Can I have anxiety without knowing?

anxiety

Physical Anxiety Symptoms: What is your body telling you?

Anxiety isn’t only a mental disorder. It also carries physical symptoms that can be upsetting and difficult to manage.

Anxiety also causes physical symptoms.

When you think about a time you felt anxious, maybe you recall your hands getting clammy, your legs shaky, or a raised heart rate.

Physical symptoms of anxiety include: 

  • Stomach pain and nausea
  • Digestive problems 
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Exhaustion 
  • Rapid breathing or breathlessness
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Sweating
  • Chest Pain

A panic attack is a physical experience. You may feel that you’re going to die or have a heart attack.

Other physical symptoms may include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Choking feeling
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Overheating and sweating
  • Shaking or chills

Anxiety is the body’s response to stress, in which your body provides you with a physical warning to threats and dangers. The fight-or-flight response is what this is also called.

This is how the body responds to danger – you breathe rapidly because your lungs are moving oxygen through your body quickly in order for you to escape if you need to.

Your body is not meant to always be in this state – so when you are feeling the fight-or-flight response constantly, this is a sign of chronic anxiety.

Dealing with anxiety

In many cases, if you are struggling with anxiety, you may find yourself turning to drugs and alcohol to temporarily relieve your symptoms.

However, becoming reliant on drugs or alcohol to escape your symptoms is dangerous because this can lead to addiction.

Residential rehab is the best way to go about dealing with your addiction and anxiety and getting your life back again.

Want to know how to fund rehab? Read more here. 

When to get treatment?

If your symptoms of anxiety are causing trouble to your daily life, and making it hard to complete even the most basic of tasks, then it is best that you seek treatment.

There are many treatment options available to you to help you back on track. 

Therapies like talking therapy, holistic therapy and experiential therapy can be an effective way of dealing with your feelings in a more manageable way.