If you don’t manage it properly, the anxiety disorder can lead to a number of physical symptoms that may influence our life. It is important to find a solution to the root cause of the problem.
Timely anxiety, that lasts for a few hours or a few days because of a concern, an objective, a stressful event or a challenge to meet short term does not cause serious consequences in our body.
Now well, at the moment in which anxiety is maintained over time, is not managed and it’s allowed to even go for more, its psychological impact makes a dent in our health and various aspects of which we are not always aware.
Today we want to tell you about these effects, the impact that, sometimes, we associate with other dimensions and neglecting the root of the problem: our underlying anxiety.
1. Dilated Pupils
Not related to sensitivity to low light, pupillary dilatation is a symptom of an underlying problem that is necessary to know and treat.
- Having dilated pupils may be due, among other reasons, to a State of maintained alert.
When our anxiety is high, it is common to experience this unusual little symptom that can lead us from dizziness, seeing strange lights around us and a reduction of our visual quality.
2. Difficulty swallowing
The difficulty in swallowing while we eat or drink is another very common symptom when we experience anxiety.
- This symptom is called dysphagia and is a clear somatization of anxiety disorder. It relates to our glands that produce the saliva.
- We should not forget that the anxiety has a very specific purpose: to prepare ourselves to escape.
Therefore, the main objective of our body is to save all liquids to take care of the muscles, because they are the ones who must help us to run, to flee, and thus, that liquid will be saved to be able to sweat.
If we don’t have saliva in the mouth because of the own anxiety, it is very difficult that we could chew food and therefore swallow it.
The anxiety disorder will make your veins and arteries of our body to contract with a very specific purpose: provide more blood to the muscles.
- The circulation, therefore, is more intense, and this helps with vasoconstriction, which leads to a classic headache.
- This type of headache is usually more common in the early hours of the day and in the evenings.
4. Pain in the jaw
There are certain areas of our body which tend to accumulate greater both anxiety and stress. We’re talking about the neck, shoulders, back and jaw.
If you notice that the jaw pain is more intense in the morning and it goes up to your ears, it is likely that you are suffering from bruxism, that means that your teeth are grinding at night because of the stress and anxiety.
It is necessary that we ask our doctors, although a dental splint can help us in these cases, the idea is that we work on finding the sources of the anxiety and manage them properly.
5. Go to the bathroom more often than usual due to anxiety
Everybody have experienced it once: when facing a situation of anxiety, such as a job interview or a test, it is common that we have to go to the bathroom several times.
- It is common, but at the same time a curious fact because, when we suffer anxiety, kidney tends to produce less urine. The reason? Like I already mentioned before: Your body saves on liquids to offer them to the muscles.
- At the same time, the basic need to eliminate unnecessary weight in order to escape faster, our brain commands us to go to the bathroom to eliminate urine, and this makes us go so many times to make only “a few drops”.
6. The derealisation: the feeling that what surrounds us is not real or we are not part of what we see
This is strange, but those who have experienced a period of intense stress or anxiety will know what we mean.
It is when, suddenly, we have a clear sense that what surrounds us is not real. It’s like seeing the world from the outside and we don’t feel part of it.
What is the reason for this? Well, we have to say, first of all, that if this phenomenon often happens to us we must discuss it with our doctor.
- Intense anxiety affects our lungs.
- What we do often is breathing very fast and when we accumulate too much oxygen is common to experience two things: the first is the hyperventilation, and the second one is to notice some sense of derealisation.
Our brain does not process properly this situation and it is common to notice this uncomfortable feeling.
In conclusion, we are confident that on some occasions, we might have noticed any of these symptoms. There is nothing wrong if this happens to us once or twice, the greater risk lies in the fact that these situations are something common and recurrent.
Ask for help, talk to your doctor and begin to better manage your sources of anxiety.