Anxiety Symptoms: The Complete List

Postby Chill » Thu May 24, 2007 7:37 pm

This is for everyone who is uncertain as to whether or not they have anxiety. As someone who was once convinced they were going crazy, had a brain tumor, going to have a stroke, etc., this list should help comfort some of your concerns about what you are feeling. Courtesy of anxietycentre.com:

Body:
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:
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

Fears:
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:
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
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
TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) - clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth

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

Mind:
Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before
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

Mood / Emotions:
Always feeling angry and lack of patience
Depression
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:
A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste
Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching)
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
Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat
Mouth muscles twitching/jumping
Nausea or abdominal stress
The thought of eating makes you nauseous
Tight throat, lump in throat
Tongue twitching
Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom
Vomiting

Skin:
Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Skin problems, infections, rashes

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:
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:
Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Feeling cold or chilled
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
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Postby satanstoystore » Thu May 24, 2007 7:49 pm

How about a list of things that help? I think it would be pretty nifty.

I will start it off:
YOU can FEEL GOOD using [someone with panic/anxiety please finish the sentence with whatever works for you].
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Postby Chill » Thu May 24, 2007 8:17 pm

satanstoystore wrote:How about a list of things that help? I think it would be pretty nifty.

I will start it off:
YOU can FEEL GOOD using [someone with panic/anxiety please finish the sentence with whatever works for you].


A list of things that help would be nice, but this list was put up because the symptoms of anxiety can mimic the symptoms of something more serious, causing people to believe it's something else. I just put this up here to show that a lot of times it ISN'T something that serious and nothing to be preoccupied with.

but to add to your list: YOU can FEEL GOOD using communication with those close to you who can relate to what you are going through.
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Postby chijcy1962 » Fri May 25, 2007 1:26 am

YOU CAN FEEL GOOD BY...Living your life and if you have a PA, so
what, you'll survive, and the next one too.

I never realized there were so many symptoms. Holy crap!
Heart palps to me are the scariest...but you gotta 'let it ride'. :wink:
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Postby mrcrow » Fri May 25, 2007 7:38 am

very comprehensive list
i think we all can find something on there to agree with..
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Postby Nathan9099 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:19 pm

Great list :) i am currently going through anxiety and convinced myself i had a brain tumour (Damn google) i went to see a GP and he said it was anxiety but i wasnt sure, seeing this list has convinced me that it's nothing bad, thank you :)

For thing's that help.. already been mentioned but yes talking to others who have gone through anxiety really helps, also i find being around others do also (friends,family)

To anyone with anxiety, good luck with it. It WILL pass even though sometimes it feels like it won't. :)
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Postby paulo111 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:29 pm

satanstoystore wrote:How about a list of things that help? I think it would be pretty nifty.

I will start it off:
YOU can FEEL GOOD using [someone with panic/anxiety please finish the sentence with whatever works for you].


You can feel good... avoiding very sugary foods / drinks which definately agrivate anxiety.

You can feel good... giving it your mrs

You can feel good... running for 30min-60min per day, no slacking!
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Postby xxxkimmixxx » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:23 pm

god i feel so much of that list :(
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Postby paulo111 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:47 pm

xxxkimmixxx wrote:god i feel so much of that list :(


No worries, here to help :P
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Postby satanstoystore » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:08 pm

xxxkimmixxx wrote:god i feel so much of that list :(


Well, these lists are a great resource to find new ways to feel horrible.
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Postby TomH86 » Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:04 am

Listen to the following:

Nick Drake
Elliott Smith
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Postby whitbywitchuk » Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:08 am

How about anxiety that only starts when you are being treated for hypothyroid and are not yet up to full dose?
I ask this because so many forums are full of poor people suffering from this and no explaination is really given except low adrenal function?
thanks
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Postby jurplesman » Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:03 am

As to causes and possible treatments see:

Self-help Personal Growth Psychotherapy
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Postby gp » Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:12 am

You can feel good by treating it all as a playground bully who is trying to get you and giving it all someones name (make one up). When it hits you, say to yourself that 'John Smith' is trying to get your crisps again but you aren't going to let them as you've got salt and vinegar today and they're your favourites. I found it a lot easier to rationalise it into a human type character.

Sort of works for me anyway!
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Postby idiocy » Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:44 am

hi. that's an interesting way of dealing with it gp.
I guess it would work if this is just psychological.
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