Is My Anxiety Affecting My Physical Health?
A lot of people think that anxiety just affects the mind. While it certainly affects the way we think, anxiety can also have an impact on our physical health.
How anxiety affects the body
The physical effects of anxiety can be as taxing as the mental effects of it. Generalized anxiety disorder, for instance, can cause the following physical symptoms:
- muscle aches
- irregular heartbeat
- shortness of breath
- excessive sweating
- tingling or prickling sensation (also known as pins and needles)
Anxiety can also have an effect on digestion and may lead to abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or bloating.
In some cases, having an anxiety disorder can cause one to lose or gain weight unhealthily. An increase in weight, of course, increases one’s risk of developing other health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol.
There are also cases of people with excessive anxiety who experience a number of skin issues such as eczema, hives, rashes, and pimples.
What causes anxiety
Anxiety is the natural reaction to stress. It arises in the region of our brains called the amygdala.
Feeling anxious from time to time is normal and in fact, considered healthy. What’s not is when that intense feeling of fear and uncertainty interferes with your daily activities, lasting for six months and more.
In the United States, nearly 40 million people or 18 percent suffer from anxiety disorders.
Researchers from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America are learning that anxiety disorders run in families and may develop from a complex set of risk factors including brain chemistry, genetics, personality, and life events.
Traditionally, anxiety disorders are treated through therapy and anti-anxiety medications. However, not everyone responds positively to these treatments. If you’re one of them, there are alternative treatment options out there like TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation.
NeurOasis TMS takes pride in offering this form of therapy for patients who are not getting the results they want from conventional treatments. You can schedule a free consultation with us by calling (520) 338-2557 or filling out this form.