Anxiety can occur in your life from time to time. In most cases, anxiety is temporary, as it can come and go. However, some people might suffer from chronic anxiety disorders that can harm their life. Anxiety can have many negative effects on your mental health. It is also found to adversely affect your physical health too. Therefore, you need to control anxiety before it can deteriorate your mental and physical well-being. Anxiety can have a large number of impacts on your general health. The following are some of the systems in your body that can be affected by chronic anxiety disorders:
Central Nervous System
Long term anxiety, and panic attacks, etc. instructs your brain to release stress hormones. This can increase the intensity and frequency of different anxiety-related symptoms like dizziness, headaches, and depression. When you feel stressed and anxious, your brain will flood the nervous system with chemicals and hormones that are designed for helping you respond to a particular threat. Cortisol and adrenaline are two of such hormones. Although such hormones can be beneficial during stressful events, their prolonged use might have adverse health effects. For instance, when you are exposed to cortisol for a long time it can contribute to weight gain.
The flight-or-fight response of your body gets triggered by the onset of anxiety. This results in the release of a wide array of chemicals and hormones such as adrenaline. It can increase the breathing and pulse rate so that it will be possible for you to appropriately respond to an intense situation. It can also give your immune system a brief boost. When the stressful situation passes, your body will return to normal functioning.
However, if you repeatedly feel stressed or anxious, these responses will last for a long time. This will make your immune system weak thereby leaving you vulnerable to the threat of different diseases and infections.
Anxiety disorders can result in rapid heart rate, chest pain, and palpitation. Also, it can increase your blood pressure thereby heightening the possibility of heart diseases, and stroke, etc.
Anxiety causes shallow and rapid breathing. A person suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is at a greater risk of being hospitalized due to anxiety-related complications. Also, anxiety can make the symptoms of asthma worse.
Additionally, anxiety can lead to many other symptoms including headaches, insomnia, muscle tension, social isolation, and depression, etc. Therefore, make sure to manage anxiety before it can reduce the quality of your life.