When Anxiety Feel More Physical Than Mental

Posted on by Annette Vasulka

"When I asked a group of friends over brunch what their anxiety felt like, each person had a different answer. One had pain in their armpits. Another felt her eye twitch nonstop for weeks. Another had trouble breathing. All of us had different  physical symptoms of some kind. 'What we know is happening when people are getting those physical symptoms is that their body has gotten ratcheted up and then has lost its ability to calm back down,' says psychologist Karen Cassiday, the managing director at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago and the current president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. 'It’s kind of like a car being stuck in high idle where the engine is racing too fast, but it’s not in gear, so it’s not going fast.'"

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