Anxiety Community
23.1k Members
363281 tn?1590104173

Anxiety Symptoms Part 1

I just copied a list of all anxiety symptoms, you will be amazed. Here it is: I will post in section as I have been told it is too long.

Common anxiety symptoms include:
Body (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the body in general):
Allergy problems, increase in allergies (number, sensitivity, reactions, lengthier reactions)
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, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin
Body jolts, body zaps, electric jolt feeling in body, intense body tremor or “body shake”
Body temperature increase or decrease, change in body temperature
Burning skin, itchy, “crawly,” prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin
Burning skin sensation on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or shoulders
Chest pain, chest tightness
Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out
Clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body
Cold chills, feeling cold
Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, usual craving for sugar and sweets
Difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue
Dizziness, feeling lightheaded
Dizzy, feeling dizzy
Electric shock feeling, body zaps
Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax
Falling sensation, feel like your are falling or dropping even though you aren't
Feel like you are going to pass out or faint
Feeling cold or chilled
Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd, or strange
Flu-like symptoms, general malaise, feel ill, like you are coming down with a flu
Flushed face, red face, flushed skin
Head Zaps
Heart palpitations, racing heart
Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy
Increased or decreased sex drive
Infection - increased infections, persistent infection
Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used
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
Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
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 uninterest
Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
Shooting pains in the face
Shooting pains in the scalp or head
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.
Tingling sensations, anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, legs, arms, head, mouth, chest, groin area
Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Trembling or shaking
Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or lightheaded
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 (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the chest area):
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
Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage
Emotions (see mood) (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with emotions, mood, and feelings)

23 Responses
363281 tn?1590104173
Here is the rest of the list:

Fears (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with fear):
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
Head (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the head):
Burning, itchy, tight scalp
Dizziness or light-headedness
Frequent headaches, migraine headaches
Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness
Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
Head zaps, head tremors
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
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
Hearing (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with hearing):
Reduced hearing, 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
Pulsing in the ears, throbbing sound in the ear(s)
Mind (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mind and thinking):
Afraid of everything
Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling
Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before
Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss
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’
Short-term learning impairment, have a hard time learning new information
Short-term memory impairment, can't remember what I did a few days, hours, or moments ago
Spaced out feelings, feeling spaced out
"Stuck" thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that "stick" in your mind and replay over and over again.
Trapped in your mind feeling
Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders
Mood / Emotions (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with mood, emotions, and feelings):
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
Mouth/Stomach (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mouth and stomach):
A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste
Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching)
Burning mouth, feeling like the inside of your mouth is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these together or at different times
Burning tongue, feeling like your tongue is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these, or all of these together or at different times
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
Lack of appetite or taste
Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat
Mouth muscles twitching/jumping
Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Nausea vomiting
Nausea or abdominal stress
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Stomach upset, gas, belching, bloating
Teeth grinding
The thought of eating makes you nauseous
Tight throat, lump in throat
Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
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
Skin (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the skin):
Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Skin problems, infections, rashes
Sleep (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sleep):
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
Sight (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sight):
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
Touch (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with touch):
Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Feeling cold or chilled
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Tingling, pins and needles feelings
Other anxiety symptoms are described as:
Being like a hypochondriac, muscle twinges, worry all the time, tingles, gagging, tightness in the chest, tongue twitches, shaky, breath lump, heart beat problems, head tingles, itchy tingling in arms and legs, and so many more.

In addition to these anxiety symptoms, you may also find yourself worrying compulsively about:
• Having a heart attack
• Having a serious undetected illness
• Dying prematurely
• Going insane or losing your mind
• Suddenly snapping
• Losing it
• Uncontrollably harming yourself or someone you love
• Losing control of your thoughts and actions
• Being embarrassed or making a fool out of yourself
• Losing control
• Fainting in public
• Not breathing properly
• Losing control of reality
• Choking or suffocating
• Being alone

These are some of the more common anxiety symptoms. This list isn't exhaustive.

363281 tn?1590104173
886552 tn?1241590297
i read that and theres quite a few things that relate to me
Avatar universal
i don't have time to read all of them ... but i just wanted to ask a question.
i often get thoughts of what is present and what is past and it freaks me out:S when i see a picture that i took some time ago or a year ago. or when i speak and say a word i notice that i have said the word and it went away in the past ( WTF IS PAST ? ) it gives me the creeps guys  ... i get scared and think that this can't be true. what is time? what is memory? and it gets me anxious :S  any advice how to get out of my missery? :S
Avatar universal
I been going through some of the stuff you listed and its is really hard to deal with, really does make you feel like your going crazy. Hopefully I can get through this in one piece.
900323 tn?1266601180
Though it kinds feels good to read these symptoms partly because its good to have an explanation for my behaviour and partly because it makes feel like I'm not alone.

