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Anxiety Symptoms, Anxiety Attack Symptoms (Panic Attack Symptoms), Symptoms of Anxiety

There are over 100 symptoms of anxiety.

Because each person has a unique chemical make up, the type, number, intensity, and frequency of anxiety symptoms will vary from person to person. For example, one person may have just one mild anxiety symptom, whereas another may have all anxiety symptoms and to great severity. All combinations are common.

What are anxiety symptoms?

Common anxiety symptoms include:

Body (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the body in general):

  • Allergy problems, increase in allergies (number, sensitivity, reactions, lengthier reactions)
  • Back pain, stiffness, tension, pressure, soreness, spasms, immobility in the back or back muscles
  • Blanching (looking pale, loss of color in the face or skin)
  • Blushing, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin
  • Body aches, parts of or your entire body feels sore and achy, feels like your body and muscles are bruised
  • Body jolts, body zaps, electric jolt feeling in body, intense body tremor or “body shake”
  • Body temperature increase or decrease, change in body temperature
  • Burning skin, itchy, “crawly,” prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin
  • Burning skin sensation on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or shoulders
  • Buzzing sensation in the feet, toes, hands, fingers, arms, legs
  • Chest pain, chest tightness
  • Choking
  • Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out
  • Clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body
  • Cold chills, feeling cold
  • Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, usual craving for sugar and sweets
  • Difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue
  • Dizziness, feeling lightheaded
  • Dizzy, feeling dizzy
  • Electric shock feeling, body zaps
  • Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax
  • Falling sensation, feel like your are falling or dropping even though you aren't
  • Feel like you are going to pass out or faint
  • Feeling cold or chilled
  • Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd, or strange
  • Flu-like symptoms, general malaise, feel ill, like you are coming down with a flu
  • Flushed face, red face, flushed skin
  • Frequent urination
  • Head Zaps
  • Heart palpitations, racing heart
  • Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy
  • Increased or decreased sex drive
  • Infection - increased infections, persistent infection
  • Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
  • Muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used
  • Muscle twitching
  • Nausea
  • Nausea vomiting
  • Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
  • Night sweats, waking up in a sweat, profusely sweating at night
  • No energy, feeling lethargic, tired
  • Numbness
  • Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
  • Numbness and tingling, and other skin sensations on hands, feet, face, head, or any other places on the body
  • Persistent muscle tension, stiffness
  • Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
  • Pulsing or throbbing muscles. Pulsing or throbbing sensation.
  • Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage
  • Sexual Dysfunction, sexual uninterest
  • Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
  • Shooting pains in the face
  • Shooting pains in the scalp or head
  • Skipped heart beats
  • Sore or tight scalp or back of the neck
  • Startle easily
  • Sweating, uncontrollable profuse sweating
  • The floor feels like it is moving either down or up for no reason
  • Tightness in the ribs or rib cage area, may also feel like a tight band around the ribs or rib cage area.
  • Tingling sensations, anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, legs, arms, head, mouth, chest, groin area
  • Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
  • TMJ
  • Trembling, shaking, tremors
  • Twitching
  • Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom (similar to urinary tract or prostate infection symptoms)
  • Warm spells
  • Weak - feel weak, weakness, low energy, light, soft, like you may faint
  • Weak legs, arms, or muscles
  • Weight loss, weight gain

Chest (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the chest area)

  • Chest tremors, trembling in the chest, chest feels like it is vibrating
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Concern about the heart
  • Feel like you have to force yourself to breath
  • Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered, shortness of breath
  • Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath
  • Heart Palpitations – beating hard or too fast, rapid heartbeat
  • Heart - Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or ‘skipped’ beats, tickle in the chest that makes you cough
  • Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
  • Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage

Emotions (see mood) (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with emotions, mood, and feelings)

Fears (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with fear)

