Anxiety is well-recognised as a mental health disorder of varying effects on individuals. But quite often the symptoms which present within the individual can be something of an extreme vicious circle, as the physical symptoms erupt and manifest – and that in itself can feed into the anxiety-state that the person is now experiencing and living.

Quite often people present to emergency services believing that they have a physical emergency or need and it is extreme anxiety that is causing their beliefs. Palpitations, chest pain or Dyspnea (breathing difficulties) to name a few are commonly misdiagnosed or misread, and with this increase anxiety overall.

Some physical symptoms of Anxiety Disorder are :



Dry mouth

Shortness of breath



Stomach pain/cramps


These symptoms can rationally be accountable for a number of physical reasons – and with the nature of anxiety, the person experiencing anxiety often focusses on the more serious or sinister of explanations.

When experiencing such symptoms, they are very real and understandably frightening – not a good combination for someone already experiencing anxiety.

So, how do we deal with these symptoms and not increase further anxiety?

With both physical symptoms of anxiety as well as mental symptoms, there is no ‘one size fits all’, sadly.

But there is a very good and recommended approach that anyone suffering with anxiety should use as a starting point – The key with anxiety is awareness, understanding and knowledge of your individual anxiety.

Learn to identify when you are experiencing anxiety, identify triggers which often cause symptoms to present, and early warning signs that you are experiencing anxiety – maybe a change in personality yourself, getting restless around people or situations.  With this, and armed with anxiety management techniques that work for you, you can overcome anxiety and regain control of your life.