I just wonder if anyone can give advice, suggestions or descriptions of (beneficial) ways they are dealing with their symptoms?
756668 tn?1287225387
You are right...you are not alone.  Millions of individuals deal with anxiety and depression in different ways. What may work for one person may do nothing for another.  I do not suffer from depression.  On the contrary I am a very happy person who justs suffers from having anxiety attacks.  Was diagnosed 8 yrs ago with GAD. I tried different meds, and doctor notice that anti-depressants made it worse...for ME!  so I take a benzo for when they get bad.  For the most part...I am doing well...it is that 10% I wish would just disappear.  but reality is that I try to do my best and keep on going.  I exercise alot..that helps!!!!  Trust me.  I know what triggers my anxiety and with this knowledge I keep myself away from those situations.  Try keeping a journal it works for me.  My finace helps me out alot too...when I feel one coming on he can see it even if I don't say anything....he holds me and tells me it will all be okay. I do yoga..relaxation exercises and those are very helpful to me..and then for the extreme times I have a full blown panic attack..I have my medication.  

I tell myself all the time that I will not let anxiety control me...instead I will control it.  Sometimes that easier said than done...but I never give up and just keep on trying.  

hugs and I do hope you find what works for you!  
786232 tn?1241742056
I have a lot of those symptoms listed above...started after my possible risk of contracting HIV about 1 yr ago.
I got panic, stressed, guilt & anxious and get tested numerous times until 9 mnths post exposure, all came back -ve. My condition worsen after i quit smoking cold turkey 4 mnths after the incident.
I experience muscle twitching all over body, tremors, neck stiffness, tingling in hand & feet, lightheadedness, nausea (occasionally), upset stomach (gas), sore throat, muscle aches/pains, weakness, drowsiness.
Those symptoms are still there until today.
I'm in doubt whether anxiety symptoms can remain for a long term... :-(
709686 tn?1277432159
I too have almost everyone of the listed symptoms.  I've tried just about everything know to modern science from antidepressants to valium...NONE OF THEM WORK!

I'm to the point that I am FURIOUS with my situation.  I can look back just 3 years ago and I did not have any anxiety symptoms....WTF!

So here is my challenge to all of us.  Do we want our lives back?  Are we sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Has modern medicine failed us and are we looking for someone to heal us?  WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT???

I do feel the body and mind can heal itself if given the chance.  Do we take yoga?  Move the the Caribbean and live on the beach?  THERE HAS TO BE SOMETING we can do to reverse these horribel effects.

I'm willling to to ANYTHING to get my life back.  I'm tired of hurting, tired of being anxious and unhappy.  I've tried prescription drugs with minimal effects and now have a drug addiction to show for it.  

ARE WE TIRED OF NOT ENJOYING LIFE??  I'm looking for someone to go on a journey with me.  A journey what wont be easy but with the help and support of someone on this board we can do it together.  Ditch the drugs, support each other and get our lives back.

Avatar universal
Mine started about 3 months ago because i thought i was having a heart attack and that i was dieing, ever since then iv been a mess but im still trying to work through it.
Avatar universal
I read through all of this. It is unreal how much can happen to a person with anxiety. But my only thing is , how does anxiety mess with a persons speech? Plus , how does anxiety mess with a persons sense of balance when walking? I was under the impression that those 2 symptoms were strictly neurological related.
907179 tn?1246641716
it seems as if i have about 95% of these symptoms!! ... and, it started about 20yrs ago!!.. and about 12 yrs ago it reached an all time high!... But, just knowing that i am not alone in these feelings/ symptoms does give me some relief in a wierd way!

to Joeman79 i have those balance/ neurological problems as well sometimes... I thought it was from all the medications the dr's have had me off and mostly on for so many yrs!!...

Then, when i had to go cold turkey off the meds a few months back (do to the DR. not calling in the 'script correctly before moving,) some being stolen while moving 800 miles... those balance/ neuro problems went haywire on top of the severe w/drawl!!

