Social Anxiety Symptoms
we list Some anxiety symptoms that might accompany social phobia and other phobias. By observing any of them in yourself,
you might notice that you have social anxiety, panic attacks or other sorts of anxieties and phobias:
pain is caused by muscle tension and sometimes feel very scary to the level that people with this pain think they are going
to die of a heart attack. But this is a different pain and this can be checked out with a physician. Deep breathing and relaxation
techniques help this pain to diminish. Massaging the upper body muscles also reduce the pain.
Lump in throat & Difficulty swallowing
is caused by the muscles in the throat contracting due to anxiety or stress. Sometimes you feel like it is so difficult to
swallow and trying hard to do it makes it more difficult. It is harmless and will not cause you to stop breathing, eating
or drinking, it is just very unpleasant.
Colour loss in skin
high tension and anxiety blood is diverted to the muscles. As a result the blood
vessels in your skin surface that give the skin a pink, healthy color receive reduced blood flow and the skin loses some of
its color. It is not dangerous and will return to normal as the body starts to normalize after an attack.
is a normal physical reaction to reduce the body temperature. During periods
of anxiety and stress, as the body enters into the fight or flight mode, it uses more energy and as a result it sweats to
release the excess heat. As the anxiety subsides sweat levels return to normal. Try to avoid focusing on sweating as it makes
it worse, distract yourself by other activities and thoughts.
Shaking and shivering
is a normal reaction to fear and also happens as a response to a drop in body temperature. The muscles in the body contract
spasmodically to create friction and heat to increase the body’s heat. It is natural and normal and it will pass after
Neck & shoulder pain
part of the body’s fight or flight response, the muscles contract. It is normal for the muscles in the Neck and shoulder
area to follow this route and if the stress and anxiety lasts longer, the muscles get tense and tired and as a result we feel
pain in this area.
Indigestion, heartburn, constipation and diarrhea
anxiety and stress, the body diverts blood to critical parts that are necessary for fight or flight, mostly the muscles. One
of the outcomes would be that the blood that is necessary for digestion is diverted from stomach and digestive tract. Also
the muscles around the digestive tract can become knotted. As a result we might feel indigestion, heartburn and diarrhoea
anxiety has an adverse affect on sexual performance especially in men that might find it difficult to achieve or maintain
an erection. In women it might cause lack of any sexual interest.
Skin rashes, spots or dryness
symptoms are common among people suffering from anxiety. Sometimes people will see eczema-like rashes around their nose, cheeks
and forehead. Usually these rashes disappear soon.
Weakness in arms & tingling in the hands or feet
of all the physiological responses in anxiety we can have tingling feelings in hands or feet and also feel weak in arms or
legs. The feeling of legs giving way under the body weight is one of them. Usually
shaking and moving hands and legs can recirculate the blood to these extremities of the body and stop the tingling feeling.
body fluids are diverted for use in other parts of the body during anxiety, the mouth becomes dry. To counter it, try to sip
water or suck sweets to lubricate your mouth.
knows that the result of extreme anxiety during the day is having difficulty falling asleep. We have to try to have enough
sleep because lack of sleep actually increases the anxiety symptoms.
One of the more distressing effects of anxiety, insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or to
remain asleep. It is important to regain regular sleep patterns as lack of sleep can lead to disturbing symptoms.
and nightmares tend to mimic what is going on in our daily lives. If we are relaxed and contented we have pleasant dreams
and usually do not remember them. If we are disturbed or confused our dreams are more likely to be too. Nightmares are unpleasant
but harmless, the more you master good sleep and practice breathing and relaxation exercises the better your dreams will become.
Fears of going mad or losing control
are not going mad if you think you are J If
you are scared you are going mad, it means you are aware of what is happening to your mental process. People who really go
mad don’t know what is happening to them. Confused nervous messages to the brain along tired nerves in a tired body
do not constitute madness. So don’t be scared, it is just that your body and brain are tired and exhausted with anxiety
and you receive wrong messages.
Increased depression & suicidal thoughts
and anxiety are different and the result of different chemicals in the brain but sometimes they are felt together. Anxiety has some similar symptoms to depression but still is a different state of mind. It is better to
deal with it with actions and thoughts rather than anti-depressant drugs that are made for depressive moods.
and anger is part of fight or flight feelings we have during anxiety. It is a normal reaction to anxiety for some people.
Aggression and anger can be controlled through Anger Management techniques.
Flu like Symptoms
the body is fighting flu, it releases anti-bodies into the blood to attack the virus. This and flu cause the body to feel
weak and sweaty and painful. Anxiety can cause the same symptoms. The way to get rid of it is to exercise.
adrenalin is released into the body, it creates many different reactions to deal with danger. One is to dilate the pupils,
allowing more light to enter to be prepared to see the danger. When you are anxious, you become sensitive to bright light.
It can become so severe that sometimes anxious people wear sunglasses to reduce the sensitivity.
affects different parts of the body, including the endocrine system. Endocrine balances the body glands and the secretion
of hormones into the body. The human brain has centres that control the levels of released hormones and during anxiety periods
these centres are affected and might change the hormone levels. Sometimes women will have irregular menstrual cycles and men
might have mood swings because of the levels of testosterone in the body. These can be controlled and corrected by drugs.
of the results of anxiety is tension in all muscles. In the neck and shoulder muscles, this can create feelings of headache
and a tight band around the head, pain in the eyes, forehead or face.
an anxiety attack, the body fluids are directed to organ important for fight or flight response. This can cause soreness and
dry eyes which is irritating.
Pins and needles sensations in the skin
nerve signals in the body can create these feelings which will cease after the anxiety is reduced.
people do everything faster, they talk faster and walk faster, etc. Some people when they are anxious, become hyperactive
because of the tense muscles and adrenalin in their system.
Loss of sex drive
periods of anxiety can decrease the sex drive because the body is focused on the up and coming imaginary danger and also exhausted.
Toothache like pains in the face and jaws
happens because of the tension in the neck, shoulder and face muscles and tooth grinding that sometimes accompanies anxiety