Anxiety Symptoms Explained

The symptoms we experience with anxiety are real symptoms but they are not due to a real physical illness.  Take a minute to think about what happens to your body when you’re having a panic/anxiety attack; it is in fear response mode. If you were in some kind of danger you would need to act quickly to defend yourself, that’s why we have a built-in fight-or-flight response that our body activates once we feel any type of threat.

When the body is very anxious the nervous system gives a signal to release certain hormones, (adrenaline and cortisol). When these are produced in the body,  the heart-rate is stimulated, air passages and blood vessels dilate, as well as a number of more minor effects.  You will start breathing very deeply without needing to do so and this will cause you to accumulate extra air in your chest and diaphragm area that you don’t need. (that is the reason you feel suffocated while you’re having a panic/anxiety attack) Eventually, this will cause pain because your chest is expanding beyond its limits and pushing on your rib cage.

During the fight or flight response especially, the body completely shuts off the digestive system because we don’t need it at that moment. Which is why our appetite is reduced when extremely anxious. The longer the food stays in the stomach the acid will back up in your oesophagus. This can cause chest pain, painful throat, nausea and even diarrhoea.  Muscles tense up in preparation for impending action which can lead to stiffness and pain.

Common anxiety symptoms

  • Unshakeable feelings of dread, apprehension, and irrational fears
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty breathing or Hyperventilating
  • Dizziness and feeling lightheaded
  • Chest pains and other symptoms similar to those of a heart attack
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Insomnia
  • Chills and perhaps hot flushes
  • Dry mouth
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Stomach cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and other intestinal symptoms
  • Clamminess
  • Muscle tension, aches and pains
  • Exhaustion
  • Pins and needles
  • Irritability
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Painful throat
  • Feelings of unreality

Some parts of the body are more sensitive to these than others which is why different people have different symptoms. It might be reassuring to know that all anxiety symptoms can be explained by the release of hormones in the system, incorrect breathing and the body preparing for the fight or flight response.  Although these symptoms are unpleasant they will not harm us.

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103 thoughts on “Anxiety Symptoms Explained”

  1. I don’t quite understand why you say that this is not a physical illness. You even list physical responses when you describe the illness:
    What happens to the body:-

    Breathing and heart rates speed up
    Adrenaline is released into the bloodstream
    The nervous system is on ‘red alert’
    Muscles tense up

    In my opinion, those are very much physical action and it’s an illness because it occurs at times where it may not be warranted. This is a physical illness. The only reason I care about whether it’s classified as physical or mental, is due to the stigma of this and other brain disorders. When those who doubt that mental illness is real, they often say that there is no physical evidence and that the sufferer has complete control of it. It is only due to personal weakness that they have issues. So, why diminish the very physical aspects of the illness when they are, indeed, physical and as such can help in the fight against the stigmatization of various mental illnesses?

    1. Hi Tim,

      We list the physical psychosomatic symptoms of the illness. That means very real physical symptoms that are triggered and caused by an emotional state. Often these are extensions of normal reacting to normal situations we can experience that have become miss recognised by our mind and cause our body to react in ways that are appropriate to being attacked or threatened.

      While the stigma can be of concern to people, reclassifying anxiety to avoid it, is not controlling or removing the stigma that has caused the misconception. The doubt and misconception of weakness you mention which is caused by the stigma is more properly solved by education and teaching the people who advocate those views their mistake and how their views can be considered vulgar.

  2. Jocasta Miranda Durrant

    About 9 months ago my husband was told he had prostate cancer which was a real shock for us both. He has had all the treatment now and been discharged from the hospital. But has to go for regular blood tests and see the doctor. The treatment was a success the doctor told him recently. I coped ok all through his treatment I was a little anxious but mostly I could cope with the illness. Now his treatment etc has finished I have been getting sleepless nights feeling anxious and very down at times. I feel very weepy and light headed and I can’t seem to think in a positive way. I know I have anxiety as I have experienced it some years ago and the symptoms where the same. I don’t really want to take anti-depressants if I can help it. Now that my husband’s treatment is over and we are now pass the worst of it I can’t understand why I don’t feel more up-beat.

  3. I experienced the same problem Jocasta Durrant it will pass mine did. My partner had cancer treatment. I think that the stress levels built up with me but I ever thought they had I coped ok and when it was all over the treatment my partner had I got quite bad anxiety attacks but glad to say it has left me now I tried an herbal remedy Kalms which did help me to relax.

  4. Thank you for this post because it has reassured me that I’m not going mad, nor am I going to go mad. The symptoms I have are very real, but by understanding that there are many physical reasons for the symptoms, all caused by my body trying to deal with the “threat” it perceives is happening, it calms me down and makes me realise that there is hopefully a light at the end of the tunnel

  5. I have general anxiety disorder and feel terrible psychically mostly all the time especially when I first wake up in the mornings or after afternoon nap. I don’t nap every day just occasionally. I am seeing a physiologist every 5weeks but it’s not helping. I also have Health Anxiety (hypocondria). I just feel absolutely alone and frightened and blooming terrible. Thanks for “listening “if you are still there. Bless you all and I wish you well X Lily

  6. I remember as a child always being nervous and sensitive to certain situations. Now it seems like the anxiety i used to feel as a child is stuck with me. I honestly think anxiety is a mental illness because everyday i am suicidal by not being able to cope with simple life events. Such as social anxiety, i come off as bubbly to people and humerous but in the midst of it all i get severe symptoms of anxiety that i would control if i could. The symptoms would be hot and cold flashes, muscle tension in my neck and shoulders, shortness of breath, shakiness and twitching.

  7. Hi, reading these symptoms has helped me to identify in part where I fit in all of this. I am in my late twenties and as of last year have experienced heart palpitations, feeling faint, diarrhoea, sickness, dizziness, and sometimes that ‘impending sense of doom’. It is nice to hear that I may not be ‘truly’ physically ill, but it damn feels like it sometimes. I don’t have any particular trigger – I think over the years lots of things have built up and I perhaps had a crash last year… who knows? Has anyone ever experienced this, or had an issue with being in a busy city? I have a huge desire to escape and need to be around nature! Yet feel mad for saying this around my city loving friends- I just don’t feel it’s good for my soul and am planning to leave London, after 7 years here of stressful jobs. Sorry to hear others are suffering and hope things improve soon.

    1. Hbee – I know exactly what your going through, I ‘crashed’ last year and it was horrendous but has eased but now come back, luckily for me I live in the country and it certainly helps me. My anxiety had no set triggers and can just come out of the blue. Have you tried mindfulness at all?

  8. Hbee i feel the same. Also feel the need to escape. Its odd but feels like the roght choice. I moved from london to scotland nearly 3 years ago and its the best move i ever made. Not one complaint and this helped make me feel more at home. London was way to busy for me. I too had all the symptoms you are describing but was able to beat it. All the best. Steve.

