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Although I’ve lived with mental illness my whole life, I am not a medical professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclaimer.
Oh, anxiety. Such a dreadful, inconvenient thing.
When I think about having to deal with anxiety the rest of my life, it can seem like a very daunting task. Especially because there are so many symptoms that are attached to it.
The common symptoms are feeling nervous or powerless. You can have an increased heart rate, and you’re most likely worrying irrationally.
But, you know what? There are a lot of symptoms of anxiety that people don’t really like to talk about. Maybe it’s because we think people wouldn’t understand, or maybe there’s a stigma attached to it. Or maybe, just maybe, some of these symptoms can feel downright embarrassing.
So here I am. I’m here to take some of the pressure out of mental health. We need to talk about it, because it’s the only way we can start to heal.
Time for me to get deep. TMI here I come.
4 Side Effects of Anxiety We Like to Keep Secret
Like a double-edged sword, anxiety causes sweating, and sweating causes anxiety. This is probably the most self-conscious symptom that is caused by anxiety.
Many people who have anxiety also have a condition called hyperhidrosis. If you haven’t heard of hyperhidrosis, you’ve most likely seen it. It’s a fancy word for excessive sweating.
I’ve been struggling with hyperhidrosis for almost 9 years. When I shake hands, they’re often dampened by sweat. I sweat through my brand new t-shirts, and my favorite shoes become wet on the inside.
My hyperhidrosis stemmed from my anxiety, and it only got worse because of my anxiety. I even developed worse social anxiety because of it.
Anxiety isn’t always about having a racing heart and a feeling of you’re about to die. What people don’t realize is that anger can be a sign of an anxiety attack as well. A common cause of anger is a loss of control, and that’s pretty much all anxiety is. It’s a feeling of not being in control.
Anger is one of the hardest things for me to control, because it usually comes on so quickly with little to no warning. And it’s not I’m angry because you cut me in line angry. No. I feel pure, raw anger.
The worst part about that these bouts of anger is that they cause me even more anxiety because of my inability to control my anger. Once again, a vicious cycle.
The only way for me to remedy this is to walk away and take a break from the things that are causing me anxiety. Pretty much as soon as possible.
Ever heard of having a nervous stomach? Well, having a nervous stomach is very common with those who struggle with anxiety.
Morning nausea was so common throughout high school that I could never, ever keep my food down. I would seriously dread waking up because I would have to spend about thirty minutes each morning trying to get any amount of food down.
If I could get through half a piece of toast, I was considered lucky. And basically any food that I did manage to get down, I would ultimately throw up when I would brush my teeth.
I kept this a secret for about a year or two. It was really hard to open up and try to get people to understand.
I feel like you can talk about throwing up, but can you really talk about diarrhea?
Well, screw it. Here I go.
If I didn’t throw up in the morning, I would have diarrhea. Like full-on diarrhea.
Most days, I struggled with both. At the same time.
What’s worse is that this would occur multiple times throughout the day. There were times I even left class and had to go home sick from “stomach flu.” In reality, I was just having really high symptoms of anxiety.
There we go. I said it. The secrets are revealed.
What symptoms do you experience because of your anxiety?
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