All of us at anxietycentre.com have experienced debilitating anxiety. But we’ve also overcome it and returned to normal and lasting health. Because we know the hardship anxiety unwellness can cause, we are committed to helping others, with over 27 years of service.” - Jim Folk, President, anxietycentre.com

Can Anxiety Cause Permanent Symptoms?

Based on our personal and professional experiences with anxiety disorder and lasting recovery, no, ALL anxiety sensations and symptoms disappear when the body returns to normal, non-hyperstimulated health. This should be your expectation.

Since anxiety symptoms are symptoms of abnormal stress, when the abnormal stress is resolved, the body DOESN’T exhibit stress symptoms. The body ONLY exhibits stress symptoms WHEN it is overly stressed.

Abnormal stress = sensations and symptoms of abnormal stress

Normal stress = no sensations and symptoms of abnormal stress

So again, completely eliminating your anxiety symptoms should be your expectation.

If your symptoms are lingering, that means your body’s stress is abnormally elevated either from persistent stress, such as physical stress or overly apprehensive behavior, or because your body hasn’t fully recovered yet. Period! As long as the body is overly stressed, it will exhibit symptoms of stress, and of any type, number, intensity, duration, and frequency.

Persevering with your recovery strategies and for long enough will cause the cessation of ALL anxiety- and stress-caused sensations and symptoms. Count on it!

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The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.


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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated September 10, 2017.

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