Anxiety Symptoms Detailed Overview

I have nothing but praise for Paul.

He has provided a practical path for helping me overcome my anxiety and explained that the source of my problems go back many years.

Paul has provided support throughout our time together, especially during periods of difficulties.

He is a strong advocate of helping his clients overcome anxiety in the long term; he does not believe that the short-term masking of symptoms is an adequate solution.

As an anxiety specialist, Paul is a world leader and I highly recommend his services.

Dr David Bradshaw University of East Anglia

Anxiety Symptoms Overview

When the stress response activates, our body has to heal and restore the changes to return back to equanimity or homeostasis.

Normally our body does this in perfect balance and we feel calm and relaxed again within minutes after activation.

The stress response forcefully changes our bodies normal functioning to gain energy to activate the fight, freeze or flea response.

It is a last ditch emergency response to help us to stay alive in very dire situations.

It is a response built into our brains millions of years ago which enabled us to stay alive, when facing unpredictable, dangerous animals on daily basis.

It hard wires our brain, body, mind and emotions to react powerfully to physical encounters where we perceive danger, so that we optimise our chances of staying alive.

Stress helps us tremendously in physically dangerous situations, but in all other situations it actually makes us perform far worse.

And when the stress becomes chronic,  it wears our bodies down to the point where they cannot cope with constant requests to engage the flight, freeze or fight response.

Our bodies fall out of balance and cannot return to equanimity.

In this state of in balance, we now experience a wide array of mental, emotional and physical symptoms which we call anxiety symptoms.

Anxiety symptoms are the effect of stress building up in the body, brain and mind beyond the threshold for our bodies to cope.

The stress response make our mind sharp and heightens our awareness of danger.

But the prolonged activation of this response over weeks, months or years will cause brain fog, paranoia or an excessively agitated, obsessive or worrying mind.

Stress hormones force your body to create energy by sending sugar into the blood stream and sending blood to your muscles.

But if this process is overused, it tires and exhausts the body instead of energising it.

Stress hormones influence the functioning of every system in the body, which is why chronic stress can create anxiety symptoms in almost every area and system of the body.


In this worn down state we can experience two types of anxiety symptoms:

Acute - Immediate mental, emotional and physical symptoms as our stress response activates.

Chronic -  Symptoms which we experience from the long term wearing down effect, as our bodies become overwhelmed and unable to recover from the constant stress response activation.

Anxiety symptoms powerfully influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours on a very deep level.

As our normal stress response reactions  become magnified to an unbalanced degree.

Once we have reached a point of high anxiety, then the chronic symptoms can be constant even when our stress response is no longer activated frequently.

It also can become a self-sustaining pattern:

Whereby the symptoms themselves become so uncomfortable that they trigger our stress response, which magnifies the symptoms, which triggers the response further....

Whereby if we only focus on coping or management our anxiety will never go away on its own, as it has become a self-reinforcing cycle.

Because every body is somewhat unique the specific pattern, type, intensity, duration and frequency of symptoms will be unique from person to person.

For example one person may have a single mild symptom and another person may have all of the symptoms to a severe degree.

The symptoms may vary, but anxiety is anxiety, so the route to recovery is always the same.

You may feel totally overwhelmed by the combined effect of having multiple mental, emotional and physical symptoms all at once.  (I know I did)

Which is why getting some type of support to conquer this problem is so essential, otherwise it can be an incredibly long struggle before someone can see the wood for the trees.

Anxiety Symptoms List Categories

  • Body Anxiety Symptoms
  • Chest Anxiety Symptoms
  • Fears Anxiety Symptoms
  • Head Anxiety Symptoms
  • Hearing & Ears Symptoms
  • Heart Anxiety Symptoms
  • Mind & Thinking Anxiety Symptoms
  • Mood, Emotions, Feelings Anxiety Symptoms
  • Mouth, Voice, Stomach, and Digestive Anxiety Symptoms
  • Skin Anxiety Symptoms
  • Sleep Anxiety Symptoms
  • Sight, Vision, Eyes Anxiety Symptoms
  • Touch

Body Symptoms:

