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  1. #1
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    Anxiety Symptoms - The List


    Having read a number of posts by new comers asking whether certain symptoms could be down to anxiety, I thought it might be good to list the different symptoms suffered by Anxiety sufferers. This comes from AnxietyCentre.com:
    Quote Originally Posted by AnxietyCentre.com
    Common Anxiety Symptoms

    Here are some of the many symptoms associated with anxiety disorder (because each person has a unique chemical make up, the symptoms and their intensity will vary from person to person).

    The Member's area of this website contains explanations on what causes many of these symptoms and why they occur:

    * Burning Sensations throughout the body
    * Chronic Fatigue
    * Electric shock feeling
    * Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax
    * Feel like you are going to pass out or faint
    * Feeling cold or chilled
    * Hyperactivity, excess energy
    * Increased or decreased sex drive
    * Muscle twitching
    * Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
    * No energy, feeling lethargic, tired
    * Numbness or tingling in hands, feet, face, head, or any other places on the body
    * Persistent muscle tension, stiffness
    * 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
    * Trembling or shaking
    * Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom
    * Warm spells
    * Weak legs, arms, or muscles


    * 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 – beating hard or too fast, rapid heartbeat, palpitations
    * Heart - Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or ‘skipped’ beats, tickle in the chest that makes you cough


    * Dramatic mood swings
    * Emotional blunting
    * Emotions feel wrong
    * Frequently feel like crying for no reason


    * 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 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


    * 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
    * Giddiness
    * 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


    * 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


    * Desensitization, depersonalization
    * 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
    * Obsession about sensations or getting better
    * Repetitive thinking or incessant ‘mind chatter’
    * Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
    * You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders


    * Always feeling angry and lack of patience
    * Depression
    * 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
    * 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
    * Choking
    * Constant craving for sugar or sweets
    * Constipation
    * Diarrhea
    * Difficulty swallowing
    * 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
    * IBS
    * Lack of appetite or taste
    * Nausea or abdominal stress
    * The thought of eating makes you nauseous
    * Tight throat, lump in throat
    * Vomiting


    * 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


    * Numbness
    * Pain
    * Tingling, pins and needles feelings

    Other 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 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
    • Harming yourself or someone you love uncontrollably
    • Being embarrassed or making a fool out or yourself
    • Losing control
    • Fainting in public
    • Not breathing properly
    • Choking or suffocating
    • Being alone

    (NOTE: Each symptom is further described and explained in the Symptoms Demystifed section in the members area.)

    These are some of the more common symptoms, but this list is certainly not exhaustive.

    It is common for people to experience one or more of these symptoms. While some may experience them all others may experience only a few anxiety symptoms.

    This list is not exhaustive, Feel free to add others.

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    I also get twinges of pain in my fingers, mainly fingertips. Almost like someone has stuck a needle in my finger, very quick, very disconcerting.

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    My thanks to shoe for locating the original home of this list.
    In a mad world only the mad are sane

    Akira Kurosawa

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    I constantly grind my teeth, especially in my sleep!
    There's always money in the banana stand.

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    Re list

    Thanks for the above list. Well put together.
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  6. #6
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    I grind my teeth too Myra. I carry most of my tension in my jaw. I keep it very tight. I've been to doctors and dentists appointments where I'm asked to open my mouth and I'm always encouraged to open it further, but I can't. I just keep my jaw locked so tightly all the time. Every time I go to the dentist he has to grind off the edge of one of my front teeth. Between each 6 month visit, I manage to grind the edge of it down to a 45 degree angle. If I keep going at this rate, that tooth will be totally gone in 10 years. My molars are getting smaller by the day too. A bite plane isn't an option for me because I'm phobic about having something in my mouth all night. My panic attacks take the form of a choking sensation, nausea and an inability to swallow. Having a bite plane in my mouth brings on major panic, so I can't use one.

    I also have nightmares about my mouth being closed so tightly and locked in such a position that opening my mouth will cause all my teeth to break off. It's no wonder I wake up in the morning with jaw pain.
    “Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi //// "I won't go back to living in a cage." ~ Marty Casey

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    I was actually thinking about getting some of those mouth guards that keep you from grinding your teeth in your sleep.

    Couldn't hurt anything.
    There's always money in the banana stand.

  8. #8
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    Thanks so much for putting this list together, its amaizing how many symptoms I have that is on it! Makes me feel a bit better when I read them, so when my attacks come, I know its not life threating. I have a real bad fear of dying and of course I know im not sick etc, but still the attacks come, but good to know that they aren't going to make me die!!

  9. #9
    i had this weird pressure feeling all over my body last night when i tried sleeping. i was laying there and all of a sudden i felt hevay pressure on me and i finally shot up in bed and gasped and i was shaking and couldn;t breathe well. is that form anxiety? i didn;t see it on the list.

  10. #10
    i forgot to add that my hearing went faint. like part of my ears were covered and everything seemed distant. i really hope it's just anxiety, but i don't know. anyone else have this?



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