I ended up at the hospital in my new state...w/out insurance( on the weekend when the dr's office's are closed) and they treated me like a homeless criminal!!  one day after driving the uhaul / and car w/ everything i owned to my new state!!..Thank god, i got things straightened out w/ my Dr. in my prior state before leaving w/ a 3 month supply to be called in monthly until i can find a new DR. here and begin the process of getting off these meds all together!!

I have cut the amount in half (Xanax) in the approx 7 weeks i have been here on my own!... but, i have an uphill battle to climb w/ no insurance and no clue as to what DR will take on my "case" as a cash payment. I just have to believe and know that i moved away from a negative situation for a reason (the cause of so much of the anxiety, fear, ptsd, etc.... ) And, I had my mother help me move here....(god bless her heart) who is my hero and the only person in my family or the few friends i actually have left that really care or know that this is a disease and "not all in my head" or that i am not an "addict"!!....  She just wants me to live thru this.. as her worst fear is of me dieing from the medications b/c people fill her head w/ horror stories!!.... But, i am going to ask her to look at some of the great information on this site so she can understand that this is all going to take time!!

And, with that being said.... anyone that is dealing w/ taking  Xanax, panic attacks/ disorder/ PTSD, IBS/Chrone's disease/ severe physical pain (and emotional)... please talk w/ me. If i can help someone that is just taking a small dosage/ or worried about anything i have been through i love helping others. As well as anyone that think they can help me to deal w/ talk about my situation would be greatly appreciated!!

godbless!! <33
363281 tn?1590104173
Anxiety can affect your balance because when you are "uptight" all your muscles, and even arteries constrict, well, this would cause a lack of complete blood flow and that in turn could cause the unsteadiness, also, when "tight" nothing moves fluidly, and that, too, can cause awkwardness as the muscles are in a spastic mode.

As to speech, same principle, tight face muscles cause tightness all over including the mouth area.

There is are two excellent books out by Dr. Clarie Weekes, one is called "Hope and Help For Your Nerves" and the other is called "Peace From Nervous Suffering" She goes into to detail regarding lots of the above symptoms and it is like she is sitting next to you talking, I highly recommend it to all who have anxiety. You can get it at borders or amazon on-line.
Avatar universal
I appreciate your response angel. But the biggest question on them all is, how can anxiety make a person slur words or as its stated above :

"Difficulty talking, pronouncing certain letters or sounds, mouth feels like it isn't moving right, slurred speech".

I honestly didnt think this is an anxiety symptom. I was always under the impression that this particular symptom is related to more serious neurological problems such as , stroke, brain tumor, ALS, MS, things like that.
Avatar universal
Wow , looks like we posted at the same time, i didnt see ur response to me until after i posted.
Avatar universal
Finally after about 5 months of all this **** i finally got through all it, i still have some after effects from all the stress i went through but its nothing compared to how it used to be so for that im very great full.
Avatar universal
I have been suffering with many of the issues you post in your list of anxiety issues/situations. I now feel better since my doctor thinks I am crazy when I tell her about the electric shock sensations I feel in my check that goes away as quickly as it started. How does one deal with this. My husband and I have both been laid off hence the anxiety. However, I have a God that can do anything but fail. I am trusting in Him to take care of me. Thanks for your posting.