  9. I think I have suffered all my life. I remember having panic attacks at 15. Now 43 I have just come through the most horrific year of my life. I can’t explain how on high alert my body was. How shut down parts of me became. The beating heart, sense of dread, digestive problems so bad I ended up having my gall bladder removed but think it was more due to anxiety.
    I’m getting better and can o ly suggest what helps me. Firstly stop. Just stand still listen to the world? What can you hear and smell. Then breathe. fill your lungs slowly then let it go slowly. Excercise i walk up hills to het rid of excess adrenaline and most of all its ok to feel this way. Hope this helps. Xx

    1. Agree- grounding exercises can be really helpful when dealing with anxiety and panic attacks. For me, contact and gentle movement can help when I notice I am dissociating/freezing. It’s my way of being able to ‘defrost’ as my therapist says :p xx

      1. We are always still here no matter if our anxiety is upon us or left us. I have always been told you cant fight anxiety directly but by accepting it for what it is and saying ok its anxiety I cant do anything but let you get on with what your doing to me and then it will start to pass. Sort of like a victim not resisting an attacker and so the attacker stops by getting bored. The more you resist the more an attacker keeps on going if you catch my drift. It’s terrible I know when these anxiety symptoms come on and often stay for hours days or weeks and can change or are different between different people. Just know there are millions and millions of us worldwide even someone next door to you or a Ross the street could be going through worse than you or I but dont want to admit it. Anxiety wont kill us but it sure is horrendous at times. Everyone should keep in touch with other sufferers as it really is good for both you and other readers to read you getting of your chest what fresh hell your going through so we all know we are not alone. Even if your symtoms are not the same as mine they will be the same as someone elses or you may have a few symtoms the same as mine and therefore get some comfort in knowing its anxiety and not a life threatening illness. Thank you for your input and for explaining your personal experiences with anxiety with us all and for your good wishes which I send back unto you ten fold

  10. Sat here and cried tonight after finding your website, I have many, but not all the symptoms listed and I can relate to many people’s stories. It seems like everyday I don’t “feel right, or well” I have been on depressants, then came off them, was supposed to go back on, but they made me feel unwell, which just fuelled my whirling mind. I’m very tired now, but scared of going to bed, stupid I know, but I will lie awake waiting for the slightest pain anywhere and thus will start me off.
    I gave tried drinking more recently, beer, wine, this is ok on the night, after I’ve told myself that nothing is wrong and I should go out, but then the next day, the slightest hang over… Boom…panic for the whole day, even though I know why I feel rough.
    I have been to the doctors on many occasions, had many tests, bloods etc, all well and good, but like one article says, I still think they have missed something.
    I just want to be “right” again, be my old bubbly self and not what I am now, scared most of the time, that something will happen that I can’t control.
    I still go to work, but hide all my feelings and symptoms by being bubbly, when inside I’m far from it…..
    Sorry for rambling, but once I started to type could not stop
    Thank you, will try and learn the breathing stuff and muscle relaxing, supposed to be going on holiday in two weeks, Spain, I’m dreading it so much.

    1. Terrible feeling. I’m exactly the same as you. Sitting here now panicking about nothing. Worried stiff about nothing. Shaking & all nervy. HELP PLZ.

    2. Hi Pete see your post was years ago so dont know if you will read this. You say sorry to go on but you talk all you like as I for certain want to read as much from you as you’ve got to tell. It’s really interesting what you are saying . Going into long detail is also a sign of anxiety and while it may seem like your fueling it by talking so much if you try to think I’m talking too much because my anxiety is making me then it actually is a way of letting the anxiety do its work and calm down. Like the saying it’s good to talk in this case it really is as not only will it be comforting to get it off your chest it’s also comforting to everyone who reads it. So thank you for sharing and come back and share more or even go over everything again as I want to hear it and I’m sure millions of others would too

  11. Pete, like you, when I get nerves twitching in my legs or numbness in my left hand and right foot, I try desperately to tell myself that it’s anxiety, and not something horrible. At the moment, it is severely affecting my life. What’s worse for me (I’m self employed) is that my work has dropped away to nothing (it does that) so I’m not able to take my mind off it by working. I last went through this 15 years ago, and it lasted for a year. I saw a psycho-analyst then, but she didn’t help. I slowly drifted out of it, but it comes back in mini episodes. This one is the worst since 15 years ago, and started in early February with a warming sensation in my left hand. I worried what it might be…and it all started from there. The times when it’s really bad, even my teeth chatter and even my bum cheeks tense up! It would be funny…if it wasn’t blighting my otherwise good life. My wife is a help, but I keep a lot of it from her as she worries anyway.

    Pete, I hope you have a good holiday in Spain. You never know, relaxing on a sun lounger just might be good.

    I have delayed seeing my GP because I don’t want to go on happy pills. I tried drinking more wine than usual, but it doesn’t help at all. I wish it did. None of my family are aware of what I’m going through, and they would be shocked if they did, as I put on a false front. I get tearful and annoyed at the way my brain is acting. I constantly think I must have some horrible disease. Maybe I should get myself checked out, but I fear the results, and would probably still think they were wrong anyway!

    I’m going to try breathing exercises first, as I know I shallow breathe. Fortunately, I sleep ok, apart from waking up with nerves twitching. Here’s hoping we all sort ourselves out.

  12. Hi
    I thought this happened to other people.
    Then on Friday 24 June Brexit day boom.
    I had all of the feelings in your article my breathing felt that shallow I thought I was slipping away.
    I ended up in hospital (they were great but I felt stupid after a couple of hours)
    Reading your article I am so reassured and it is very well written and clear.
    It is Tuesday 28th June I had panic attacks all Monday and most of the today.
    I know I will be ok but wow
    anxiety is a powerful remainder that we are only here once ,try and relax,breathe and calm down.
    P.s I am a financial adviser ouch!

    1. Have had the exact same situation.

      It was a hot June day where I live. Had coffee for breakfast and a few sips of energy drink at the gym. After leaving the gym, I felt like I could not cool down. It was so hot outside in the car and at home.

      Soon I was starting to panic and went to the nearby creek to walk along the trail. Tried my best to calm myself but kept feeling weaker and weaker. My head was getting hot and filled feelings of dread and anxiety.

      Eventually drove to my work and asked a coworker to take me to the hospital. It was my second time in the ER in less than two year. It was embarrassing but also a huge relief. They gave me Xanax and Valium and by the evening they sent me home. There was nothing wrong except for dehydration.

      Now I know it was a panic attack with the overbreathing symptoms that prevented me from relaxing, making the anxiety worse.

      I’m not free from panic attacks but I’m cutting back on caffeine and nicotine and trying sleep therapy. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I have been suffering from anxiety for about 30 years on and off, today I was out shopping and suddenly I thought I dont feel right, Couldn’t wait till I got back to my car, I looked in my mirror and thought I looked very pale, drove home and now im sitting here with most of the symptoms above. My logical thoughts are telling me its anxiety but my illogical thoughts are telling me something is wrong with me and that im going to die. Keep telling myself I’ve felt like this before and all was ok but it’s not easy. I just wish I could be normal.

    1. Hi Christine, I totally relate to your symptoms which were very similar to mine.I seriously thought i was going to have a hear attack,stiff chest,clammy hands feeling faint etc.Ive been off work for 4 weeks now due to an overwhelming sense of exhaustion.I am now waiting on test results and will come back on here once they come through.