  • A heightened fear of what people think of you
  • Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits
  • Constant feeling of being overwhelmed.
  • Fear of being in public
  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of impending doom
  • Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others
  • Fear of passing out
  • Fear that you are losing your mind
  • Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations
  • Fears of going crazy, of dying, of impending doom, of normal things, unusual feelings and emotions, unusually frightening thoughts or feelings
  • Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness
  • Need to find nearest washrooms before you can feel comfortable
  • Need to seat near exits

Head (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the head)

  • Brain fog
  • Burning, itchy, tight scalp
  • Dizziness
  • Dizzy
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Frequent headaches, migraine headaches
  • Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness
  • Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
  • Head zaps, head tremors
  • Giddiness
  • Numbness
  • Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
  • Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
  • Shooting pains in the face
  • Shooting pains in the scalp or head
  • When you close your eyes you feel like are beginning to, or will, float upwards
  • Sore jaw that feels like a tooth ache
  • TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) - clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth

Hearing/Ear(s) (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with hearing)

  • Feel like there is something stuck in your ear, that your ear canal it plugged or blocked, that there is a pebble in your ear that you can't get out
  • Low rumbling sounds
  • Reduced hearing, frequent or intermittent reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears
  • Ringing in the ears, noises in the ears, noises in the head
  • Pulsing in the ears, throbbing sound in the ear(s)
  • Tickle or itch in your ear that you can't seem to get at

Mind (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mind and thinking)

  • Afraid of everything
  • Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling
  • Brain Fog
  • Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before
  • Depersonalization
  • Derealization
  • Desensitization
  • Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss
  • Difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations
  • Disorientation
  • Fear of going crazy
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of impending doom
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Frequent feeling of being overwhelmed, or that there is just too much to handle or do
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Nightmares, bad dreams
  • Obsession about sensations or getting better
  • Repetitive thinking or incessant ‘mind chatter’
  • Short-term learning impairment, have a hard time learning new information
  • Short-term memory impairment, can't remember what I did a few days, hours, or moments ago
  • Spaced out feelings, feeling spaced out
  • "Stuck" thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that "stick" in your mind and replay over and over again.
  • Trapped in your mind feeling
  • Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
  • You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders

Mood / Emotions (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with mood, emotions, and feelings)

  • Always feeling angry and lack of patience
  • Depersonalization
  • Depression
  • Dramatic mood swings (emotional flipping)
  • Emotionally blunted, flat, or numb
  • Emotional "flipping" (dramatic mood swings)
  • Emotions feel wrong
  • Everything is scary, frightening
  • Feeling down in the dumps
  • Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
  • Frequently being on edge or 'grouchy'
  • Feel like crying for no apparent reason
  • Have no feelings about things you used to
  • Not feeling like yourself, detached from loved ones, emotionally numb
  • Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
  • You feel like you are under pressure all the time

Mouth/Stomach (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mouth and stomach)

  • A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste
  • Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching)
  • Burning mouth, feeling like the inside of your mouth is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these together or at different times
  • Burning tongue, feeling like your tongue is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these, or all of these together or at different times
  • Choking
  • Constant craving for sugar or sweets
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty talking, pronouncing certain letters or sounds, mouth feels like it isn't moving right, slurred speech
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling like you can’t swallow properly or that something will get caught in your throat
  • Feeling like your tongue is swollen
  • IBS
  • Lack of appetite or taste
  • Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat
  • Mouth muscles twitching/jumping
  • Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
  • Nausea
  • Nausea vomiting
  • Nausea or abdominal stress
  • Numbness
  • Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
  • Stomach upset, gas, belching, bloating
  • Teeth grinding
  • The thought of eating makes you nauseous
  • Tight throat, lump in throat
  • Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
  • TMJ
  • Tongue symptoms - Tingly, “stretched,” numb, frozen, itchy, “crawly,” burning, twitching, “jumpy,” aching, sore, or swollen tongue (when it isn’t).
  • Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom
  • Vomiting

Skin (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the skin)

  • Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
  • Numbness
  • Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
  • Skin problems, infections, rashes