Avatar universal
This just goes to show you how sick someone can feel when they have this disorder. Doctors just brush it off and think that people are overreacting about the symptoms but it is truly one of the worst feelings i have personally felt. Especially if you feel like this all the time. I hope someday doctors and proffessionals realize that Anxiety is really caused by an imbalance of hormones (adrenal glands send out more adrenaline if you are low on cortisol) and it is not a condition people can get over by just thinking happy thoughts. It actually is a physical condition even though it was brought on by a mental condition.
Avatar universal
Is it normal to have almost all these symptoms almost all day every day for the past 3 months. Becuase I do. I am havin the worst time in my life right now and just can't seem to get rid of this anxiety. All I can seem to think about is my heart health and the constant fear that I will have a heart attack, or some heart condition. It is ruining my life, and just consuming everything. I feel like i can not even fucntion right any more and am constanly suffering,i feal evry pain heart beat twich you name it .any advise would be great.
Avatar universal
I am also having almost ALL these symptoms everyday ALL day. I had my 1st panic attack in February 3 days before I had my gallbladder removed. I have been nothing but SICK since then. I am trying to raise a 1 year old child and I have been planning a wedding for over a year that wont happen bc I dont want to be sick during,. :( I am not sure what to do. My symptoms for the worst are... dizziness. blurred vision. ear pressure. weakness. hard breathing and hot flashes or (zaps) I am not sure how to handle it I believe something else is wrong with me but my doctors told me there is no other tests they can do on me or no other doctors (specialist)  they can send me to I am perfectly healthy. Is it normal to feel SO sick all the time? I have no fear of anything I am HAPPY girl no sadness or stress.
363281 tn?1590104173
Courtney~Yes, it is possible to have symptoms almost on a constant basis. There was a time in my life, I was about your age, I had them all the time, I thought I was going nuts. I was constantly afraid of dying, worried all the time about my heart, (still am at times) was miserable, With prayer and good docs I finally came out of it,but to be honest, I still have set backs. Reading that book called "Hope and Help for your nerves" and "Peace from nervous suffering" really helped, I used it so much I wore them out and had to get new ones, they are invaluable. I believe you can still get them through Amazon. I know how much you are suffering, I don't think there is anything worse than "emotional" related sickness, at least with a cold, you can do things for it,but nerves, ugh, horrible. I would like to add that the reason I feel you are feeling every heart beat is because you are so in tune to every thing your body does, you have become sensitized to all function,thus, the beating seems extra prevalent, that is what the book calls "sensitization" and it explains how to get over that.

ABSO9. I can relate to your frustration, again, they are all anxiety related and the pits. I would suggest those two books for you as well. The one thing the author did say that helped to encourage me was the symptoms of anxiety can only go so far, then, they can not hurt you anymore, meaning once you have experienced the worst, which appears that you both have, the symptoms can not get worse.

One thing I would suggest, and I bet the docs have not checked you for this, I would be willing to bet you may both have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) all the symptoms you mentioned can be experienced with this. I would try to cut out all sugars, processed foods, and eat more veggies, fruit, wholesome food, and try to exercise some every day. I have it, and when it gets out of control, I get some of the symptoms back. Some docs do not like to recognize this problem as there are no drugs for it, but, it is real just the same. Also, if you have it, your adrenal glands can get out of whack, this, too, causes the anxiety symptoms. Oh, also, try taking a good, food grade B vitamin supplement, the B's are the nerve vitamins and really can help. I like the brand called Standard Process, they are made from organic food and very pure, they are the only brand that does not give me a tummy ache.

I hope this info has been of some help. Hang in there, it gets better, and please continue to post here, talking about it does help.

Blessings to you both.
Avatar universal
WOW!  What a list.  

Honestly, just about everything you listed, I've read can be caused by a magnesium deficiency.  It affects your adrenals (affecting stress, anxiety, fear, panic, etc.); your muscles (heart function, breathing, aches, pains, TMJ, twitching, tics, spasms, etc.); central nervous system (coordination, exciteability, restlessness, insomnia, etc.).  Depression, fatigue, hyperacusis, you name it.  

The zips and zaps you mention:

"Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations."

The Importance of Magnesium to Human Nutrition
Michael Schachter M.D., F.A.C.A.M.
(Online article)

I suggest you do some researching on magnesium through google.  There are also some great books out on Magnesium.

I think you need to work on your magnesium, electrolytes (Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium and Calcium), and get a really absorbable, high nutrient, multi-vitamin & mineral supplement.  Plus eat nutritiously, with vegetable broths and soups, and fruit/veggie juicing.  It will all make a fabulous difference.  

The safer and more effective forms of magnesium include: Taurate, Glycinate and Citrate (can be laxitative -- take with food).
Avatar universal
Just noticed your last reply.  Wonderful!  You're doing better.  I'm glad you mentioned the B Complex Vitamins -- they and Magnesium are sooooo important to handling stress.

Also, some good reading for people:



"Magnesium: The Stress Reliever"  by Leo Galland M.D., F.A.C.N. (online article)

"The Importance of Magnesium to Human Nutrition" by Michael Schachter M.D., F.A.C.A.M (online article)

"Magnificent Magnesium" by Priscilla Slagle M.D.

Have an Answer?
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar universal
Arlington, VA
370181 tn?1428176748
Arlington, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out what can trigger a panic attack – and what to do if you have one.
A guide to 10 common phobias.
Take control of tension today.
These simple pick-me-ups squash stress.
Don’t let the winter chill send your smile into deep hibernation. Try these 10 mood-boosting tips to get your happy back
Want to wake up rested and refreshed?