  14. I had horrible anxiety problems some years back and nopanic was my saviour. Always been the anxious type, but for some time now those horrible symptoms have returned. Palpitations which are so scary and lightheaded feelings. What triggers these unwelcome visitors is sometimes too mind boggling, but I have just been away on a weeks holiday and the first night I woke up telling myself I wanted to be in my own home. Wham, that’s just the wrong thing to do,but I suppose my home is my safety net. So, the whole week anxious and palpitations shared my holiday. I must now sort myself out and my first thought was joining back on here, we are amongst people who understand.

  15. I’ve had it bad for 3 weeks after exams. I’m gad and ocd. Depersonalization is a tough one. Haven’t had it much and the ocd latched on with the what if I’m not real, or she isn’t, or going nuts, what if etc..the helpline has been great. Just to hear its normal helps. I get terrible shakes and attacks in the morning, normally OK and have been good for a while, but meltdown with stress has been bad

  16. Am just reading everyone’s comments and feeling relief that we have some support and can be there for each other. I had quite bad panic attacks followed by anxiety for a few years but recovered well and had very few problems. However recently my anxiety has returned and attacks. Am trying whatever I can and so glad I found this organisation. Am joining up and looking forward to taking control again. Jackie x

  17. Have just come across nopanic and have been reading all the comments, it always amazes me how many other people suffer with anxiety and panic. I have suffered with anxiety for about 26 years but more recently was on sick leave with work related stress which increased my anxiety. Even though I have returned to work I still have bouts of anxiety and since going back to work have suffered with headaches every day which my doctor now tells me I am suffering from subliminal stress. I have attended a 6 session Cognitive Behaviour Therapy course which I wasn’t overly impressed with, this was from a referral from my doctor. I also paid to undertake mindfulness and meditation sessions which have been great. I am now really into meditation and have downloaded many different ones from YouTube and practice at least once a day if not twice. I would recommend these sessions. In the meantime I battle on with the anxiety but accept it and feel more able to control it with the breathing exercises. Hope this can help others.

  18. Hey everyone. Omg I’m in tears reading this. I’ve suffered panics as long as I can remember. I got my husband to take me to hospital yesterday cause I felt worse than ever!! I was convinced I was gonna die. I’m so scared most of the time. Life feels so hard. I drink to ease the panics but it doesn’t help the medication. When I went to hospital yesterday they gave me this number. I rang today. First no answer so I thought oh maybe it’s not a real helpline? My husband urged me to continue. I did. I spoke to this most wonderful man called Keith today Sunday 04/09. He was so calm and understanding. I felt I had a friend. He made me cry he was so wonderful. I am do grateful to have found you guys xxx

  19. I suffered anxiety a few years ago and took antidepressants, saw a Cognitive behaviour therapist (who was useless) then went to some group CBT sessions which, despite my initial reservations, really helped. Spending time with other people who were all going through the same sort of thing but suffering more than me in most cases really helped me to find a way through it. Despite their problems they were concerned about me as well and understood – it was a big help and NoPanic helped then too (a friend recommended it).

    Now the anxiety seems to be back. I’m 52 and menopausal, and the symptoms can be really awful. They’re causing me to feel ill, which in turn makes me stressed and causes palpitations, plus work is really busy, all of which is causing severe anxiety. My colleagues are sympathetic but don’t really understand. I’m tearful, unable to motivate myself to do anything, and feel like I’m going to die, but I will have to bury it all away so that I don’t worry those around me. Sound familiar?!

    It’s very cathartic writing things down. Am going to look up mindfulness (haven’t heard of that before), remind myself about breathing techniques, and also try to remember that I got through it before and can do again. So can all of you. I hope you each find someone you can talk to who will support you. Make use of your doctor, partner, friend … believe me they would be horrified to discover how much you’ve been suffering on your own and will help if they can. Share and tell them what they can do for you. It seems we have such inner strength to hide our problems – if only we could re-deploy that power into beating this terrible condition.

  20. Hi All,
    I’m 50 and have struggled with unexplained dizziness for the last 19 years. I’ve been on a long journey trying to live my life around the anxiety which has developed as a result but a horrendous divorce and now my Mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer means that life again is a challenge. I’ve just returned to work one day a week after 9 months on sick leave but struggling and still need to find a way of working more to survive.
    I have a fantastic group of friends but I know they don’t understand the way I constantly feel. Light headedness is almost a permanent state and since the divorce I now have chest tightness, and a feeling as though adrenaline is constantly being released form the top of my stomach. I’ve been put on anti depressants but don’t tolerate them well and they make me feel very agitated and sleepy.
    For all those sensitive people out there suffering the same, we can manage this and life goes on. Cherish the special people in your life, try to get outside every day and walk for Britain (my little dog is my saviour). Willing everyone on.

  21. Like a few other people on here, I too am currently in tears at reading and recognising the symptoms of anxiety. They seem to have crept up on me and keep worsening over the past few years.

    I genuinely think I’m going nuts because they take me by surprise and leave me totally floored with an inability to do anything meaningful in my time off work other than keep the house relatively clean and tidy (although that in itself is a huge struggle at times and I really only do it so that my partner has somewhere nice to call home) and absorb myself with word games on my phone to help maintain an element of focus.

    And then in the evening the wine comes out – a short-term release from the maelstrom of dread and paranoia swirling around my head.

    And yet to anyone who meets me during work, I’m pretty bubbly and full of optimism and enthusiasm for helping others .

    1. Thankyou thank you! You have just voiced exactly what my life is like. I have felt so alone and confused but now it is making sense.

  22. Hi
    Just been reading the various posts that other people have left. I understand and completely relate to their experiences.
    Briefly , anxiety has been my companion since my mid 20s , when I thought I had cancer. It became worse until I took seroxat in my early 40s , it then became less intrusive and around 2009 onwards I cut right back on the medication and life was great. Then I developed deafness and intrusive tinnitus , got through it but found it hard to cope . Tinnitus is 24/7 and I spiralled back into anxiety and depression , right now on 60 ml of seroxat and seeing a cbt therapist .
    It is hard and I would just like to say , please keep going everyone , a lot of the feelings I am learning to accept and get on with it . The worst thing is repetitive songs for me that repeat in my head and cause great stress !! I know it’s anxiety that keeps them going and hope that I can accept them and know if I do they will dissapear . They have before and will do again. A good read is ‘At last a life ‘ by Paul David . Helps me anyway.

    Cheers everyone


    1. Michelle Henderson

      I couldn’t believe it when I read your comments about the songs in your head. I have them constantly. This morning it was Duran Duran please please tell me now. Bloody hated it then hate it even more now.

