The Physical Effects of Anxiety

February 23, 2018

We all experience anxiety from time to time. However, this occasional anxiety is different from what one has with an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are more than just having a temporary worry or fear. It involves incessant worries that do not go away easily. In many cases, they get worse over time.

Chronic anxiety does not just interfere with daily activities and relationships; it can also have an impact on physical health.

Anxiety and Physical Health

Anxiety-provoking situations trigger our body’s “fight or flight” response. This results in the release of chemicals and hormones, causing a myriad of events which include a faster heart rate and breathing.

The body reacts this way to prepare you to respond appropriately to the situation. While this is a completely healthy response from the body, repeated exposure to the stressor can break the balance.

When you are repeatedly stressed or anxious, the body ends up not getting the signal to return to normal functioning. And this can weaken the immune system, making you more prone to viral infections.

Other body systems such as the excretory and digestive systems may also suffer. Chronic anxiety can lead to loss of appetite and it’s even suspected to contribute to the development of irritable bowel syndrome.

Anxiety disorders also increases one’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

What To Do

If you are living with anxiety and haven’t had any success with the conventional treatment methods, TMS therapy may be right for you.

TMS therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a noninvasive and FDA-approved treatment for conditions like anxiety and depression. In this form of therapy, short pulses of magnetic field are administered. These pulses of magnetic field stimulate the disrupted areas of the brain, causing improvement of symptoms.

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