Symptoms of Anxiety
There are so many different ways that people experience physical anxiety, and so many ways people describe the symptoms, that an all inclusive list is impossible.
Some common emotional and physical symptoms are:
- A continuous state of tension and alertness.
- Variations in heart activity: faster, slower, skipping, louder
- Feeling light headed and/or dizzy
- Difficulty in breathing
- Pain and/or heaviness in the chest
- Numbness and/or tingling in the toes, fingers
- Trembling voice or/and body parts
- Headache, back pain, etc.
- Stomach upset
- Visual disturbances
- Feelings of unreality
- Lack of or low concentration
- Sleep problems
- Feeling desperate
- Feeling faint
Some common behavioral symptoms include:
- Avoiding situations, objects and activities you associate with anxiety
- Isolating yourself
- Seeking help from friends and family
- Performing rituals to reassure yourself
- Biting fingernails, pulling hair, etc.
Your Body Under the Effects of Anxiety
Anxiety causes many physiological changes as body prepares for action. At the perception of danger, the body’s natural alarm mechanism (the “fight-flight ” response) is activated.
- Rapid heart rate. More blood and oxygen circulate to your major muscles and organs, to help you run away or fight the danger.
- Sweating – Sweating cools the body.
- stomach upset – Digestion is shut down as strategy to save energy and allow the blood to be available for the muscles.
- Feeling dizzy or light-headed – A rush of blood and oxygen to the muscles can cause hyperventilation.
- Numbness or tingling sensations – when faced with danger, blood flows away from the fingers) and towards muscles.
- bright vision – The pupils dilate to let in more light and to make sure that we can see clearly enough. This reaction makes our environment look brighter or fuzzier