  23. I have always been a bit of an overthinker and a worrier, but recently experienced a physical anxiety attack and it didnt seem to pass for about a week. I can honestly say it was the worst week of my life, purely because there is nothing more terrifying than questioning your sanity.
    It started in a restaurant, out with friends having a lovely time and all of a sudden I couldnt breathe. Not in a nervous situation at all. My whole body was trembling, my skin crawling and my tongue felt like it had a pulse. My left arm felt very weak and numb, and this seemed to go on for days.
    I was a shell of a human being, couldn’t eat, sleep and seemed to research my symptoms hundreds of times a day and convinced myself I had a fatal illness.
    I went to the doctor, had an ECG and multiple blood tests and they confirmed everything was normal.
    There is no doubt I was in physical pain, and I am now terrified of this happening again.
    I am a happy, rational person. I have just got married and I am buying a house, I have a great life and I am very lucky…. so why did this happen to me!?
    I do find talking about it helps, and I feel awful for not taking this seriously when others have mentioned it in the past.
    I am thinking of reading some self help books but I don’t know where to start!

  24. Hi Christine

    You are normal, anxiety is the worse thing I have ever known. I found out my daughter has Cancer she is 30 and she has finished her Chemo and is waiting for the scan and results. My anxiety is so bad that I wish I wasn’t me. Today I woke up and that feeling of dread followed by burning head to toe and thinking of ways not to show it to my Children who are grown up and live with me. I have always had anxiey and I thought I had learned to deal with it but it has come back with a vengence. However there is hope and breathing techniques that can help. I also see a counsellor to help. Hope this helps btw Antidepressants can help alot they helped me before.

  25. Hi, I am a 16 year old girl and after recently changing schools I have seemed to have had, what it feels like to be, the worst few months of my life. It started off with one panic attack after school, thinking I was having a heart attack or was going to die, I demanded my mum to take me to hospital and after checking me out, found nothing wrong. But now it has just got worse, I seem to have them every week and also have a constant state of dreadful physical symptoms such as faintness, nausea, tingling skin and just a general feeling of being unwell. What I find most distressing is sudden episodes (normally before a panic attack) where I feel this insane surge of derealisation (dream-like) and impending doom, and this is honestly the most terrifying feeling, I honestly have no hope and when I get to my worst points I feel as though I can’t cope. Some days I can be absolutely fine and be in a great mood but other days it seems there is nothing I can do to make myself feel alright, it is utter agony. I am trying to get a therapist but it seems to take very long, it’s just comforting to know I am not the only one.

  26. Since October 2016 I have been suffering with a whole array of varied and scary symptoms which have also been diagnosed as panic disorder and anxiety. One night I could not breathe, had shooting pains across my chest and down my left arm and pains across my shoulders-took myself off to A&E and had ECG, chest xray, blood tests etc all came back fine-doctor put me on Propranolol which I have taken since but nothing has changed in terms of pain, panic or emotions in fact if anything it’s worse and I haven’t had one day of feeling ‘normal’ since October. The only comfort I have had is buying those wheat bags you microwave and putting them on my shoulders, neck, lower back, left arm (wherever pain is most that day) and it does help to ease some of the pain and panic (albeit for a short while!). Over Christmas has been day after day of smiling through pain and emotions so as not to ruin anyone’s fun with my issues. Really want my life back and forums like this help to feel I’m not alone at this awful time (nor going mad!). I’ve given up my job which was initial cause of stress so why won’t my brain and body catch up?

  27. Hi 🙂

    Looking at the symptom checker has really helped me over the past few days and seeing these comments made me realise how great it is that there is support out there.

    I’ve struggled with generalised anxiety for a long time now, and also have had a lot of symptoms of hypochondria and pure O OCD (although these haven’t been diagnosed).

    Seeing this had helped me so much over the past few days…. Googling my symptoms has led me to quite a few panic attacks over the past month or so, and if its not my health its everything else that I worry about… I’ve felt trapped in my own thoughts constantly for a long time and this has saved me, so thank you 🙂

  28. Wow! This is crazy. I have never felt like this in my life. I am so happy, bubbly but a bit of an over thinker.
    The first time this happened to me was a week ago, I called an ambulance with all the symptoms above. Now a week later I have them still but now with just a numb face. I have been to the hospital A and E department nearly every day. In which they just given me tablets beta blockers, and now diazepam.
    I’m petrified I am going to die. I’m only 18 and I really need some help and advice!!
    I’m honestly so worried all the time

  29. Had most of the symptoms above, but have constant internal dialogue of ” do you want to live, yes, do you want to die, no.” Been admitted to psych ward twice as its made me suicidal these symptoms and feelings I cannot shake. Has anyone else suffered similar?

    1. I have suffered similar… However I now have medication and have seen a psychiatrist which seems to have really helped 🙂 The thing that helped me most was trying to think that the thoughts were not my own; they’re just an illness (although it’s not quite as simple as that).

      I hope you feel better soon x

  30. Hey!! I am from India. Not necessarily the main India-part but along the Indo-China border. There’s not much exposure here and help or service isn’t always there in terms of medical services.
    I am now 20 yrs old, female and have been suffering from anxiety disorder since 2012. It’s so difficult to deal with, atleast for me. Whenever I am in an unfamiliar surrounding or people, the feeling creeps in and at times I can’t even think properly and even freeze down the neck. I have read many articles, self help blogs but nothing seems to help. I have often read and heard the fact that you should not focus so much into it but even when I try, it doesn’t help, it just gets me. It has affected my academics and social life. I can’t even go out of my room for days at times or even go out alone. Anxiety has really affected my confidence and as a young woman, I really want to be self-empowered and confident and smart; I expect myself to be like that but withe the anxiety disorder, the panic etc, all things as simple as going for a driving test seems impossible.

  31. So glad i have read these comments after having yet another panic attack today for no reason !! Its my head that worries me like tingling pressure rushes through my body and when gets to my head im so scared .im shaking feel sick and just need to get home does anyone else get these feelings in there head ?

    1. meme22,
      Same with me, tingly head! I had a concussion in Dec of 2017, and finally after 7 months of lightheadedness and headaches, I was feeling like myself, that was short lived. Three months later, going to ER twice and finding out it’s anxiety, and now, last month, being told I do have depression (PTSD from my moms sudden passing), so with anxiety and antidepressants, I’m lightheaded and dizzy again, but I keep telling myself that it’s all the anxiety and I try to take care of myself, not over-do, go for walks,,,but yes, that tingly feeling is scary! WE WILL OVERCOME!!!

  32. At last, after years of Dr Google, a rational web site (ironically I suppose). Anxiety hit me in France in 2012 when I suddenly felt a pain shoot out from around beneath my sternum. It couldn’t possibly be the crep with lots of sugar and lemon juice. No, it must be my heart! I’d never had such an instantaneous and complete meltdown. God knows how I got through the rest of the holiday. Needless to say several GP visits blood tests, and an MRI followed. All clear. 10mgs of amitriptilyne once before bed.
    Since then I’ve gone for long periods free of (health) anxiety but then bouts of constant doubt. It switches between brain, heart, stomach, prostate: whatever area is flagging up with ‘symptom’. I cannot then help googling despite my inner voice screaming DON’T! YOU’LL FIND SOMETHING! Which of course I do. I could weep.
    I’m ‘on heart’at the moment despite hitting the gym three times a week and hitting my maximum heart rate for most of the one hour session. I felt a missed beat as I came to rest which I believe is normal but fatally focused on it. This then extended to pulse checks outside the gym setting which lead to palpitations and now even an apprehension about GOING to the gym; my only saviour until now! Got to get through it but it’s getting unbearable now. I’ve broken down and will have to visit the GP. I need therapy I think to finally try and get back to a normal life. I fully understand everyone’s comments here. I’m reading The Chimp Paradox which explains a lot but I’m so stuck in this rut that no amount of self help books seem to be working. Oh well must keep going.

