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Anxiety Attacks, Disorder, and Panic Attack Symptoms

There are over 100 anxiety, anxiety attack, anxiety disorder, and panic attack symptoms, including:

  • Numbness and tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck tension
  • Stomach upset, nervous stomach
  • Pulsing in the ear
  • Burning skin
  • Fear of impending doom
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Electric shock feeling
  • Shooting pains in the face
  • Heart palpitations
  • Weakness in legs
  • Feeling like you are going crazy
  • Inability to rest
  • Sleep problems

There are a great many more. For a comprehensive anxiety symptoms list with descriptions, including severe anxiety symptoms, see below.

What are anxiety symptoms?

Behaving in an overly apprehensive manner creates the physiological, psychological, and emotional state of anxiety. Anxiety activates the stress response, which stresses the body. A body that becomes overly stressed can exhibit symptoms of stress.

So anxiety symptoms are actually symptoms of stress. They are referred to as anxiety symptoms (often misspelled as anxiety symptons) because behaving apprehensively and the anxiety it causes is the main source of the stress that causes the body to become symptomatic.

Because each person is somewhat chemically unique, the type, number, intensity, duration, and frequency of anxiety symptoms will vary from person to person. For example, one person might have just one mild anxiety symptom, whereas another person might have every anxiety symptom and to great severity. All combinations and variations are common.

Play the video below for more information about anxiety symptoms:

Chapter 9 in the member's area of our website is our Symptoms Section. Chapter 9 includes all anxiety symptoms (not just those listed below), including in depth descriptions about how each symptom feels, what causes it, what you can do to eliminate it, and how prevalent each anxiety symptom is (the percentage of people who experience each symptom).

Anxiety symptoms in women and men

The majority of anxiety symptoms in women and men are similar, but there are some differences.

For example, anxiety causes stress hormones to enter the bloodstream where they travel to targeted spots in the body to bring about specific emergency response changes. These changes prepare the body for immediate action.

Since stress hormones affect other hormones, women can experience a wide range of sensations and symptoms due to how stress hormones affect the female menstruation cycle. Many women experience increases in anxiety symptoms in association with their monthly cycle.

Women can also experience an increase in symptoms due to the biological changes of pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and menopause.

Women are also more emotionally-centered than men, so their symptoms can seem more daunting.

Men also have challenges, as stress hormones also affect male hormones. Men who are more emotionally-centered can also struggle more with anxiety symptoms.

For more information, see the symptoms of anxiety list below:

Anxiety symptoms listing:

Body (symptoms associated with the body in general):

Chest (symptoms associated with the chest area):

Emotions (see mood) (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with emotions, mood, and feelings)

Fears (symptoms commonly associated with fear):


Hearing / Ear(s):

Mind (symptoms of anxiety associated with the mind and thinking):

Mood / Emotions (symptoms of anxiety commonly associated with mood, emotions, and feelings):

  • Always feeling angry and lack of patience
  • Depersonalization
  • Depression
  • Dramatic mood swings (emotional flipping)
  • Emotionally blunted, flat, or numb
  • Emotional "flipping" (dramatic mood swings)
  • Emotions feel wrong
  • Everything is scary, frightening
  • Feeling down in the dumps
  • Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
  • Frequently being on edge or 'grouchy'
  • Feel like crying for no apparent reason
  • Have no feelings about things you used to
  • Not feeling like yourself, detached from loved ones, emotionally numb
  • Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
  • You feel like you are under pressure all the time

Mouth / Stomach (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mouth and stomach):


Sleep (symptoms of anxiety commonly associated with sleep and sleep problems):

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams
  • Hearing sounds in your head that jolt you awake
  • Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night
  • Jolting awake
  • Waking up in a panic attack
  • You feel worse in the mornings

Sight (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the eyes and sight):

Touch (symptoms commonly associated with the sense of touch):

Other anxiety symptoms are often described as: Being like a hypochondriac, muscle twinges, worry all the time, tingles, gagging, tightness in the chest, tongue twitches, shaky, breath lump, heart beat problems, head tingles, itchy tingling in arms and legs, and so many more.

In addition, you might also find yourself worrying compulsively about:
• Having a heart attack
• Having a serious undetected illness
• Dying prematurely
• Going insane or losing your mind
• Suddenly snapping
• Losing it
• Uncontrollably harming yourself or someone you love
• Losing control of your thoughts and actions
• Being embarrassed or making a fool out of yourself
• Losing control
• Fainting in public
• Not breathing properly
• Losing control of reality
• Choking or suffocating
• Being alone

These are some of the more common symptoms of anxiety. This list is not exhaustive.

If you would like more information about anxiety symptoms, including those that aren't listed above - the Symptoms section (Chapter 9) in the member's area includes every anxiety symptom - you may want to become a member and access this invaluable section. This Symptoms section is the most comprehensive symptom resource available today. Click the link below for membership options and access this important information right away:

NOTE: It's wise to discuss all new, changing, persistent, and returning symptoms with your doctor to ensure that they are not being caused by some other medical condition, since there are many medical conditions that can cause anxiety- and stress-like symptoms. If your doctor has attributed your symptoms to stress and anxiety, you can feel confident that your doctor's diagnosis is correct. If you aren't confident in your doctor's assessment, you may want to seek a second and even third opinion. This way, you can feel confident that nothing more serious is causing your symptoms.

For more information:

Anxiety symptoms can range in type, number, intensity, frequency, and duration with each person having a unique experience with anxiety symptoms.

Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated October 2014.
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