  • Allergies and Anxiety; Allergy Problems, increase in allergies (number, sensitivity, reactions, lengthier reactions)
  • Anxiety cough
  • Anxiety Attack Symptoms and signs
  • Asthma and anxiety
  • Back pain, stiffness, tension, pressure, soreness, spasms, immobility in the back or back muscles
  • Blanching (looking pale, loss of color in the face or skin)
  • Blushing, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin
  • Body aches, parts of or your entire body feels sore and achy, feels like your body and muscles are bruised
  • Body jolts
  • Body zaps
  • Body shakes
  • Body trembling, shaking, anxiety symptoms
  • Body tremors
  • Body temperature increase or decrease, change in body temperature
  • Brain surges
  • Brain zaps
  • Burning skin, itchy, crawly, prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin
  • Burning skin sensation on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or shoulders
  • Buzzing sensation in the feet, toes, hands, fingers, arms, legs
  • Chest pain anxiety symptoms
  • Chest pains anxiety symptoms
  • Chest tightness feeling
  • Choking
  • Choking feeling in throat
  • Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out
  • Chronic pain and anxiety
  • Clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body
  • Cold chills, feeling cold all the time
  • Cold flashes, flash
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, usual craving for sugar and sweets
  • Crazy thoughts
  • Difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue
  • Dizziness, feeling lightheaded, dizzy, feeling dizzy
  • Electric shock feeling, body zaps
  • Electric pulsing throughout the body feeling
  • Excess of energy, you feel you can't relax
  • Falling dropping sensation
  • Feeling faint
  • Feel ill and sick, yet can't describe how you feel but that you feel ill in some way
  • Feel like you are going to pass out
  • Feel cold, chilly, cold all the time
  • Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd, or strange
  • Feels like floor is moving, swaying
  • Flu-like symptoms, feel sick or ill, feel like you are coming down with the flu
  • Flushed face, red face, flushed skin
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Frequent urination in men
  • Grey hair
  • Hair loss, hair is thinning, or clumps of hair are falling out, balding
  • Headaches, migraine headaches, anxiety headaches
  • Head and Brain Zaps
  • Head and brain zaps - medication causes
  • Heart palpitations, racing heart
  • Hot flash, flashes
  • Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy
  • Hypersensitivity; super sensitive nerves, hearing, touch, tastes
  • Increased or decreased sex drive
  • Infection - increased infections, persistent infection
  • Itchy, Tingling, Crawling, Pins and Needles, Prickly Feelings under the skin or anywhere inside or deep inside the body
  • Joint popping, cracking and anxiety
  • Low Energy, Episodes of Lethargy
  • Migraines and Anxiety
  • Motion sickness feeling
  • Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
  • Muscle tension, stiffness, aches, pains
  • Muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used
  • Muscle twitching
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Nausea vomiting
  • Neck, back, shoulder tension and stiffness
  • Neck tension
  • Nervous cough
  • Night sweats, waking up in a sweat, profusely sweating at night, anxiety night sweats
  • No energy, feeling lethargic, tired, exhausted, chronic fatigue
  • Numb tingling hands
  • Numbness
  • Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
  • Numbness and tingling fingers
  • Numbness and tingling, and other skin sensations on hands, feet, face, head, or any other places on the body
  • Overly sensitive nerves anywhere on or in the body, overly sensitive nerves to the touch
  • Panic attack disorder symptoms
  • Pins and needles: all over, in the hands and feet, fingers, left arm, etc.
  • Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
  • Pressure, sensitivities anywhere on or in the body
  • Pulsing or throbbing muscles. Pulsing or throbbing sensation
  • Racing heart, heart palpitations
  • Red skin, skin looks like or is turning red
  • Restless Leg Syndrome; Anxiety and Restless legs
  • Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage
  • Sexual Dysfunction, sexual uninterest
  • Shaking anxiety feelings
  • Shooting pains anxiety symptoms
  • Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
  • Shooting pains in the face
  • Shooting pains in the scalp or head
  • Skipped heart beats
  • Sore or tight scalp, headaches, neck tension
  • Startle easily
  • Sudden urge to escape or run away
  • Sweating, profuse, excessive, uncontrollable sweating
  • The floor feels like it is moving either down or up, swaying
  • Tightness in the ribs or rib cage area, may also feel like a tight band around the ribs or rib cage area.
  • Tingling numb hands
  • Tingling, tingly, pins and needles sensations - anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, legs, arms, head, mouth, chest, groin area
  • Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
  • TMJ
  • Trembling, shaking, tremors
  • Twitching
  • Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Urgency to urinate, sudden urge to go to the washroom, sudden urge to pee
  • Warm spells
  • Weak - feel weak, weakness, low energy, light, soft, like you may faint
  • Weak legs, Jelly legs, heavy and tired legs
  • Weak limbs/extremities
  • Weight gain; sudden weight gain
  • Weight loss; sudden weight loss
  • Yawning, excessive yawning

Chest Symptoms:

