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Symptoms of Anxiety/Panic


Do not self diagnose. Anxiety Disorders can mimic a number of physical illness and it is important that a medical assessment, including clinical tests, and diagnosis are made by your treating doctor/specialist.

The symptoms of anxiety can be many and varied. People can experience symptoms from several categories at the same time.

These can include dissociative symptoms such as depersonalisation and derealisation, the 'fight' and flight' response - rapid heart beat, rapid breathing, effects of hyperventilation and muscle tension. People can also experience a number of different effects as a result of their anxiety and panic attacks.

Fight and Flight Response.

The fight and flight response is a natural response to danger in humans and in animals. When activated, hormones are released through the body to enable us to either fight the dangerous situation or to run from it. The effects of the fight and flight response include an increase in our heart rate to pump blood faster to the brain, lungs and muscles. We can begin to breathe quickly to increase our oxygen levels, our muscle tense and we can begin to perspire.

Many of us don't realise the way we think when we have an anxiety disorder turns the 'fight and flight' response on.


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Our bodies can't tell the difference between our thoughts, 'what if I have a panic attack, what if I make a fool of myself, why am I feeling like this, why is this happening to me, what if the doctor has made a mistake etc etc'.... and the thought...

'Here comes a truck at 100 kms an hour and it has no brakes. It is heading straight for me!' 

The way we think when we have an anxiety disorder keeps turning on the fight and flight response. The sensations of the fight and flight response, our anxiety and panic attack symptoms, keep on going, which keeps on turning on the fight and flight response and around and around we go.

The main categories of physical symptoms are as follows:

Heart Digestive problems

Other  continued

racing or rapid heart beat  nausea and/or vomiting giddiness / dizziness   
heart palpitations   churning / burning stomach  flushing face   
'missed' heart beats   indigestion   frequent need to urinate  
pounding heart   Dissociative symptoms   diarrhoea
Breathing symptoms  feeling detached from the body   sleeping difficulties
breathing difficulties   feeling as if you and/or surroundings are not real  night sweats  
hyperventilation   feel as if looking through a white or grey mist  unexplainable rashes 
tightening of the throat sensitivity to light and sound  feelings of weakness in left hand and/or arm  
choking sensation  stationary objects appear to move    Effects 


sensations of falling into a 'void'   lack of concentration
chest pain   dizziness extreme exhaustion 

Other symptoms

loss of feelings and/or libido
lower back pain pins and needles   short term memory loss
sciatica   hot and cold flashes 

Major Fears  

muscle pain   shaking/ trembling  fear of dying/ having a heart attack 
aching jaw   excessive perspiration fear of going insane/ losing control
clenching fists   sweating hands  fear of embarrassment / of making a fool of yourself  

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