Anxiety may seem like something that only happens inside a person's brain, but the physical symptoms of anxiety are no joke. In fact, the gross things your body does when you're anxious will probably sound all too familiar to anyone who has dealt with these stressful feelings. For whatever reason, anxiety can appear to affect pretty much everything in a person's body as well.
For professionals who study anxiety, however, anxiety's connection between the brain and body is not news. "When the brain is anxious the body will often tag along for the ride," says Neelima Kunam M.D., adult psychiatrist. Unfortunately for people who deal with anxiety, these signs are rarely pleasant. In fact, the physical symptoms of anxiety might make someone feel as though they're battling a bad cold or stomach bug.
And if these physical signs of anxiety sound all too familiar, just remember that you're far from alone. Approximately 40 million adults are affected by anxiety disorders in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Plenty of other people also struggle with these gross, weird, and sometimes embarrassing signs of anxiety. Read on to see what physical ailments you're experiencing may be a result of these anxious feelings.