    1. I totally understand how you feel. One day at work I had my first severe anxiety attack. First I didn’t know I was having an anxiety attack at the time – all I remember is feeling very stressed, shaky, nervous, a felt chills- like I was going die. I was more in control of how severe the anxiety attacks were but it wasn’t good enough for me. I constantly look for information online especially youtube, and I found plenty of YouTubers that can help you deal with anxiety like The Anxiety Guy and others. These YouTubers helped me a lot. You can also try forums received plenty of help there as well.

  33. Hey! I am from Bangladeshi. Not necessarily the main Bangladeshi-part but along the Indo-India border. There’s not much exposure here and help or service isn’t always there in terms of medical services.
    I am now 25 yrs old, female and have been suffering from anxiety attack symptoms disorder since 2010.

  34. Phil macdonald

    Hi meme22. Yes the head tingling happens to me. Having a bout of that general head stuff at the moment. Pains, pressure, slight unreality, and spacey. No matter that I’ve had all the tests it’s still gets me! Exercise is the antidote for me especially swimming. Feels cleansing to mind and body just up and down the pool works wonders! Having some CBT and reading. Try Solve for Happy. Good book. Phil.

  35. I’m a 58 year old male who has a long term relationship with anxiety and depression. First struck me in my early 20’s when a panic attack led me down the path of believing I had a heart problem. Took me 2 years to recover from that event. Had my 2nd ‘meltdown’ at age of 50. Once again, became fixated on health concern, this time it was my blood pressure. Became depressed with the most awful problems with anxiety. Prescribed citalopram, and became ‘normal’ again about a year later. Since then I have felt really well, so much so that I embarked on a year long journey to wean myself of medication. 4 weeks medication free and BAM…..anxiety has returned with a vengeance. Been feeling pretty bad for the last 2 weeks. Last night was particularly bad. I feel so frustrated and angry with myself. Read loads of self help guides and recognise its all in my own mind, but as hard as I try to connect with that mindset, I simply cannot. I hate feeling like this, and am fearful that I won’t cope. I worry that as I am getting older, my resilience will not be so strong

  36. It’s the overthinking of what’s going on during a panic attack that just makes things worse. I’ve been told over again to distract myself when a panic attack happens. If only it was that easy. It’s so hard to focus on anything else in the middle of an attack. I know I should take my mind elsewhere and focus on something else, but it’s just not happening at the moment.
    The physical symptoms, nausea, heart pounding, sweating, just do not go away by me trying to concentrate on something else, so how do I stop those symptoms? I know if I ride out the panic they fade away eventually, but some days those symptoms are with me for hours upon hours. If anyone has an answer I’d love to hear it.

  37. Omg can’t believe there’s so many responses. If had this horrible illness for 4 years now constantly everyday. My wife just doesn’t listen anymore and keeps saying it’s only yes it’s only a panic attack if only she knew how it feels. But to me as many will understand its god what is happening now every twinge pain etc it’s Google for me which please try and not do as you will make yourself I’ll. Symptoms of mine are pains in head,stiff neck,sore neck,burning pain from shoulder right to my hand,burning sensations in my legs right into my toes and of course very tired as the body is fighting all these symptoms. I am self employed and really in dire straits now making up lies not to go to work etc my god I think I have buried more granny’s and grandads than humanly possible lol. I also have had every test done all came back negative but again what if they’ve missed something cause surely panic attacks and anxiety couldn’t possibly cause these sensations.had every anti-depressant available but can’t deal with side effects so on my last one called sertralne? Anyone tried this? So on day 3 trying to ride out these side effects as I know this is my last chance so hopefully things change as I can’t put myself wife or 2daughters through anymore and yes I have depersonalised myself away for this time also sorry for the long page but sick to the back teeth of this horrible illness thank yous for listening and hope we all get better!!

  38. Kirsty Smalley

    Hello, I’m glad I’ve found this site I have been having tingling, burning sensations for a week now convincing myself I’m getting seriously ill and will have to leave my family behind. It’s driving me crazy I’ve had anxiety before but not this bad, I have started a new job and it’s very pressurised I hope it’s just anxiety down to that. I haven’t eaten properly for a week I have no appetite and food makes me feel sick. X

  39. Hi all,
    I totally feel everyone’s comments here.
    I dont normally comment but I had to mention some things that really helped me.
    Firstly cutting out caffeine had an amazing impact. I think if you are having these symptoms Caffeine can make them even worse.
    And as another poster said exercising.
    I’m not sure this ever goes away, but hopefully we can all get it well managed.

  40. I’m here because I am honestly scared for my life, I have been diagnosed with Health anxiety and have been dealing with this for almost 10 years on and off. but recently about 2 months ago after having a serious scare over one of the products I use at work I thought I was going to get cancer and die, after about 3 days of constantly thinking about it I woke up with a minor headache that started worrying me and before you know it it got worse and since then I have felt dizzy and lightheaded every day for the last 2 months and there isn’t one moment that I don’t think about Cancer or something bad, all I’ve gotten are blood tests that all came back negative for blood cancers or Diabetes. I am constantly tense and don’t even want to leave the house because I hate feeling pressure on my head and feeling like I’m walking on a boat I don’t know what to do anymore I hate being scared and I want to go back to my normal life and being able to walk straight without feeling weak. I am self employed and this anxiety has almost completely ruined my business because of my lack of motivation and lack of work and hours put in. I need help :'(

    1. Hi Jose, I also had my 1st anxiety issues 9 years ago and recently its returned. I have been having serious health Anxiety issues for the last 2 weeks. Mine started with breathlessness and then a major panic attack the following day. I’ve constantly visited the Drs and all tests have come back clear. I’m also finding it hard to believe when I have so many symptoms. I’ve had dizziness, breathlessness, aches and pains, headaches, upset tummy and tingling everyday for the last 2 weeks. Its so hard to get through it but today is the best I’ve felt in a fortnight. For the last 3 days I’ve been doing breathing exercises through this app called Calm. It’s been a life saver for me. It’s about relaxing your mind and body. Just keep telling yourself it will pass I promise you. Let me know how you get on. Maybe we can help eachother x

      1. Hi Sarah don!t know if i have anxiety ,I have had pins & needles in my hands before my hands the veins came out & pain in left arm ,can!t get to sleep properly at night ,constipated but on omprozalan for acid refluxI don!t want to take tablets if it is been to the Drs the last 3 weeks .Hope you are ok think my husband is getting fed up with me. x

    2. Hi Jose and all,
      it seems as if most of us who have anxiety,have also got health anxiety?
      I had this happen to me 25 years ago,and every day is awful.I have had psychology and cbt but to no avail,plus i take seroxat.
      The fear pumps through my body ruining each day of my life plus that of my wife.
      If i could rid my life of anxiety i would be so happy.
      Best wishes to all Garry.

