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What are the symptoms of anxiet...

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A great many people come to the anxiety forums to report symptoms that seem as remote from anxiety, panic or worry as the the sun is from the moon. But reproduced here, with permission of anxietycentre.com is a list of symptoms which has been reported to them. Please feel free to add or comment as you see fit:





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, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin

Body temperature increase or decrease, change in body temperature

Burning skin, itchy, "crawly," prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin


Chronic Fatigue

Clumsiness, feeling clumsy




Electric shock feeling

Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax

Falling sensation, feel like your are falling even though you aren't

Feel like you are going to pass out or faint

Feeling cold or chilled

Flu like symptoms, general malaise

Flushed face, red face, flushed skin

Heart palpitations, racing heart

Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy

Increased or decreased sex drive

Infection - increased infections, persistent infection

Muscle twitching


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 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

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 un-interest

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.

Trembling or shaking

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 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

Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage

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

Burning, itchy, tight scalp



Dizziness or light-headedness

Frequent headaches, migraine headaches

Stuffy nose

Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness

Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness



Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling

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

Frequent or intermittent reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears

Low rumbling sounds

Ringing in the ears, noises in the ears, noises in the head

Afraid of everything

Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling

Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before




Difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations

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’

Trapped in your mind feeling

Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear

You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders

Always feeling angry and lack of patience


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'

Frequently 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

A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste

Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching)


Constant craving for sugar or sweets



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

Frequent upset stomach, bloating, gaseous


Lack of appetite or taste

Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat

Mouth muscles twitching/jumping


Nausea vomiting

Nausea or abdominal stress


Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling

The thought of eating makes you nauseous

Tight throat, lump in throat

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



Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity


Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling

Skin problems, infections, rashes

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

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

Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity

Feeling cold or chilled thrush


Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling

Tingling, pins and needles feelings

Hypochondria infections thrush white coating tongue

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