Symptoms of anxiety? I'm sure my symptoms have a physical cause. How can THAT be caused by anxiety?!
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tests reveal no physical ailment to cause the symptoms you are
experiencing, and doctors tell you that these signs are caused by anxiety, this does not mean that there is no physical cause.
Your symptoms do have a physical cause.
In the body, anxiety is a physical reaction that has very real physical effects.
Anxiety symptoms are very real, and do have physical origins.
of the functions of our sympathetic nervous system is to keep us alive
if there is danger that we must fight off or escape from. You have
probably heard of the "fight-or-flight" response - this is exactly the
response that the sympathetic nervous system brings on.Any time the
sympathetic nervous system is activated, we experience feelings of anxiety (and get symptoms of panic and anxiety).
Imagine the way you feel right before competing in a sporting event:
heart racing, maybe you're a bit shaky, you feel excited. Excitement is
one form of anxiety.
If we can physically run
from danger, run a race, compete in a sport, etc, the body performs
optimally because of the sympathetic nervous system.
Although anxiety can cause all of these symptoms, remember that these symptoms can have other causes, too. Make sure to see a medical professional for a complete checkup if you do experience these symptoms to rule out medical causes before assuming that anxiety is the cause.