Does being anxious affect the body? Physical signs of anxiety

Imagine this. You’re sitting in your office at work, staring at the clock, fearing that in five short minutes you will be giving a presentation to the company’s C-Suite executives, which could prevent you from earning the promotion you’ve worked so hard for if you mess up. Your mind is racing with everything that could go wrong; you trip and spill your coffee all over the Chief Financial Officer’s lap, your presentation doesn’t load and you forgot all your notes and backup, or you totally blank and freeze up. As you sit at your desk watching the last few minutes tick by, you wonder if you’re about to have a heart attack because you’ve never felt your heart race this fast, the room starts spinning and your hands are clammy.

Everybody has experienced this kind of fear and panic at least once in their life, which is a completely normal human reaction, also known as flight-or-fight. When does this sense of anxiety go from a normal human experience to something more? When you begin having these symptoms on a weekly or even daily basis, it may be time to seek out help from a trained medical professional such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. Although anxiety presents itself differently to every individual, some of the most common physical symptoms of an anxiety or panic disorder include

  • Heavy sweating
  • Hard time breathing
  • Extreme chest tightness
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain and nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Hyperventilation

Often times people mistake anxiety orders for a physical ailment and spend months trying to figure out what may be wrong. If you or a loved one experience one or more of these symptoms on a frequent basis, it could be an indicator you may be suffering from an anxiety or panic disorder. Have you made the decision to talk with someone to see if you have an anxiety disorder? Marriage and Family Services is here to help you work through your anxiety and help you get back the life you deserve. Call us at (561) 503-3059 to schedule an appointment today.

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