  41. I was diagnosed with GAD 6years ago, at the age of 19. Cut a long story short I’ve ended up completely cutting myself off from making any life for myself. What I have come to realise is that every doubt = fear. The fear the causes the anxious cycle. This isn’t easy to adjust as it becomes automatic. One thing I can say is I have never stopped trying to find a way to combat the fear. If you eliminate the fear then the anxiety will automatically drop. We all live with anxiety but the issue is when it gets in the way of our daily lives. I started of with being anxious about losing my mind and being physically ill (dying) as I couldn’t not stop being sick and I couldn’t sleep. Doctor gave me anti depressants and referred me to CBT which helped me understand anxiety itself however to be completely honest it didn’t help me overcome it. I also experienced suicidal thoughts and thoughts about hurting loved ones which increased my anxiety. Honestly help is great and always there and I think if someone can guide you in the right direction then take it. The thing is there is only so much people can do before you have to do it yourself. I have currently started going for walks which is big for me considering I became agoraphobic. On the walks I record myself and make sure I add positive things in. What I have figured out over these many years of avoiding everything is it was/is always the fear of being physically anxious. Its hard to get to the core of it because the doubts come in so many different ways and you come up with so many different ideas. I have a long journey in front of me and a lot to learn, not just with my fear, anxiety but with myself to. All I can say from my personal experience is remember there are millions of people feeling the same as you do. You aren’t alone. There are so many different technics to try and it is down to us to take that leap. I believe people with anxiety and depression are the people there are most hardest on themselves, talk to themselves like they are talking to there worst enemy. Words like idiot, stupid etc just add fire to the doubts because we are telling ourselves this and except to feel good? Surround yourself with people that push you, this I found tricky because it is so easy to been drawn to comfort but it really does not help in anyway what so ever. I hope this helps anyone that reads it. I wish I had all the answers, could say I have recovered from it and tell you I feel great. Truth is it isn’t easy, it is hard but we have to make the effort otherwise we won’t be where we hope to be one day.

  42. You need to add vision problems to this list, I get a kind of tunnel vision. Apparently it’s the body’s way of improving focus on the thing it thinks you’re running away from. When my CBT therapist explained all this to me it was light a light bulb being switched on.

  43. I am suffering from anxiety I think. Palpitations sweats strange feeling in head burning all over ibs reflux and so much more. Been to A & E has loads of tests they say heart is fine. But I still worry it isn’t because my husband died several years ago of a massive heart attack out of the blue. Iv just retired from work which means I have time on my hands which doesn’t help. Iv tried cbt and mindfullness. Medication gives me side effects or so my mind tells me. Im sure my Dr thinks im a nuisance i go so often. I’m thinking of going to a hypnotherapist now. Has anyone tried it.

  44. Christine driver

    I started with anxiety 11 years ago when my husband passed away was bad for 12 months but dr gave me medication and I managed to carry on got myself a German shepherd he was a life saver we went everywhere together he was my reason to get up on a morning but2 weeks ago he died suddenly he was 11 now my anxiety is back with a vengeance because I miss him so much I just hope I can get through this good luck to everybody.

  45. christine i have suffered with anxiety for 24 yrs has improved and got worse in bouts.. mine is really bad at the moment i have read everyones posts which encouraged me to speak.. losing your dog is a huge trauma as you become attatched to them like a human ..i lost my dog four years ago and hello anxiety thanks for that! again ! i so feel for you of course you miss him my only option was to get another even though it was so soon after (three weeks) she will never be him but i love her just the same she is my saviour .. my anxiety started up again after a recent cataract operation how i even went through it with my anxiety i dont know have felt ill ever since nearly four weeks was convinced i was dying after general anethesia they gave me .. just needed to remind myself this was just anxiety when i fell upon no panic.. i dont feel so alone now thank you

  46. Christine driver

    Thank you Jayne for your reply I have been looking for another German shepherd and hope I can eventually find the right one ifeel worse on a morning feel shakey and sick my daughter phones me every night after which I feel more relaxed I just wish this anxiety would go away I hope you are feeling better soon and thank you for caring.

  47. christine i wish it was so simple as that it would just go away.. i have found keeping as busy as you can helps to distract your mind hence why you probably feel bad of late as you lost what kept you busy.. i do feel for you ,mornings do seem to be the worst for me and maybe lots of others i am sure ..when you sit with your morning cuppa if you can sit comfortable in garden ?conservatory ? where you can hear comings and goings of life and focus on one thing you hear.. something calming (mine is birds churping ) i sip my cuppa shut my eyes and listen then imagine what they look like feel like ,mum looking after baby , feathers silky and smooth and all the different colours and textures and how happy they are and think positive thoughts.try to go off in that wonderful world they are in and stress free !!. anything to focus on other than how you feel.. breathe slowly and relax.. its hard when you feel shaky and sick but keep perservering and it does help , focus on finding that german shepherd as you will again feel you have a purpose as thats what we all need at the end of the day have been through alot so try not to give yourself a hard time .. i am very good at doing just that .. mine is easing now from sheer terror to more calm.. 24 years is along time but not all has been awful for me incase anyone new is reading thinking i am going to have this for 24yrs !! no you are not!! mine started after i lost my dad at a very young age i spent six months in bed dropping down to six stone .. i had medication which i feel strongly helps, if one had diabetes (excuse spelling ) for instance they would take a tablet high blood pressure take a tablet .. it helped me and i went on to pass my driving test start my own succesful business and get married .. anxiety was always there but i fought it ..learned to live with it.. was married for 13 years when my husband got up four years ago and left no sign no warning .. i was alone and devastated and it all started up again .. i lost my business and my life ! i am slowly rebuilding it and i know one day i will be back where i was i wont let it not, my motto in ife is everything happens for a reason and one day i will be there to help someone else who feels/felt alone and desperate for help ..anxiety will not beat me i have almost now tried to make friends with it and laugh about it.. as another thing laughter, although hard to do when you feel so awful is such a good medicine.. if you can try and sit.. only fools and horses does it for me !! i almost forget my friend anxiety .. you take care everyone out there and you christine we will all get there ..jayne x

  48. Christine driver

    Thank you again Jayne for replying my problems and anxiety seem rather insignificant to what you have had to go through I have always been very independent and always been out and about with my dog but now I am finding it hard to leave the house but I will keep trying I know there are people worse than me but it doesn’t always feel that way ifeel for everyone that has to go through this and send everyone of them my best wishes for a speedy recovery and you too Christine x

  49. Christine no…. anxiety is what it is and whatever each and every person has been through is no less painful ..small steps you will get there i promise.. and my best wishes to you.. and all of you out there jayne x

    1. I take a low dose of a Seratonon medication that works well and keeps me on an even keel. However, in the last couple of years I’ve had 4 weird
      Episodes where I have had de Ja vue moments, then tingling in my upper arms, which has scared me a lot. Reading on here that the tingling is a
      Common symptom has reassured me.

