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Long Term Effects Of Anxiety On The Body

Anxiety, being a mental issue leads people to believe that it cannot have any physical effects on your body however Anxiety has quite a few long term effects if left untreated. This combined with the stress and pressure on your brain can lead into depression. Many people don't do anything about their mental health and after a few months, your body turns that into daily habits, and that's when people start to realise that it's too late. Here are a few ways Anxiety affects your body.

Central Nervous System

Long term Anxiety causes multiple effects on your brain especially making your brain release the stress hormone as a habit every day turning your mild Anxiety to Severe. This can effect your body by giving you headaches, dizziness, as well as depression.

Your brain releases multiple hormones when you become stressed, Cortisol and Adrenaline, being the main two and imbalance between the two can really cause you to lose focus, affect your short term memory and cause you to gain or lose weight in a really short period of time. 
 

Cardiovascular System

Anxiety Disorders can cause rapid heartbeat on a daily basis which long term is never good. You may also experience chest pain. This causes your body to lose the amount of oxygen it can carry and causes more frequent panic attacks. If you already suffer from heart diseases, Anxiety Disorders can worsen that if not treated effectively.

Digestive System

Not taking care of your Anxiety Disorder can also cause you to get frequent stomachaches, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and give you a lack of appetite. Medication can help sometimes but the best method to treat this is going through therapy and getting the right medication. Most people seem to hide their Anxiety during that phase but it can really change your life.

Immune System

Immune Systems easily get compromised once your Anxiety becomes a habit. For example, vaccines do not work as well since your brain assumes your body is just doing its daily habit of stressing for no reason. This combined with the imbalance of hormones your body is releasing can cause you to be sick more frequently.

Respiratory System

As discussed before, Anxiety can cause rapid breathing, or shallow breathing where your body does not get enough oxygen and usually leads to a panic attack. This means your brain cannot function the best and you would usually wake up tired everyday.  Anxiety can also make your Asthma worse if you have that. Shallow breathing means you do not intake enough oxygen and your lungs cannot hold it as well as other people.

Other Effects

A few other effects Anxiety causes on your body include but are not limited to
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Muscle Tension and/or
  • Body Pains



If you believe you suffer from Anxiety, it is best to see a therapist at once. Not only can they help you find ways to relax, they can also provide medication if needed to help your body get to its normal state. Is there anything we missed? Are there any things you have which we did not discuss? Write them in the comments below! Thank you for reading.





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