Sleep (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sleep)

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams
  • Hearing sounds in your head that jolt you awake
  • Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night
  • Jolting awake
  • Waking up in a panic attack
  • You feel worse in the mornings

Sight (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sight)

  • Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision
  • Dry, watery or itchy eyes
  • Eye tricks, seeing things our of the corner of your eye that isn’t there, stars, flashes
  • Eyes sensitive to light
  • Spots in the vision
  • Flashing lights when eyes are closed
  • Your depth perception feels wrong

Touch (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with touch)

  • Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
  • Feeling cold or chilled
  • Numbness
  • Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
  • Pain
  • Tingling, pins and needles feelings

Other anxiety symptoms are described as:

Being like a hypochondriac, muscle twinges, worry all the time, tingles, gagging, tightness in the chest, tongue twitches, shaky, breath lump, heart beat problems, head tingles, itchy tingling in arms and legs, and so many more.

In addition to these anxiety symptoms, you may also find yourself worrying compulsively about:

• Having a heart attack

• Having a serious undetected illness

• Dying prematurely

• Going insane or losing your mind

• Suddenly snapping

• Losing it

• Uncontrollably harming yourself or someone you love

• Losing control of your thoughts and actions

• Being embarrassed or making a fool out of yourself

• Losing control

• Fainting in public

• Not breathing properly

• Losing control of reality

• Choking or suffocating

• Being alone

These are some of the more common anxiety symptoms. This list isn't exhaustive.

Reference and further information here http://www.anxietyce...-symptoms.shtml

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Anxiety is the great mimic. It's physical and even mental symptoms are so vast that it can take on the form of any disease or disorder you fear but yet there is no organic findings. Which is why anxiety SHOULD be the diagnosis of exclusion. Once proper testing is performed and health is found then the medical teams should look at the mental.

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Wow. I know there are a lot of effects of anxiety. Realistically, it can effect any part of the body or multiple parts even. To see a huge list like that is a bit overwhelming, though, and really drives it home just how many ways it can show itself. :(

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I never knew itchy eyes are symtpom of anxiety, my eyes are itchy at times. I can identify with many of these symtoms. Thankfully I have made a lot of progress since then and I no longer experience most of the symptoms of anxiety.

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I have seen lists such as this one before and they never cease to amaze me. There are just so many things that can be caused by anxiety. I'm learning more and more as I get older that our thoughts can literally affect our health. When you simply think something; you can actually cause things to happen (such as if you're worried about getting sick, you can cause your body to be more vulnerable to illness)

Our minds are powerful things and I'm not saying we cause our anxiety because I know we do not.. although sometimes I don't help myself in that department; I must admit!

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Wow, i woke up feeling very anxious today, afraid that something else was going on but, reading that list, i understand that it includes every single strange sensation i'm experiencing. Thanks :)

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Good for you Elf ! Yes its' a very valuable list to have because then those stupid , annoying symptoms are not as scary when you can see in black and white exactly what they are ! 

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This is so important to have a comprehensive list like this.. I always found it comforting during the worst of my anxiety periods, to look on these lists, as it reassured me that I wasn't alone. 

Not sure if anyone has checked this thread, but I'd love to know if anyone else has experienced the physical sensations being a trigger, to the point where even certain movements, or even physically applied pressure on a muscle, can trigger an attack. It's like it sets off the adrenaline feeling, and it's awful and overwhelming. 

It kind of coincides with #2, under 'Body' sensations on the list. It's like a pressure, but when pressed or manipulated, sends the all too familiar adrenaline surge and panic wave, like a white hot flash through my body. Very psychosomatic I guess.

 

It would be greatly appreciated to hear from anyone :) 

 

john 

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Hi. Joboy. Welcome to AC.:).

