Feelings of anxiety have been beneficial throughout human history when they are experienced in one-off situations. Increased blood flow and levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline fuel a fight or flight response, which primes your body for action. As soon as the perceived threat has passed, your body returns to normal.
However, chronic anxiety can be hazardous to your health as it means that your heightened response never quite calms back down. It also is detrimental to your well-being.
Check out some of the various effects of anxiety on your physical health.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders can develop at any point in your life. There are several factors that can increase your risk for an anxiety disorder, such as substance abuse or stressful life experiences.
There are multiple types of anxiety disorders, including:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
Physical Effects of Anxiety
Even though they are mostly recognized for their effects on behavior, anxiety disorders can have serious consequences for your physical health. From your cardiovascular system to your immune system, chronic anxiety can impact all parts of your body.
Here are some of the physical effects of anxiety:
- Muscle tension
- Increased pulse and breathing rate
- Loss of appetite
- Weight gain
- Chest pains
If you are experiencing all or several of these symptoms, it is recommended that you seek professional help through the multiple programs we offer at Las Encinas Recovery Center.