When people think of anxiety, they tend to think of a racing heart, incessant negative thoughts, and fatigue or low energy. But there can be more to anxiety than just the usual symptoms most of us are aware of, and there are a number of surprising physical effects of anxiety. Everyone experiences anxiety differently, but there are some less obvious symptoms that can occur as a result.
"Different symptoms have a lot to do with each person’s genetic makeup and the way they hold stress," John Hamilton, chief clinical outreach officer for Mountainside Treatment Center, tells Bustle. "With ongoing stress like anxiety, it’s usually the most vulnerable part of the body that manifests these symptoms. Generally, people who hold stress in their heads may continually second guess themselves, overthink situations, make self-critical statements and physically, have headaches and migraines. For those that hold stress in their back, they can experience back and muscle pain in their neck, chest and back areas."
Overall, anxiety manifests in many different symptoms, but knowing what is going on in your body can help you combat any issues you may have. Here are nine surprising side effects of anxiety according to experts that you may not have realized can happen.