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Symptoms of Anxiety

Symptoms of Anxiety

Reading and researching symptoms of anxiety became much more helpful than researching illnesses I didn't have. I printed out a list of symptoms and carried it around for months. The list below is an condensed version, some of these symptoms are surprising, some are shocking,  some are terrifying - have them all at once and you've got yourself one very confusing and frightening experience. You can get this under control, it can be managed and the symptoms lessened, or banished completely.

Back pain, stiffness and spasms
Either looking pale or constantly flushing (fun)
Body jolts and zaps
Burning or prickling skin
Chest pain (you think you'll have a heart attack but you won't!)
Choking, feeling like your tongue is swelling
Chronic fatigue, even after sleeping a solid 8 hours
Clumsiness (I smashed two mugs at work while sweating and panicking for no reason)
Cold chills
Difficulty speaking (my mouth drooped at one point and I thought I'd had a stroke)
Dizziness (this was constant for me, terrifying and debilitating at times)
Feeling cold
Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd or strange (disassociation) 
Heart palpitations
Increased infections (your immune system is shot)
Nausea and fear of vomiting (I was convinced that if I did throw up, I'd throw up blood)
Night sweats
Numbness (emotional and physical)
Rib cage tightness
Phantom cough
Phantom shooting pains
Skipped heartbeats
Sore or tight scalp
Sweating
Trembling or shaking
Twitching
Unsteadiness
Frequent urination
Weakness
Weight loss

Then fear takes over.

Paranoia
Constant feeling of being overwhelmed
Fear of being in public (so much fun when you have to work)
Fear of dying
Fear of losing control
FEAR OF GOING CRAZY
Constant feeling of impending doom
Fear of making mistakes with tragic consequences
Fear of irrationals things
Fear of passing out
Heightened self awareness
Fear of being alone (because then you'll have to listen to your own repetitive loop tape in your head)


Then your mind plays tricks.


Difficulting concentrating (I forgot one of my client's names at one stage)
Difficulting thinking (this can be terrifying)
Disorientation (I got lost on street I have driven a thousand times before)
Nightmares (this deserves a post on it's own)
Repetitive thinking (ooo more fun)
Short term memory doesn't function properly
Oh and there's more...
Diarrhea (pleasant)
Dry mouth
Lump in your throat no matter how hard you swallow
Insomnia
Feeling worse in the mornings
Eyes sensitive to the light
Hallucinations (rare, but I definitely experienced this)


This list isn't exhaustive there are many more but, I firmly believe that knowledge is power. Anxiety can play MAJOR tricks on you and it can be hard to tell what is anxiety and what is real. That's part of the horror of it all. I hope by naming and normalising these symptoms it helps someone else. I'll talk more on what I've done to help alleviate the symptoms as Sergeant Calm progresses, as always if you have a story to share, please get in touch!
At ease.

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