  50. Hi everyone, I’m 27 years now and never thought I would go through something like this in my life. Everything started back in January this year when I first went to the hospital. I was feeling dizzy, with chest pain, numbness in my left arm. I knew something was not right. They did ECGs and blood tests and after hours waiting they told me I’m completely fine.
    After they reassuring me I was fine I was calm and continued with my life normally.
    It was a very stressing year so far, even though everything is getting back on track. plus my job is very stressful.
    In April I started feeling again same type of symptoms. I started to be afraid something is wrong with me and once again I go to the gp. They asked me to do blood tests and everything was fine. They told me I’m having panic attacks. They prescribed me propranolol. I didn’t took it straight away because after they told me I was fine once again I was a bit more calm and forgot about it.
    Once again the symptoms come back and I end up going to the hospital again to be told by the third time I am fine. I then started taking the propranolol but don’t see much difference.
    I went to the gp recently to ask for help as I can’t cope with this. It’s in a stage now that I’m constantly in ‘panic’ mode. I’m desperate for this to go away…
    it’s not possible that after so many times they told me I’m fine I’m still scared that something will happen to me…
    I can’t live my life as normal as I’m always scared… I’ve asked for therapy help and I’m waiting at the moment for an appointment.
    Reading all the comments above I can see that there is many people out there going through the same as I do…
    unfortunately this is something that many people won’t understand…

    1. Oh my god i feel the same situation,since i got so anxiety that i get very uncontrollable hot and cold flash at my neck upper side,i unable to sleep every night, can it be cure,

  51. Hello everyone. I have suffered with anxiety for the last 50 years, on and off. I have recently had 6weeks off work with stress etc. But the thing that concerns me the most is when I can’t think straight. I think it’s because my mind is always on the go. I can be absent minded, can’t find things, did I take my medication. My latest concern is have I got the start of Alzheimer’s. . . My brother was diagnosed about two weeks before I went sick from work. I sometimes feel numb/dead inside. I lost my husband five years ago and had to downsize to a flat a year ago, which I didn’t want to. Maybe it’s all catching up with me. I never dreamt there were so many people suffering with stress. I am so glad I found this forum. Best wishes to you all. Pam

  52. Hi Denise Your story is not dissimilar to mine. My symotoms are stinging, prickling sensations in body most of the time also pains from waist to my feet . and more. I to tried variouse alternative therapies but unfortunately nothing worked. My husband died 3 yrs ago but symptons began 6 mths later. My gp diagnosed condition as sychosamatic, I find it hard to beleive its all from the mind. I was very outgoing person but due to ongoing pains that has all changed. I feel for you and hope things improve for us both. Hypnotherapy is worth trying, anything is worth a go!

  53. hi ive had anxiety since i was 26 and im now 66 .i on meads but still suffering.scared upon waking with flashing up my arms.doc says it tention.last 6 mths ive felt so sick nausea most of each day but not been sick thing is i can eat as normal not loss my appitite at all.i have gerd and acid reflux .ive had a berium meal 2 yrs ago and bowels checked as well for other dont think much is wrong but ive read that stress can cause nausea and dosent stop you eating.has anyone else had this please.

  54. This is a message for Jayne Evans if you still come on here I hope you are feeling well and are getting back on your feet I managed to find another germanshepherd she is 3 years old and called daisy I felt great for a few month but since June anxiety is back I am doing my best to keep going but really hate this anxiety I really feel for all the people on here and send them all my best wishes and especially you Jayne.christinex

  55. Hello,

    I’ve found this website helpful hearing other people’s experiences so I thought it’s only fair I share mine,

    I am 27 years old, quite a stressful year At the back end of last year selling my house and taking on a demanding job but all seemed fine… then the start of this year is when it all started I was away on holiday when I got a call my best friend had been taken into intensive care obviously a big shock but I still seemed fine while on holiday, upon landing back in the country I went straight on the 5 hour journey to see her, now I’m not great with hospitals as it is! So I went and seen her wired upto every machine possible once again at the time I dealt with it and felt fine, then the next day I just didn’t feel right hands tingling was I think the first thing I remember, so that day I had a mini break down maybe looking back a panic attack but having never experienced anything like this before I obviously didn’t know…. so I visited a private doctors explained my symptoms, tingly hands or feet, he put it down to anxiety… on the way out of the private doctors he said do you want a full blood screening £180…. me being the worried said yes and had the full blood screening…. results will be back tomorrow (Saturday) so I ring up Saturday and of course get the receptionist and explain and I’m waiting for my results and she said ohh the doctor is not in today so I we can’t give you your results until a doctors seen them because there is a few abnormal results….. so this is where it got real bad for me all that weekend I felt really ill psychical symptoms hands feet tingling, headaches, feeling sick, tense muscles ect…. me being me took to dr google and obviously had every illness under the sun, so Monday comes the dr calls and explains the results and explains the abnormal ones are really not that abnormal and nothing to worry about…. I couldn’t get them out of my head so I lived for a week of hell panicking not really eating, so I went to the hospital, explained this more bloods were then taken… and once again all fine for a few days then I feel fine again but it just seems to go in a cycle physical symptoms come and go but are often there usually when I think about anxiety, I am now seeing a councillor to hopefully get to the bottom of the negative thoughts!

    Anyway I think I have said enough, my hand is getting pins and needles now (ohh the joys of anxiety)

    Take care


    1. Hi Lee and thank you for sharing your story. So sorry to hear of your anxiety but great to hear you have seen a councillor, do hope this has helped.

  56. This is the first time ever I decide to share what I’m going through on any forum of any kind. I am so thankful to know that I am not alone. I am 46 years old and have been experiencing random feelings of anxiety/panic for about a year. I used to think it was my hormones changing as I have never experienced anxiety or panic in my life until about a year ago. I routinely see my doctor for regular check ups and blood work and there is nothing abnormal going on as of yet. I haven’t discussed my anxiety with my Doctor yet because it hasn’t been a real problem until this week and also I do not want to be put on medication if I can help it. I am hoping to just find the root of the problem, if there is one, and go from there. My anxiety seems to be worse in the evening as soon as I lay down to sleep. I instantly feel a strange heat within my body and then I can hear my heart pounding. I will notice my breathing is shallow and I desperately try to control it. During this time, I am not at all worried about dying like a lot of people do. I’ve read enough to know that these are just symptoms of my anxiety and it will pass. The real problem that happens is as soon as I feel myself drifting off to sleep, I instantly wake up gasping for air with the feeling as though my heart has sunk, (kind of the same feeling that one has after being startled). This is an ongoing feeling for at least a couple hours before falling asleep in a sitting up position, (for some reason this helps). When I wake up in the morning for work, I’m fine for the first couple hours and then the same feelings start all over again for another 2 hours. Once that episode is finished, I’m fine for the rest of the day until I lay down to sleep again. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what could be causing this, as I have never experienced this before a year ago? Also, any advice as to what I can do to calm my symptoms down to fall asleep at night? Any information or advice would be so much appreciated.


    1. Hi Nicole. So sorry to hear of your anxiety. Quite often these anxious feelings are worse in the evenings as we are tired and trying to relax. If you would like to drop us a line at we can send you some advice and tips that may help.

