8 Unexpected Effects of Severe Anxiety



Here’s a post about what some 8 unexpected effects of severe anxiety can feel like.⁠

As I’ve mentioned, anxiety is when your fight-or-flight system goes into overdrive and your entire nervous system reacts to a threat, natural or otherwise.

When this happens, so much stress is placed on your mind and your body that it creates several unintended side effects due to the effects of adrenaline and other chemicals produced by your body when there is a threat.⁠

This causes problems with your gut, aches, pains, sweating, heart palpitations, and a whole host of physical problems.

But it also causes your brain to go into overdrive too. When so many resources are used to respond to a threat, it also affects things like memory, motor skill, directional skills, etc.⁠

This is also the reason why many people, upon hearing about their anxiety, also found that their physical symptoms and cognitive competence improve dramatically — turns out anxiety has been the roadblock all along.⁠

Effects of Severe Anxiety
Effects of Severe Anxiety

8 Unexpected Effects of Severe Anxiety:

1. Warping your senses such as sight and sound:

Anxiety can play with your senses, including making you have tunnel vision, losing your peripheral sight, or making things sound louder or softer than they actually are.

2. Irritability and Aggression:

Constant anxiety makes you seek every opportunity to release it, including lashing out at people for small things.

3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):

Anxiety can affect your gut functioning, causing you to have stomach pains and diarrhea constantly.

4. Affecting your perception of time:

Being in fight-or-flight mode can draw out short periods of time and cause them to play in ‘slow- motion. Some, even involuntarily regress to a younger version of themselves due to how helpless they feel.

5. An urge to re-experience anxious thoughts and situations:

Anxiety may make you purposely want to revisit anxious thoughts or do things that make you feel anxious in order to try and “overcome’ them, but chances are it makes you even more anxious.

6. Affecting your sense of direction:

Also known as spatial anxiety, the stress of anxiety and panic can cause you to lose your sense of direction and get lost more often.

7. Reducing your motor competence:

Similarly, being anxious can reduce your ability to perform tasks that require fine motor skills like driving a car, aiming, or operating complex machinery.

8. Accepting a lower quality of life:

Anxiety can prevent you from asking for things that you want and deserve such as a pay raise or relationship, preventing you from living life to its fullest potential.

Severe Anxiety
Severe Anxiety


This is why anxiety, where your mind and body are constantly in fight-or-flight mode, is more than just ‘all in your mind’.
Dealing with anxiety is another topic altogether, but I recommend learning more about acceptance — living with it instead of suppressing it and letting it pass so your brain no longer sees it as a major threat.


So in This Post, 8 Unexpected Effects of Severe Anxiety What other points can you think of/have experienced? Let me know in the comments.

If you found this helpful or feel free to share your experience if you can relate to these points and if you are comfortable to share

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