19 Physical Tolls You Didn't Realize Anxiety Can Take On Your Body


Every day we learn more about the mind-body connection, and the physical manifestations of mental illnesses like anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, and although they are treatable, only 36.9 percent of those with anxiety receive treatment, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Without treatment, anxiety can present itself in unusual ways in the body.

"People that have chronic anxiety, that can’t figure out how to manage over a long period of time, can start to have somatic symptoms," Dr. Danielle Forshee, LLC, tells Bustle. "What that means is that, they’re starting to have physical manifestations of the anxiety. Their body is so stressed all the time, because of all the stress hormones that their brain is releasing from being anxious all the time, that their body starts to have negative effects."

Dr. Forshee says that often when people have physical symptoms of anxiety, they believe there is a physical reason for their aches, and it can be time-consuming to realize their symptoms are caused by anxiety. Recognizing symptoms early can help you identify stress and anxiety and get treatment to keep your anxiety under control.

"When people go through chronic anxiety, the brain believes that you are potentially in danger. So it releases all of these stress hormones to your brain, that puts you in survival mode," Dr. Forshee says.

These stress hormones cause the negative physical effects associated with anxiety. Here are 19 less obvious physical effects of anxiety.