  • Anxiety Chest Tremors feelings symptoms
  • Anxiety Cough
  • Asthma symptoms and attacks
  • Chest pain anxiety symptoms
  • Chest tightness anxiety symptoms
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Heart attack or anxiety attack (panic attack)
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Feel like you have to force yourself to breathe
  • Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered
  • Excessive yawning anxiety
  • Nervous Cough
  • Out of breath anxiety
  • Racing Heart
  • Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage
  • Shooting chest pains anxiety symptoms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Short of breath feeling
  • Shooting sharp stabbing pains in the chest
  • Tightness, pressue, fullness, pain in the chest

Emotions (see mood - emotions, mood, and feelings)


  • A heightened fear of what people think of you
  • Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits
  • Constant feeling of being overwhelmed.
  • Fear of being in public
  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of impending doom
  • Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others
  • Fear of passing out
  • Fear that you are losing your mind
  • Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations
  • Fears of going crazy, of dying, of impending doom, of normal things, unusual feelings and emotions, unusually frightening thoughts or feelings
  • Feeling afraid all the time
  • Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness
  • Need to find nearest washrooms before you can feel comfortable
  • Need to seat near exits

Head Symptoms:

  • Anxiety headaches, migraines headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Brain surges
  • Burning, itchy, tight scalp
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Frequent headaches, migraine headaches
  • Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness
  • Giddiness
  • Grey hair
  • Hair loss, hair is thinning, or clumps of hair are falling out
  • Having a humming, droning, rumbling, throbbing, vibrating-like, hissing, fizzing, or other types of sounds in your head
  • Headaches
  • Head, neck or shoulder tightness, stiffness, or pain
  • Head zaps, head tremors. brain zaps
  • Migraines and Anxiety
  • Numbness
  • Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
  • Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
  • Shooting pains in the face
  • Shooting pains in the scalp or head
  • Tingling in Head
  • When you close your eyes you feel like are beginning to, or will, float upwards
  • Sore jaw that feels like a tooth ache
  • TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) - clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth

Hearing & Ear Symptoms:

  • Ear popping and ear pressure symptoms
  • Feel like there is something stuck in your ear, that your ear canal it plugged or blocked, that there is a pebble in your ear that you can't get out
  • Having a humming, droning, rumbling, throbbing, vibrating-like, hissing, fizzing, or other types of sounds in your head
  • Low rumbling sounds
  • Reduced hearing, frequent or intermittent reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Pulsing in the ears, throbbing sound in the ear(s)
  • Tickle or itch in your ear that you can't seem to get at
  • Tinnitus and Anxiety

Heart Symptoms:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Chest pains anxiety symptoms
  • Concern about the heart
  • Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered, shortness of breath
  • Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath
  • Heart attack or anxiety attack (panic attack)
  • Heart Palpitations – beating hard or too fast, rapid heartbeat
  • Heart - Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or ‘skipped’ beats, tickle in the chest that makes you cough
  • Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
  • Radiating pain in the left shoulder and arm
  • Shooting chest pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stabbing pains in the back, fear heart problem
  • Tight band around the chest, fear heart problem

You can find out if you are having a heart attack or anxiety attack (panic attack)

Mind and Thinking Symptoms:

  • Afraid of everything
  • Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling
  • Brain Fog
  • Crazy thoughts
  • Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before
  • Depersonalization
  • Derealization
  • Desensitization
  • Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Disorientation
  • Easily distracted
  • Fear of going crazy
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of impending doom
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Frequent feeling of being overwhelmed, or that there is just too much to handle or do
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Nightmares, bad dreams
  • Obsession about sensations or getting better
  • Racing Thoughts / Racing Mind
  • Slow motion feeling
  • Repetitive thinking or incessant ‘mind chatter’
  • Short-term learning impairment, have a hard time learning new information
  • Short-term memory impairment, can't remember what I did a few days, hours, or moments ago
  • Spaced out feelings, feeling spaced out
  • "Stuck" thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that 'stick' in your mind and replay over and over again.
  • Trapped in your mind feeling
  • Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
  • You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders

Mood, Emotions, Feelings Symptoms;

  • Always feeling angry and lack of patience
  • Anxiety crying for no reason
  • Chronic Fatigue Anxiety Symptom, Syndrome
  • Depersonalization
  • Depression; Feeling Depressed; Low Mood
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Emotionally blunted, flat, or numb
  • Emotions feel numb; emotionally numb
  • Emotional flipping (dramatic mood swings)
  • Emotions feel wrong
  • Everything is scary, frightening
  • Feeling down in the dumps
  • Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
  • Frequently being on edge or 'grouchy'
  • Frustration, frustrated, anxiety frustration
  • Feel like crying for no apparent reason
  • Have no feelings about things you used to
  • Irritability, irritated, easily annoyed
  • Mood swings
  • Not feeling like yourself, detached from loved ones, emotionally numb
  • Sudden urge to escape or run away
  • Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
  • You feel like you are under pressure all the time

