Physical Effects Of Severe Anxiety On The body

Most people associate anxiety disorders as a mental condition. This is why those who don’t suffer from anxiety problems are seldom able to comprehend the physical effects victims can suffer from.

Attacks don’t just occur in a victim’s head. It is as real as it gets physically too.

Here are some physical symptoms that you can suffer from if you have anxiety disorder.

1) Heartbeat acceleration

If you have never suffered from a sudden accelerated heartbeat, lucky you.

And I don’t mean the type of fast heartbeat you get after a good run in the park.

I’m referring to the hard pounding on your chest. So hard that it literally jerks your body back and forth with every beat. And it can be so scary that you fear that you are in the final moments in life.

2) Blood pressure spike

Most people should be able to make sense out of this physical effect on the body.

When you get excited and anxious, a spike in blood pressure is as certain as where the sun rises every day.

Victims of high blood pressure can suffer from:

  • nervousness
  • vertigo
  • facial flushing
  • etc

In extreme cases, it can also lead to stroke.

3) Fatigue

Fatigue is a common symptom of numerous conditions and illnesses. And that includes anxiety disorders.

Sometimes we can just feel too tired to do anything and just prefer to stay home instead. This is even when we had done nothing strenuous the whole day or the day before.

Just be mindful that fatigue can be a sign of something more mild or sinister than anxiety. If it happens very often in daily life, have that condition checked out before something more serious happens.

4) Dizziness

I’m no doctor. But I’d say that it is normal to suffer from a little dizziness once in a while.

I can get dizzy right after an intense run on the track or when taking a rest after playing soccer. Sometimes, I even suffer from it a few seconds after jumping out of bed too fast.

I attribute them as the body not having enough time to move blood to the brain due to quick changes in physical positions.

But if you get dizzy for no reason out of nowhere, something could be wrong.

Victims of anxiety disorder can frequently suffer from dizziness. And it could be a safety hazard if it occurs at work or even driving on the road.

5) Stomach upset

This is the one symptom that puzzles a lot of sufferers.

How does anxiety, a condition generally associated with the brain, have an impact on gastrointestinal issues?

Do not ignore if you suffer from:

  • gas
  • nausea
  • indigestion
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • etc

6) Body aches

General muscle functions can be affected. This is when you can suffer from muscle spasms, tensed up muscles, even pain and aches.

Be mindful of identifying when muscle aches are normal or abnormal.

If you went to the gym the day before or had an intensive exercise session, it is normal if you suffer from general muscle aches and pains in many parts of the body.

It is when you are suffering from these aches with no apparent reasons that you could have a problem.

I once suffered from muscle aches on my hands for what I thought was with no apparent reasons. Later I attribute that to using the smart phone late into the night the day before.

7) Sweating

Any regular person should understand that sweating is normal when there are physical exertions or if the weather for the day is warm.

So if you sweat without doing anything strenuous under the air-conditioner, it could be a sign that something is not right with your general condition.

Sweating is the body’s way of detoxing and cooling off. Don’t turn a blind eye to what you body is trying to tell you.


You can probably see that the physical effects of anxiety listed above are general symptoms that cannot definitively pinpoint a problem.

The takeaway is that if you feel that you suffer from anxiety and your body displays the symptoms mentioned, it could be time to see a doctor and get your condition analyzed and diagnosed.