How does anxiety negatively impact your health?

Individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders consistently have added stress from constant worrying and uncontrollable fears. Over time, the physical effects of anxiety disorders can cause serious problems for an individual’s health, so it is important to seek treatment for chronic anxiety sooner rather than later. Read on to discover what may happen to your body when you are consumed by anxiety.

Cardiovascular stress

You may have a rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath due to high emotional and mental stress. Learning coping mechanisms to suppress feelings of panic and regain a sense of calm will help you maintain better cardiac health in your daily routine and lessen the effects of stress in the long-run.

Digestive discomfort

When you are feeling anxious, you may overeat or have a loss of appetite in response to these feelings. This can lead to gastrointestinal distress as well as unwanted weight loss or weight gain. You may also compromise your diet when you do have regular anxiety, causing nutritional deficiencies that may lead to other symptoms.

Poor immune health

You might find that you become ill more often, because the body does not have a strong immune defense when it is under stress. A lack of sleep and poor diet may also contribute to lowered immune health.

Unexplained muscle pain and headaches

Anxiety can become physically painful with muscle aches or headaches. Other symptoms of anxiety include fatigue and muscle tension, which can worsen body aches.

With the Behavioral Health Services at Linden Oaks at Edward, you can find the personalized care you need for anxiety disorders through a dedicated Anxiety Program.

Treatment begins with the AnxietyAware online assessment.

AnxietyAware is a free, five-minute online screening to help identify your risk of an anxiety disorder.  Fill out the confidential questionnaire at www.edward.org/anxietyaware to receive a personalized assessment and recommendations.  For more information about the Linden Oaks Anxiety Program, visit www.edward.org/anxiety.

For immediate assistance and a free and confidential assessment, call the Linden Oaks 24/7 Help Line at (630) 305-5500.

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