Mouth, Voice, Stomach, and Digestive Symptoms:

  • Bad taste in the mouth and anxiety
  • A tinny, metallic, or ammonia, or unusual smell or taste
  • Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching)
  • Burning mouth, feeling like the inside of your mouth is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these together or at different times
  • Burping, belching, frequent or excessive burping and belching, gas
  • Burning tongue, feeling like your tongue is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles
  • Choking
  • Constant craving for sugar or sweets
  • Constant lump in the throat feeling
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty talking, pronouncing certain letters or sounds, mouth feels like it isn't moving right, slurred speech
  • Dry mouth
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Feeling like you can't swallow properly or that something will get caught in your throat
  • Feeling like your tongue is swollen
  • IBS
  • Lack of appetite, Loss of appetite
  • Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat
  • Loss of bladder control or bowel control
  • Mixing up words when speaking; mixed up words
  • Mouth muscles twitching/jumping
  • Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
  • Nausea
  • Nausea vomiting
  • Nausea or abdominal stress
  • Nervous stomach
  • Static, electric charge, tingling, numbness, prickly, unusual pain and sensitivity feelings in the face, mouth, and/or throat
  • Stomach upset, gas, belching, bloating
  • Teeth grinding
  • The thought of eating makes you nauseous
  • Tight throat feeling
  • Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
  • TMJ
  • Tongue symptoms - Tingly, stretched, numb, frozen, itchy, crawly, burning, twitching, jumpy, aching, sore, or swollen tongue (when it isn't).
  • Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom
  • Voice changes: shaky, crackly, raspy, unsteady, hoarseness, broken, cracked, weak, random pitch, uneven tone, loss of voice, etc.
  • Vomiting
  • Warm burst surge sensation in the stomach

Skin Symptoms:

  • Burning itching skin (hands, feet, face, lips, etc.)
  • Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
  • Itching burning skin but no rash
  • Numbness
  • Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
  • Red skin, looks like your skin is red or turning red for no reason
  • Skin feels cold, wet
  • Skin symptoms (all of them - burning, itchy, crawly, prickly, stinging, biting, cold, hot, a cold wet feeling, a hot steam feeling, pinching, stabbing, electric zap or shock, nerve pain, tickling, numbness, pins and needles, wire brushed feeling, tingling, carpet burn feeling, or other skin sensations, feelings, sensitivities, and symptoms.)
  • Skin problems, infections, rashes

Sleep Symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams
  • Hearing sounds in your head that jolt you awake
  • Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night
  • Jolting awake
  • Waking up in a panic attack
  • You feel worse in the mornings

Sight, Vision, Eyes Symptoms:

  • Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision
  • Dry, watery or itchy eyes
  • Eye tricks, seeing things our of the corner of your eye that isn't there, stars, flashes
  • Eye problems vision symptoms
  • Eyes sensitive to light
  • Dilated or contracted pupils
  • Spots in the vision
  • Flashing lights when eyes are closed
  • Your depth perception feels wrong

Touch Symptoms:

  • Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
  • Feeling cold or chilled
  • Numbness
  • Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
  • Pain
  • Pins and needles: all over, in the hands and feet, fingers, left arm, etc.

Other anxiety symptoms are often described as: Being like a hypochondriac, muscle twinges, worry all the time, tingles, gagging, tightness in the chest, tongue twitches, shaky, breath lump, heart beat problems, head tingles, itchy tingling in arms and legs, and so many more.

In addition, you might also find yourself worrying compulsively about:

  • Having a heart attack
  • Having a serious undetected illness
  • Dying prematurely
  • Going insane or losing your mind
  • Suddenly snapping
  • Losing it
  • Uncontrollably harming yourself or someone you love
  • Losing control of your thoughts and actions
  • Being embarrassed or making a fool out of yourself
  • Losing control
  • Fainting in public
  • Not breathing properly
  • Losing control of reality
  • Choking or suffocating
  • Being alone

These are some of the more common signs, symptoms, and indications of anxiety. This symptoms list is not exhaustive.

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My Permanent Address is Scottow Enterprise Park, 262D, Lamas Road, Badersfield, Norfolk, NR10 5JR.

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I have worked with hundreds of capable people, (mainly professionals business owners.)
Who all suffer from anxiety, panic, anxiety and depression, and a wide range of the worrying symptoms, habits, thoughts and impulses which anxiety creates.

Over the past 5 years I have moved away from "symptom managing therapy" entirely and now works with clients based on a practical and pragmatic approach toward complete anxiety recovery.

My unique approach has been developed from the conversations with over 1000 people who suffer from chronic anxiety, social anxiety and panic combined with my personal insights of living with these challenges for 10 years.

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