What you describe is the trigger caused by some memory your body has retained over the years. The body has 'memory' as does the brain. Ask any Osteopath. If, for instance, you had a broken arm as a child and it was in traumatic circumstances, then when the arm is touched or knocked as an adult too may feel the pain again. This is an unconscious reflex. If we are not aware of what is happening fear can so easily enter the picture and the adrenaline flows and panic can then happen. It's all about unconscious memory. Strange? Not really. The body is a mass of nerve endings and the response to touch can trigger all sorts of problems. Try not to make too much of it.    Jon.

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Thanks so much Jonathon, 

 

Your replies means alot :) 

It makes much sense, I've been going through the panic/anxiety for almost 13 years now. I've had much great help, and understand it well on a certain level, though it can morph into different symptoms as you know. 

This theory makes sense.. I just wish it wasn't so debilitating..it's present all the time, and that's why it's so hard to ignore.  I think I may be going through a form of burnout (perhaps).. this affects me so much, that at its worst (as it has been), oven rolling over in bed can trigger these feelings, it's brutal. I am unable to workout at gym properly which is one of my favourite releases and things to do. But I persist and I mostly walk, as it is low-impact. 

I've recovered from something similar a couple of times before, I guess I just feel overwhelmed that it has got to this point again. I am so determined as a person though. You are right about the body and it's responses. I am going to counselling again, though perhaps I need to find a wholistic counsellor too? Do you feel that this will settle as I focus on it less? 

 

Thankyou for your warm welcome by the way, I can't tell you how comforting it is, and what it means to get a reply like that. 

 

John :) 

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Hi Joboy. Ignore it? Not possible. Trying to ignore something that is always present is pointless and leads to more frustration. Go with it; accept it for the moment. No fighting or struggling with 'IT'. 'IT' loves a good punch up, don't give it one. It's debilitating because you expend a lot of energy trying to 'get rid of it'. Let it be. Do nothing. Yes, I said nothing. If you do nothing you don't give it the chance to cause more problems. It relies on your upsetting emotions for it's energy. You feed it with your fear of it. Take away the fear and it's energy is gone.

I am not trying to diminish your feelings. Boy, I know only too well, but as I learned to accept the clouds began to lift.    Jon.

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Hi Joboy. Ignore it? Not possible. Trying to ignore something that is always present is pointless and leads to more frustration. Go with it; accept it for the moment. No fighting or struggling with 'IT'. 'IT' loves a good punch up, don't give it one. It's debilitating because you expend a lot of energy trying to 'get rid of it'. Let it be. Do nothing. Yes, I said nothing. If you do nothing you don't give it the chance to cause more problems. It relies on your upsetting emotions for it's energy. You feed it with your fear of it. Take away the fear and it's energy is gone.

I am not trying to diminish your feelings. Boy, I know only too well, but as I learned to accept the clouds began to lift.    Jon.

Thankyou, 

 

This makes a lot of sense. I totally understand you're not diminishing what's happening.. dealing with anxiety can be counter intuitive to what we are used to.. I guess it's not about 'doing' more to heal it. You worded it really well. 

Not to go around in circles, I'm just really appreciating the conversation.. I think why I've remained stuck, is that I feel that not only am I subconsciously, and consciously reacting and fighting symptoms.. I came to a point where I was concerned, as most movements caused this on my worst days (No doubt its adrenaline and panic).. it's the amount of time it laster again that scared me a little.. It started, funnily enough, halfway through a stressful relationship.. I noticed it when I started getting attacks climbing up stairs.. on most days, even a walk up a hill can result in a huge flood of adrenaline and panic feelings.. But I guess it all boils down to the same thing, it's all a bodily over-reaction. 

 

Sorry to over analyse here.. this is the first forum this year where I've had anyone understand what I'm talking about :) 

 

Thankyou kindly once again, it means alot.

 

John 

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My therapist said something very insightful to me that I thought I would share...

