5 Physical Symptoms of My Anxiety

It’s all in your head.

Just get yourself up and dressed, you will feel better.

You feel tired because you sit around doing nothing. You are just bored.

How many times have you heard these statements?

Mental illness isn’t just mental. There is a whole list of physical implications I battle with regularly.

Here are just a handful:

1. Feeling nauseous.

I, like many who struggle with anxiety and other mental illnesses can often feel physically sick. Medication and upset stomach from nervousness are just a couple of reasons why I battle with it every day. How is my mental illness just mental when it makes me feel physically sick?

2. Feeling dizzy or disengaged.

Many of us know all too well what it feels like when the room is spinning around us and we cant seem to think/look straight. Feeling off balance is a common symptom of anxiety. I can’t concentrate on what is around so it feels like everything is moving at 100 m.p.h. How is my mental illness just mental when it feels like I’m walking in space?

3. Experiencing shortness of breath.

When it all gets too much, I just can’t seem to catch my breath. What could be better when you already feel anxious? Let’s just throw in the feeling of dying! How is my mental illness just mental when I can’t physically breathe sometimes?

4. Shaking.

When I say shaking, I don’t just mean my hands. My whole body shakes. From the outside, it must be quite uncomfortable to watch — times that by a million and that’s how it feels on the inside. How is my mental illness just mental when I physically can’t keep still?

5. My heart pounds.

So if feeling sick, being disengaged, having shortness of breath and my whole body shaking wasn’t enough, my heart is pounding out of my chest. Any minute now it feels like I am going to die. Oh wait, but it’s just mental.

Do not underestimate what your mind can do to you physically. Please think twice before you use the phrase “It’s all in your head.” Yes, mental illness is in your head, where else would it be? But it affects people physically, too. Physically to the point where some may feel like they are actually going to die. Scary, huh?

We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.

Thinkstock photo via vDraw.

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Anxiety

Beautiful mother silhouette with baby in a sling. Isolated vector illustration

I Took Medication During Pregnancy, and I'm Still a Good Mom

Motherhood and mental illness are two things that don’t seem to go well together in most people’s minds. The media typically paints a bleak picture by sharing tragic stories where postpartum depression is involved. You never hear about the positive outcomes, which is why I was very happy to hear that Amanda Seyfried opened up about her struggles with [...]
young woman struggling with anxiety or depression sitting alone

When Your Anxiety Makes You Seem Like You Don't Care

When you’re living with anxiety, sometimes the social cues you give off are misread, and not in a good way. You may come off as uncaring, aloof or like you have a major attitude problem. But those things couldn’t be further from the truth. You feel like yelling at the top of your lungs, “I am [...]
closeup of young woman looking anxious or stressed with illustrated lines coming from head

What It Was Like to Grow Up in a Hoarding Family

It was the family secret for as long as I can remember. It was the reason why our friends weren’t allowed to spend the night. The reason why we never had slumber parties. The reason why we didn’t sit down as a family to eat. It was the reason why D. picked me up from [...]
Female hand holding touch screen mobile phone on blurred night lights background

The 3 Responses to a Text Message That Got Me Through a Moment of Anxiety

What do you say to someone struggling with anxiety? It can be hard to know. You don’t want to put your foot in it or say the wrong thing. You don’t want to make matters worse. Let me reassure you — there is no perfect thing to say, but mostly your friend just wants to [...]