Millions of people in the United States have an anxiety disorder and share common symptoms. Some symptoms, however, are not as easy to identify as effects of anxiety. Paste Magazine discusses seven lesser-known, interesting ways anxiety can affect your body.
People with anxiety can experience forgetfulness, usually because their minds are overwhelmed with their worries. Research from a 2016 study indicates that constant exposure to stress caused the hippocampus to swell, hindering the brain’s ability to convert short-term memories into long-term memories.
Throat constriction is a common side effect of anxiety and stress. Sometimes, though, throat constriction can cause earaches since the throat and the ears are connected.
The link between anxiety and the digestive system is well-known, but most people experience nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and even irritable bowel syndrome. It is less common, but possible, for people to experience constipation as a result of anxiety.
Anxiety can cause you to be clumsier and less coordinated. This is usually just because people with anxiety are more distracted and are not focusing on what they are currently experiencing. Other symptoms that can contribute to clumsiness include sweaty palms and a tendency to overcorrect.
- Vocal Changes
The way our voice sounds and the way we talk can expose our anxiety. A shaky voice and a jumbled, rambling manner of speaking are often due to feeling anxious. Anxiety can also cause someone to have trouble speaking, temporarily losing their voice, or dry mouth.
- Weird or Bad Dreams
Sleep disorders are common for people who experience anxiety. Lack of quality sleep often leads to nightmares. People’s nightmares are usually thematic, and revolve around the source(s) of someone’s stress and anxiety, such as loss or fears.
- Emotional Blunting
People who have anxiety can begin to feel numb and disaffected. Sometimes, this is due to medications (such as antidepressants), but it can also occur naturally when a person becomes so overwhelmed by anxious feelings that they disengage entirely.