YES, it absolutely can!! And I’ll explain why …
Your mind is constantly on the look out for any threat to your survival and will look for the slightest thing that matches up with any past memory. As soon as it finds a match the same thoughts, and actions are produced as your mind believes the threat to be ‘real’ like it once was…..
So anxiety isn’t actually real but the symptoms are – all your mind has done is match up thoughts from a past memory or something going on in your physical world to an old memory and if this was stressful it will produce the same response.
We all feel anxious at times and this is perfectly normal, it’s when the anxious feelings begin to take over that we need to do something about changing our thought patterns. It’s normal to worry about an exam or a driving test for example. These feelings can give you an awareness of the risks and what you need to do in a difficult or dangerous situation. This reaction is known as ‘fight or flight.’
Your brain responds to a threat or danger by releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Even if you have imagined the danger, these hormones cause the physical symptoms of anxiety. Once the threatening situation has stopped, your body will usually return to normal.
But for some of us these feelings of fear and danger can be on-going and interrupt your daily routine long after the threat has gone. They can make you feel like things are worse than they actually are.
Everyone’s experience of anxiety disorders is different. Not everyone who has an anxiety disorder will experience the same symptoms.
Some physical symptoms –
- Chest pain
- Fast heartbeat
- Fast breathing
- Stomach pain
And here are some mental symptoms –
- Feelings of panic and doom
- Uncontrollable racing thoughts
- Sleep difficulties
- Changes in appetite
- Inability to concentrate and focus
- Feelings that you’re not connected to your body
Anxiety can often lead to depression but there is so much help at hand to change all of this – reach out to a professional today.