxiety disorder. Some people will go from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what is wrong with them. They might be diagnosed with acid reflux, or other illnesses, but really anxiety is causing their symptoms. It’s very difficult to pinpoint if something is anxiety related, or if you actually have something else wrong with you. That’s why it is best to see your doctor if you have physical symptoms and aren’t sure if they are anxiety or something more. A doctor can undergo many tests to eliminate certain illnesses. But, some illnesses are very hard to decipher, such as acid reflux, that’s why sometimes you may have anxiety, but it’s actually diagnosed as something else. If you find yourself taking medication for a diagnosed illness and it doesn’t seem to help, talk to your doctor, they may find that you actually have anxiety or some other issue. Physical symptoms from anxiety can be hard to diagnose, but once you find out it’s anxiety, you will already start to feel a little better. Below I will discuss information on what are physical symptoms of anxiety?
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
There are many symptoms anxiety can cause. Some people might experience many symptoms, while others only experience one or two. It just depends on your level of anxiety, your body, and how you react to certain experiences. Also, there may be symptoms of anxiety that aren’t mentioned, don’t let that fool you, check with a doctor because it could still be anxiety. We all come from different make-ups, so everyone’s body reacts differently. Below are physical symptoms that can be caused by anxiety:
- Brain zaps (feel like brief vertigo episodes)
- Feeling tense
- Stomach aches
- Throwing up
- Light Lightheadedness
- Tingling or numbness (especially of the hands)
- Feeling faint
- Dry mouth
- Hot flashes
- Feeling off balance
- Esophageal spasms
- Body aches
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly
- Feeling tired (loss of energy)
- Feeling weak
- Trouble concentrating
- Sleep issues (inability to fall asleep or sleeping too much)
She is constantly exhausted at work because of anxiety.
Most Common Symptoms
There are many symptoms of anxiety. Your mind is a very powerful tool, which is why anxiety can cause physical symptoms. Our entire body is connected and if something seems off, our body will repel, and this causes physical symptoms. When something isn’t right our body can tell. Physical symptoms is our body’s way of telling us “hey, something isn’t right here so I want to try to fight it off”. If you have an anxiety disorder you’ve more than likely felt some sort of physical symptom. The most common ones are: dizziness, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, trouble concentrating, gastrointestinal issues, feeling tired, and having trouble sleeping. If you have any of these symptoms and aren’t sure if you have anxiety you should definitely get it looked into. If you find yourself worrying a lot, or in general are a nervous person, the culprit may be anxiety. Anxiety often gets looked past because you might not think you over-worry but you’re doing so subconsciously. Always look into all possibilities, especially if you have the common symptoms.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder: This disorder is when you persistently worry about activities and tasks. This may even be everyday usual things. You tend to put things out of proportion as to how they actually are. This anxiety often affects you physically. Many people have this disorder along with other ones, and often have depression. You may not realize right away that you have this disorder because it almost feels built into your routine.
- Panic Disorder: This type of disorder involves a sudden peak of intense anxiety that can occur within minutes. This intense anxiety turns into panic attacks. You may feel many symptoms such as; a sense of doom, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain, and more. You may worry about have panic attacks come about when you’re in public, so you may start avoiding certain situations.
- Agoraphobia: This is an anxiety disorder that causes you to avoid or be afraid of certain situations that make you feel embarrassed, scared, trapped, or helpless.
- Anxiety Disorder from a Medical Condition: With this disorder you have strong anxiety or panic that is specifically caused by a health issue you possess.
- Social Anxiety Disorder: This disorder occurs when you are in social situations and tend to fear or avoid them. You feel as though you may be judged which brings about self-consciousness and embarrassment.
- Phobias: This disorder occurs when you encounter a specific situation or thing that makes you feel an intense amount of anxiety. It is common for the specific phobia to bring on panic attacks. For example, you may have a phobia of elevators, sharks, becoming ill, and more.
- Substance Anxiety Disorder: This is when you have an intense amount of anxiety from missing a drug, taking a medication, ingesting a toxic substance, or drug withdrawal.
- Separation Anxiety: This is an anxiety experienced in children. It occurs when a child feels anxiety when they are separated from their parent or someone that plays a guardian role.
- Selective Mutism: This is a disorder that occurs when children are afraid to speak in certain situations. They may not speak in school, but speak just find at home or in other situations. This can cause an issue at school, social events, and other situations.
- Other Anxiety Disorders: There are phobias and anxiety issues that don’t always meet the identical criteria of specified anxiety disorders. Unspecified disorders can still be disruptive and cause intense anxiety.
No matter what anxiety disorder you have there are options that can help you. You might find that you need to seek help from a Psychologist or Therapist. On the other hand, you might be able to relieve your anxiety on your own by doing self-help treatment. It all depends on the intensity of your anxiety and how your body responds to certain treatments. Talk with your doctor to decide what will work best for you.
If you are someone that does well with self-help you can try doing self cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a therapy that helps you change the way you think and act about certain situations. You learn step-by-step how to accomplish goals and make things happen. Check out my article on how to undergo self cognitive behavioral therapy to see if it’s right for you.
Check out how to learn self CBT here!
You Can Get Through This!
No matter what type of anxiety you have and what your physical symptoms are, you can free yourself from anxiety. You need to figure out what is causing your anxiety and make some alterations. It may take some time figuring out what triggers your anxiousness, but when you do you can start to eliminate from messing with your life. Now that you know what are physical symptoms of anxiety you can figure out how to start feeling better and getting through your anxiety!
If you have any questions ask them below. I’m always happy to help!
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