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  • Writer's pictureTodd Schmenk

How Sensations can be Mistaken as Anxiety

Consider that sensations and anxiety can be closely related, and it is possible for someone to mistake one for the other. I come across this often when working people with more anxious related challenges. Here are some of reasons how sensations can be mistaken as anxiety:

  1. Hypervigilance: People who are anxious tend to be hyper-vigilant and are always on the lookout for potential threats. This heightened awareness can also cause them to notice sensations in their body that they may interpret as a sign of danger or impending doom.

  2. Catastrophic thinking: People with anxiety often engage in catastrophic thinking, imagining worst-case scenarios and thinking that something terrible is about to happen. This type of thinking can lead to misinterpreting physical sensations as a sign of danger.

  3. Previous experience: People who have had panic attacks in the past may be more likely to mistake physical sensations as anxiety. Once someone has experienced a panic attack, they may be hypersensitive to bodily sensations and interpret them as a sign that another attack is imminent.

  4. Stress: Stress can cause physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, and stomach upset. These symptoms can be mistaken for anxiety, especially if the person is already prone to anxiety.

  5. Diet and Sleep: Often underestimated, not having enough in your stomach, eating the kinds of foods that you burn through quickly, eating too much or too little and of course your sleep habits can al add up and give you the symptoms that are often connected to having higher levels of anxiety and panic like symptoms.

It's important to note that while physical sensations can be mistaken as anxiety, it is always essential to seek medical advice if you experience any unusual symptoms or should those symptoms continue on for a lengthy amount of time. Only a qualified medical professional can determine the root cause of your symptoms and recommend the appropriate treatment.

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