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What are the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety?

Physical symptoms of Anxiety affect different organ systems in the body.

Here are some of the common physical symptoms of anxiety:

  1. Nervous System:
    • Excessive worrying or apprehension
    • Racing thoughts
    • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
    • Restlessness or feeling on edge
    • Irritability
    • Muscle tension or trembling
    • Hypervigilance or feeling easily startled
  2. Respiratory System:
    • Shortness of breath or feeling breathless
    • Rapid breathing (hyperventilation)
    • Sensation of choking or difficulty swallowing
    • Chest tightness or discomfort
    • Frequent sighing or yawning
  3. Cardiovascular System:
    • Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
    • Palpitations or pounding heart
    • Chest pain or discomfort (often related to panic attacks)
    • Fluctuations in blood pressure (hypertension or hypotension)
  4. Gastrointestinal System:
    • Nausea or stomach upset
    • Abdominal pain or discomfort
    • Diarrhoea or frequent bowel movements
    • Loss of appetite or changes in eating habits
    • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  5. Endocrine System:
    • Sweating excessively (diaphoresis)
    • Hot flashes or chills
    • Trembling or shaking
    • Feeling light-headed or dizzy
  6. Musculoskeletal System:
    • Muscle tension or stiffness
    • Body aches or soreness
    • Restlessness or fidgeting
    • Difficulty relaxing or feeling tense
  7. Integumentary System:
    • Skin problems such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis may worsen due to stress
    • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
    • Hair loss or changes in hair texture
  8. Reproductive System:
    • Changes in menstrual cycle (irregular periods or worsening premenstrual symptoms)
    • Decreased libido or sexual dysfunction
    • Difficulty achieving orgasm

Since anxiety leads to so many physical symptoms, it commonly leads to diagnostic challenges. Also, sufferers may worry excessively about the possibility of physical illnesses.

In an individual patient, some of these symptoms may be more prominent than others. Also, anxiety symptoms can vary in type and severity over time and may occur simultaneously or intermittently.

It’s essential to recognize and address these symptoms to effectively manage anxiety disorders and improve overall well-being. Consulting a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment is crucial.