Anyone who suffers from anxiety knows it’s important to try to catch an attack before it gets too intense. Romper discusses seven lesser-known signs of an anxiety or panic attack.
Well-known anxiety attack symptoms include increased heart rate, chest tightening, and shortness of breath. However, there are some other signs that are important to know so you can watch out for them if you have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can affect the digestive system and cause various stomach issues. This is because physical anxiety symptoms are intense and abrupt, which causes gastrointestinal distress. This distress can manifest as stomachaches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Dilated pupils
As we all know, anxiety ignites the “fight-or-flight” response in our bodies. What most people may not know, however, is that part of that response involves pupil dilation. This is because the “fight-or-flight” response activates the autonomic nervous system’s sympathetic branch.
- Lump in your throat
Sometimes when we’re nervous or stressed, we feel a lump in our throat. A study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that this sensation – known as Globus Hystricus, Globus Sensation, or Globy Pharyngis – can be caused by anxiety.
- Body tremors
Body tremors are very common in people who have anxiety and panic disorders. These tremors usually occur in the legs, arms, hands, and feet.
Anxiety-induced sweat is different than exercise sweat. This is because, according to sweat scientist Kati Bakes, these different sweat types come from different glands. Exercise sweat comes from your eccrine gland, and anxiety sweat comes from your apocrine gland.
- De-realization and de-personalization
When you’re having an anxiety or panic attack, it can be difficult to remember where you are and even who you are. This disconnection from environment and self can increase the feelings of panic.
Feeling tingly or the “pins and needles” sensation is another lesser-known sign of an anxiety attack. This sensation most commonly occurs throughout the extremities or on the face.