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10 Unusual Things Your Body Does During Anxiety Attack

The experts are not completely sure about why this happens, but they think that it might be because the bladder is essentially a muscular sack and when you’re anxious your muscles all tense up and so does the bladder; making the urge to urinate severe.

4. Fidgeting:

Some people natural tendency fidget more than others anyway, but one may find themselves fidgeting more during an anxiety attack without being aware that they’re doing it.

This might include tapping your pen, your feet or constantly fiddling with a glass or whatever else you’re holding.

5. Increase in Nervous Energy:

The adrenaline pumping around your body will make you feel quite high on energy levels than you might be having normally.

This won’t be let you sit down for long or settle to anything. The sympathetic nervous system will control all the processes then and you will feel aroused and uneasy because of that. 

6. Lack of concentration or focus:

In the clutches of attack it becomes next to impossible for the brain to concentrate on anything else apart from the reason that is causing one to feel anxious. 

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to focus on a task and even if you try hard it will all go in vain.

7. Change in Sex Drive:

This is yet another one that could go either way depending on the person in context.

If a person’s sex drive is in general fairly consistent, then it could either go to low creating a crater when you’re feeling anxious or might suddenly go on the top of the roof.

Whichever way it goes for anyone, it’s all linked to the hormones raging around in the system when he/she is anxious.

8. Headaches:

Most of us are accustomed with stress headaches, but headaches can also occur due to anxiety attacks; which is a very common feature.

People who suffer from anxiety attacks regularly are quite prone to chronic headaches or migraines.

This can become a vicious circle, when you start believing that your anxiety-induced headache is actually a symptom of a serious illness (that is not true), which leads to more anxiety and so a worse headache resulting in a never ending cycle which continues with the same zeal.

Anxiety driven headaches can be a result of tightness in the back and neck muscles, which can worsen up by consuming unhealthy food and following poor sleep routines.

9. Increase or Loss of Appetite:

Most of the people suffering from anxiety are likely to have no appetite at all when they’re experiencing an attack. They may feel nauseous at the very idea and sight of food and would try to vomit if they eat even a scanty amount of food.

This happens because anxiety leads the brain to secrete hormones called adrenaline/epinephrine that activates the fight or flight response. During such a situation, the body is of course going to prioritize immediate survival over food.

On the other hand, there are few exceptional people who over eat because of stress; their bodies crave for extra sugary or salty foods.

Written by Alecia Bennett

I hold a master's degree with a clinical psychology specialization. Currently pursuing school counseling courses. I have attended various programs related to mental health issues. A person who takes a keen interest in writing anything about the human mind and behavior.

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