Feeling alone in your struggle with anxiety? Wondering if what you’re experiencing is normal?
I know you may be frantically searching Google for some relief right now.
In this blog post, I’ve compiled over 100 anxiety symptoms you may have experienced or are dealing with.
Anxiety affects us all differently, whether it’s a heavy chest, a cloud of thoughts, or even a feeling like you’re not real! By understanding these symptoms, you’ll realize you’re not alone. Let’s dive in and discover the connections we share. You’re not alone on this journey!
To make it easier to understand the symptoms you’re struggling with, I’ve spoken about three “categories” of symptoms in this blog – physical, mental, and emotional anxiety.
Use the table below to quickly jump between each category to learn more about how they may affect you differently, and then scroll through the A to Z list of 100+ anxiety symptoms.
Physical anxiety symptoms
These are the symptoms that affect your body and may be the ones you obsess over the most, as I did. When I started to delve deeper into anxiety and learn everything I could about my disorder, I learned that physical symptoms, even the really weird ones, were very common.
I developed severe health anxiety due to chronic symptoms, which drove me to the brink of insanity a few times, no exaggeration. I would obsess and analyze to the point where it was basically a full-time job. I couldn’t concentrate on anything. I felt sick and worried all the time. I thought something was very wrong with me.
If an advert on TV came on about a disease and I saw a symptom I was dealing with, I spiraled into full-blown panic. It was a very dark time.
When something doesn’t make sense to you, it’s natural to immediately jump to the worst conclusion, so it helps to learn everything you can about your disorder. I felt more at ease when I realized that my symptoms were common with an anxiety disorder.
Mental anxiety symptoms
It’s so hard when you appear healthy and okay on the outside, yet you’re having an internal battle with your mind every day. I know the agony of this, and I don’t think it’s dramatic to use that word.
I was hardly present for many years because I lived in my head. So focussed on those thoughts and how they made me feel that I would spend my hours, my days obsessing and worrying to the point where I struggled to do much else.
So when you tell me that you feel like you are currently in a nightmare, struggling with any or all of these symptoms, believe me when I say I get you. I know exactly how you feel.
I hope just knowing that someone gets it will already provide some comfort.
Emotional anxiety symptoms
Emotional symptoms are the kind that affect your relationships not only with those around you, but also with your internal self. In many ways, even though these symptoms aren’t all that talked about, they may end up being the most damaging.
Our emotions and the way we feel have a big impact on the way we interact with the world. You may, like me, purposely find ways to avoid going out or being around people because you just don’t know how you may end up feeling or acting.
I went years not doing anything and not making any new friends because I was worried all the time about what anxiety had in store for me. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to go out or meet new people, I really did! It was because of the uncertainty and not knowing what could happen.
I will say here that feeling and expressing your emotions are good for you. It’s just that with anxiety, we tend to get stuck in them and go down paths that don’t end up doing us any good.
That’s been my experience anyway!
103 Symptoms of Anxiety
- Analyze and obsess over everything
- Anxiety cough from nervousness
- Appetite loss
- Biting your nails or cuticles
- Brain fog
- Brain zaps
- Burning in throat
- Blurry vision
- Burping due to acid reflux
- Buzzing feeling in random areas of the body
- Changes in sex drive
- Chest tightness and pain
- Cravings for certain foods, usually sugar
- Difficulty swallowing
- Don’t like being touched
- Dramatic mood swings
- Ear popping
- Easily startled
- Extreme exhaustion
- Eyes feels dry/itchy
- Fear of losing control
- Feel like you’re falling as you fall asleep (hypnic jerk)
- Feel like something is stuck in your throat
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Fear of dying
- Feeling of impending doom
- Feeling on edge
- Feeling spaced out
- Feel awkward in social situations
- Feel guilty when unproductive
- Feeling like you’re moving in slow motion
- Flu-like symptoms
- Floaters in vision
- Frequent need to urinate
- Hair loss
- Heart flutters
- Heart that beats too hard or fast
- Heavy limbs
- Hot/cold flashes
- Intrusive thoughts
- Jelly legs
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Muscle weakness
- Need to clear throat
- Need to always be near exits
- OCD tendencies
- Passing gas
- Pressure and tightness in the head
- Pins and needles over scalp
- Panic attacks
- Pressure in the ears
- Popping joints
- Restless leg syndrome
- Ringing in ears
- Sleeping too much
- Skin flare ups and hives
- Stress pimples
- Sensitive to light
- Sensitive to loud noises
- Shoulder tension and stiffness
- Struggle to ask for help
- Shortness of breath, gasping for air or yawning to get air
- Swollen lympnodes
- Stuttering and stumbling over your words
- Shooting pains anywhere in the body
- Tickling feeling in ear
- Tight throat
- Tightness in jaw
- Tongue feels weird or swollen
- Tunnel vision
- Trembling or shaking
- Unable to make eye contact
- Unsettled tummy
- Uncontrollable crying
- Weight loss/gain
- Waking up into a panic attack
- Zoning out during conversations
Is it normal to experience anxiety 24/7?
Yes! I know this is a massive question for many! You may wonder if your symptoms are hanging around 24/7 and if it really is *just* anxiety.
When your nervous system is permanently stimulated, your body is pretty much on the verge of fight or flight all day long. Because of this, you are going to experience chronic anxiety symptoms.
Inflammation plays a huge role too in anxiety symptoms sticking around for longer.
Can you ever be free from symptoms?
Anxiety symptoms do not have to rule your life. A life where they don’t rule you is 100% possible. I am proof of this. And I will share proof from our community below as well.
I know it feels impossible while you’re in the midst of it, but this is why it is so important to learn as much as you can about anxiety – as you have been doing by reading this article! Doing this helps you find things that will help you in your journey.
Try not to place heavy expectations on yourself while learning about anxiety. Nor try to tell yourself you must be “free from anxiety” to feel like you’ve got a grip on it. After all, anxiety is a natural human response, and it does serve it’s purpose to protect us.
But you ARE allowed to want a life where your anxiety does not dictate how you live your life, and I for one am rooting for you.
What’s next for you?
I’d love if you left me a comment to let me know how you liked this blog post, or, tell me which of these symptoms you can relate to the most!
And, to help you along your journey, I’d be honoured if you: