Anxiety

Common Anxiety Symptoms

Common Anxiety Symptoms Infographic

common anxiety symptoms infographic

If you have read some of my recent posts, you’ll know I have been struggling more than usual with my health anxiety. As this was happening, I connected with a good friend who also suffers from some serious health anxiety. She shared with me a picture that listed off common anxiety symptoms.

She told me it helped her whenever she began to worry about her health – she could look at the picture and remember that her racing heart or difficulty swallowing or whatever it was she experienced was a normal symptom of anxiety. Not anything more.

As I dealt with my own health anxiety, which did focus on things like difficulty breathing, tightness in chest, and heart rate among other issues, I found solace in that image she shared with me. So, inspired by it, I created my own little infographic shown above to help anyone else who may be worried about some of the ‘weird’ things happening in their body.

Other Common Anxiety Symptoms

This infographic is by no means exclusive. One of the websites that has helped me SO much in the past, Anxiety Center, lists 100 anxiety symptoms! Unfortunately, I am not exaggerating when I say I have experienced almost every. single. one.

Here are some other common anxiety symptoms you may have not heard of before:

  • Pain in jaw – TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint)
  • Pulsating, throbbing in ears
  • Radiating pain in the left shoulder (mimicking a heart attack)
  • Shooting chest pains
  • Brain fog
  • Depersonalization or derealization
  • Memory loss
  • Frustration, irritability, mood swings
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • slurred speech

For a full listing of anxiety symptoms, visit anxietycenter.com!

Of course, I am not a doctor and this is NOT medical advice. if you experience a new symptom you are worried about, there is no harm going to the doctor or a professional to see what’s going on.

If you’re like me and you have experienced these issues for years, they do not feel any less scary the 100th or 1000th time around. But recognizing them for what they are is one of the first steps to working through a panic attack!

Though I still struggle with many (maaaany) anxiety issues, for the first time in my life, I can stop a panic attack before it happens just by recognizing the “early warning” symptoms I get.

 

13 thoughts on “Common Anxiety Symptoms”

    1. Definitely not fun! It does help when you can take a step back and realize these symptoms are normal anxiety symptoms and not ahhh-i’m-about-to-die symptoms lol. By the way, just browsed through your blog and I love it! :)

  1. This is a very wise and useful post Lauren.
    For folk to be aware something is about to start happening is important. With experience and support it is possible to move to a stage where a suffer can think ‘Whooops. I know what might happen next,’ and then move in a relatively smooth manner to an appropriate counter-measure. This does take time and is not always successful but knowing there is a way out is some help.
    Best wishes
    Roger

    1. Thanks Roger! Our house is a gigantic disaster right now due to renovations and I have not been feeling physically 100% but somehow my anxiety has been relatively under control, which is a nice break for my usual response to stressful situations!

      1. Glad to read you have the anxiety under a measure of control.
        It seems to be an unwritten law of moving house that for months it will be a disaster area while all types of work is done.
        And also the whole business is quite draining so it’s not surprising you aren’t feeling 100%.
        Hope you feel better soon.
        Best wishes
        Roger

  2. With brain zaps, do you mean where it’s like you get a weird sensation that you can hear in your ears for a second; like something happens in your head? :|

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