I was asking how I can avoid creating my symptoms the moment I wake up. I go to sleep feeling well and I wake up feeling well, but within a few minutes I start checking myself for my nervous stomach...and JUST LIKE THAT it comes on...annoying right? So this is his response:

You don't want to erase or eliminate the old behavior, you just make a new one. If you see a path in the woods that's already made, but is longer route to your destination...you make a new path. The old path is still there but you don't go over it and bury it with leaves or dirt...In other words, create a knew behavior/ritual in the mornings to change the habit of focusing on the anxiety. He suggested getting up and reading with some coffee or going for a run.

So I guess this can be applied with anxiety in general...don't try to eliminate it, change the way you react to it. This seems to be the method that is the most effective and most recommended. BUT it's easier said than done, huh?

I'm in this with you guys.

-Casey

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He's right, Casey. You cannot stop those thoughts from coming in the morning but you can have a plan for a NEW thought to replace it and over time that new thought will start to push aside the panicky ones.   I have been prone to very upset stomachs in the morning .  I can totally relate with you on that one.  A good alternate might be thinking'' ok well my stomach's upset, so what, it's always upset, i get up and take my xyz ( med, supplement, yogurt, whatever )  and it will start to lessen. The sooner I get my REMEDY into my belly, the quicker the relief.  '' 

 

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Exactly right Joy, thought cannot be erased by hiding it etc, it's a pathway which is in use currently.  What you can do is to no longer react to the thoughts that come down that pathway.  You wake up, your mind will react to habit and you will automatically search for the stomach ache, when it's found think 'yep, thought so' but do NOTHING else, no more reaction.  Let the stomach ache be there if it wants, you've had it before, it's never caused any damage then continue with forging a new habit.  These old thoughts will try to infiltrate your new ones and your new habit, it's bound to, but it won't get far if you do not react in any way to it.  Instead, put that mental concentration on reading or making that coffee and you will find with time, you will notice that there is no stomach ache.  Practice makes perfect with this, don't give yourself deadlines, just persist with it and you will make progress.

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Thank you Joy & Mark! The funny thing is...it's virtually absent when the minute I wake up. I feel good...but tick tock it starts to gradually come on because I'm thinking about it...so yes you're both right let it come on. It's not hurting me it's just bothersome and it makes eating difficult but it goes away at night and then I can eat again.

I really enjoy the support I am getting through this site I am so grateful to have come across it

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 It's not hurting me it's just bothersome and it makes eating difficult but it goes away at night and then I can eat again.

This is anticipatory and habitual thinking, you wait for it to arrive, anticipate through habit that you won't be able to eat, then know that you will be able to eat again at night.  The only thing that changes throughout the day is the way you think, and not your stomach ache.  If you anticipate that eating will be difficult then that's exactly what it will be.  The brain is a very VERY powerful machine and has the ability to do this for as long as you react to it.  When you make some lunch, habit will tell you that your stomach isn't going to like this.  You then react to this thought by releasing adrenaline which kick starts acid production and will make you feel sick or give you stomach ache.  The state of mind to work towards is to not care whether your stomach is bubbling or aching and eat anyway regardless.. let it ache, let the feelings of sickness come and go without the fearful thoughts them sensation cause.  It's easy in theory but difficult in practice which is why persistence is key.

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Maybe I can try to schedule meals and make it routine. That way I know I have to eat at certain times of the days even if I feel sick to my stomach. I guess even a few bites is better than nothing. I 100% agree that is habitual. It's a vicious cycle :( ! I just have to break it somehow...

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You can do that but try not to give yourself strict rules over it as it will just feed anxiety.. "i must eat at X o'clock" may throw up at "but what if i can't" response.  Just say, for instance, you give yourself a 2 hour lunch window and eat sometime within it, when you feel like it. It's important not to create time limits for things too much. A couple of bites is good, don't beat yourself up if you can't manage more, take your time, nice and relaxed.  It's the habit you are working on cracking.  You can break it and you will break it, but not forcefully.

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Great stuff, when your body realises that eating doesn't actually cause any problem, the symptom will fade away gradually.  All in your own time.

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