Effects of Anxiety on the Body

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Although we all suffer from anxiety from time to time, for some people it is so chronic they cannot get out of the situation without professional assistance.

Anxiety can affect your body physically and make you quite ill. If any of you have gone through panic attacks, like I have you can relate. Anxiety needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Either by learning to cope with it yourself, by seeing a therapist for help or perhaps your physician for medication. Although we all suffer from anxiety from time to time, for some people it is so chronic. They cannot get out of the situation without professional assistance. Here are some effects of anxiety on the body.


Symptoms Of Anxiety

One of the symptoms of anxiety that can be quite frightening and make it worse is a pounding heartbeat that is irregular. Heart palpitations often occur with panic attacks, but they can happy at any time if you are anxious. If this is happening to you, you should arrange to see one of the vascular doctors at your local hospital. This is to ensure that it is your anxiety that is causing the problem and to rules out the possibility of heart disease.

The other symptoms can include an upset stomach, extreme fatigue, an increase in blood pressure, aches and pains in your muscles and joints, headaches, moodiness, breathing problems, a sense of doom and depression.

Not all victims of anxiety will suffer all of the symptoms, but even some of them can make the problem worse as the sufferer has an extra anxiety with their health.


Short-Term Anxiety

Short-term anxiety is what you feel before a job interview or before giving a talk to a group of people. This type of anxiety is actually good for your body because it is short-lived but while it is there it increases the blood flow to your brain, preparing it to deal with the upcoming event.

This type of anxiety might make you feel a bit light headed or nauseous, but that will disappear when whatever is causing is over.


Other Types Of Anxiety Disorders

There is not just one sort of anxiety or one cure that fits all.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder is excessive anxiety for no logical reason. It is estimated that nearly 7 million Americans suffer from this. Which in its mildest form will let you carry on with your normal life, but at its worst will be very disabling.
  • Social anxiety disorder is suffered by people who have a fear of social situations, and of being humiliated by others. This can start very young, at about 13 years of age. It is estimated that more than 15 million Americans suffer from this. Most of them do not seek any help for at least 10 years.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. It can be years after the vent before it manifests itself. Often is common after wars, natural disasters, and physical attacks.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder is when sufferers feel overwhelmed to carry out a task in a particular order or to have things in certain places around their home or workplace. The tens to be obsessive about things like hand washing, counting or checking everything is right a number of times.

Whatever type of anxiety you are suffering from, do not feel alone. There is more than half the American population that suffers it in one form or another. Plenty of support groups and online forums you can chat to for help.

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