    1. Sorry to hear about your anxiety Paul. It is never too late to recover. Stay strong and take a look at the resource page on our website. Maybe you would even consider joining one of our recovery services?

  57. My 12yr is suffering from stress related issues and adhd, he sure does need some tapping from time to time, he is been on and off with meds and was wondering if anyone has advice on focusing , or any good med recommendations, Straterra has worked the best but had to stop due to depression but he was not taking antidepressants at the time, adderall, riidalin and Vyansnes don’t work, I have researched online on site’s like – mayo clinic, reddit and, looking for some handy advice.

    1. Hi Robin, So sorry to hear about your 12 year old’s stress. Maybe he would like to give our Youth Helpline a call? There are many ways he could reduce his anxiety. Youth Helpline 0330 606 1174

  58. Thanks for sharing the information. Anxiety can be normal in stressful reactions and it is very harmful to our mental health. You have discussed some common symptoms of anxiety. This is a very useful blog. Can you suggest any other blog to get the information on how to overcome anxiety?

  59. We are all living in times of , we must do this , cannot let them down , sorry for being late, must do well at school etc etc.
    You see !
    When I was 16 and leaving school in the late 80s, I started a bricklayer course for five years with college in the evenings, the start of being an adult I suppose, then with taking my driving lessons and meeting my girlfriend was how things went when your young.
    After several months with college exams and not wanting to disappoint my new girlfriend , I started to not feel right in myself.
    I would feel my heart racing and my all the signs of anxiety as people have experienced, which I ended up with chronic anxiety for about 4yrs.

    Looking back , it was me who had to change my thinking to get control of myself . I started with simple things like , i would say meet you between 6pm and 6.30pm so I didn’t disappoint the other person and then thinking I’ve let them down ( negative )

    We like to please others and forget about ourselves , we sometimes do this far to many times without thinking and your own self starts asking what about me.

    Pressures in life can do this , but try not to do to many things at once or you will fail to satisfy expectations, negativity on a prolonged timeline isn’t good for wellbeing.
    My own genuine personality is partly to blame, I’ve learnt to appreciate that my own self need positive outcomes , the day to day pressures are still there even at a age of 48 , but on my terms and if I decide not to do something then I don’t do it.

    Remember ! To say no is also positive as it puts you in control.

    To anyone who is struggling with symptoms, be strong and listen to you body . And if you don’t want to do something then just say no.


  60. We are all living in times of , we must do this , cannot let them down , sorry for being late, must do well at school etc etc.
    You see !
    When I was 16 and leaving school in the late 80s, I started a bricklayer course for five years with college in the evenings, the start of being an adult I suppose, then with taking my driving lessons and meeting my girlfriend was how things went when your young.
    After several months with college exams and not wanting to disappoint my new girlfriend , I started to not feel right in myself.
    I would feel my heart racing and my all the signs of anxiety as people have experienced, which I ended up with chronic anxiety for about 4yrs.

    Looking back , it was me who had to change my thinking to get control of myself . I started with simple things like , i would say meet you between 6pm and 6.30pm so I didn’t disappoint the other person and then thinking I’ve let them down ( negative )

    We like to please others and forget about ourselves , we sometimes do this far to many times without thinking and your own self starts asking what about me.

    Pressures in life can do this , but try not to do to many things at once or you will fail to satisfy expectations, negativity on a prolonged timeline isn’t good for wellbeing.
    My own genuine personality is partly to blame, I’ve learnt to appreciate that my own self needs positive outcomes , the day to day pressures are still there even at a age of 48 , but on my terms and if I decide not to do something then I don’t do it.

    Remember ! To say no is also positive as it puts you in control.

    To anyone who is struggling with symptoms, be strong and listen to you body . And if you don’t want to do something then just say no.


    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It is always great for others to read how people have managed their anxiety, your advice is very wise. We wish you all the very best for an anxiety free future.

  61. I need help. I have weird sensory symptoms and of high blood pressure. Sudden onset this May. My bp has always been close to normal. I am 60 in a month’s time, on HRT with dose constant for years. I get prinkly tingling like being stabbed with a needle in my hands, arms and legs – made worse by a cool breeze or sometimes hot sun or swimming, or often it just happens. It’s most of the day, so not just attacks like I had before in 2012/3 (it then disappeared as fast as it arrived and at that time, swimming eased the symptoms; this time makes it worse). I involuntarily tense up even when relaxing, watching a film or talking to a friend. (I concentrate on getting my shoulders down). My eyes feel runny, when they are dry. In 2012 a neurologist diagnosed involuntary anxiety and suggested pregabalin but I refused to take it (side effects), preferring a small dose of diazepam at night.

    This time around it seems that my sympathetic nervous system is turned on permanently and won’t turn off.
    I have just been through a constantly stressful year – I’m an anxious person but have never had so many nasty physical symptoms and the high bp worries me. My neighbours bullied me relentlessly for a year, making my home feel totally unlike a home, and to an extent that it still continuing. I have it seems lost my dream of retiring to a sunnier country, where I feel better, because of loss of freedom of movement and I have been stressed and angry about that. I am isolated as do not work and husband works 13 hour days (London). I have constant conversations in my head which can only be deflected by actively replacing them with a song. I hear rhythms in my own and others’ speech patterns and feel disconnected and that I’m mad. I am unable to sleep at all without medication (unfortunately).
    I am now avoiding all caffeine, minimal alcohol as well. I take as much exercise as I can as also have much more long standing M.E and fibromyalgia. My GP is uninterested and doesn’t listen – my area has no really good GPs. I am seeing a neurologist at the end of August to check that it is just anxiety. My mind races all the time, but it’s not a classic panic attack thing as my pulse rate is normal to slow (maybe the high bp? It varies from 160s over late 80s/90s to 135 over about 85 and it changes wildly within a few minutes. I went to A&E who said it’s not stroke level but I must deal with it. The problem is brain generated secondary hypertension doesn’t always respond to blood pressure meds and my bp drops low at night because of the diazepam. My GP won’t help; just wants to hand out bp meds. I have private treatment for anxiety but it’s expensive and GP is hostile to it, so I battle on on my own.

    I exercise almost every day, moderate stuff. Swimming (despite the horrible sensations, I try to do 1.5km twice a week), walking and cycling. I am currently too agitated to read a book – can’t concentrate. Very tired too.
    My symptoms improved when I was on holiday for a week in June but have been constant ever since.
    When I was in France I saw my ex GP who was sympathetic and explained that relaxation techniques etc don’t help when it’s involuntary and I can’t control the parasympathetic nervous system response. I just have to see what damage it is all doing to my heart/arteries and hope the brain stops generating these symptoms sooner rather than later. Last time they lasted 1 year, then I had 5-6 years without them, but I am much older now.

    I am unable to do anything constructive with my life other than battle my demons. Please let me know if you think you can help me. Sorry for such a long post. I am happy to subscribe to No Panic if my symptoms correspond to anything you recognise.

    1. Hi Kate. So sorry to hear about the stressful time you have had. I have replied to you by private email. We will be here to help and support you in whatever way we can.

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