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Body Jolt, Jolts, Shocks, Zaps. Tremors, Shakes - anxiety symptoms

Body jolt, jolts, shocks, zaps, tremors, shakes anxiety symptoms descriptions:

Body jolts and zaps can persistently affect one area of the body only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas, or affect the entire body. It’s common for body jolts and zaps to affect the entire body at once, but other variations can occur.

Body jolts and zaps can come and go rarely, or occur frequently. It’s rare that body jolts and zaps last for more than a few moments at a time. Body tremors, however, can persist. For more information, see the body tremors anxiety symptoms.

Body jolts and zaps may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.

Body jolts and zaps can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.

Body jolts and zaps can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also vary in intensity where you experience a strong jolt one time and barely notice a body jolt the next.

The body jolts and zaps anxiety symptoms can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.

All of the above combinations and variations are common.

What causes body jolts and zaps anxiety symptoms?

This sensation is a common symptom of persistently elevated stress, including that from behaving overly anxiously.

As this symptom relates to anxiety, there are two primary causes:

1. Anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication related
This symptom can be caused by anxiety medication, whether when just starting a medication, while on one, when adjusting dosage, when adding to or subtracting another medication, or when withdrawing from a medication. Since anxiety medications affect how the nervous system (which includes the brain) functions, medication’s influence or elimination can cause the nervous system to act erratically.

It’s common to experience “body jolts” in connection with these types of medications. You should discuss this symptom with your doctor or pharmacist if you think it is being caused by the medication you are taking.

2. The adverse effects of stress-response hyperstimulation
Behaving anxiously activates the body’s stress response. Because of how stress responses affect the body, stress responses stress the body, and in particular, the body’s nervous system, which includes the brain. A body that becomes overly stressed can exhibit symptoms. Experiencing sudden body jolts, zaps, tremors, and shakes is an example of how the body can react when it becomes overly stressed.

If you are interested in a more detailed explanation, we explain this in Chapter three in the Recovery Support area of our website.

Nevertheless, even though the body jolts and zaps anxiety symptoms can be startling because they generally occur out of the blue, they aren’t harmful. They are merely the consequences of an overly stressed body.

How to get rid of body jolts and zaps anxiety symptoms?

The most effective way to eliminate body jolts and zaps is to reduce your body’s stress and give it ample time to respond.

Because this symptom is caused by a build up of stress, there are NO quick-fix cures to eliminate it. Eliminating it requires regularly reducing your body’s stress until abnormal stress is no longer a factor. When your body has returned to normal non-hyperstimulated health, it will stop exhibiting body jolts and zaps.

Lingering stress-caused sensations and symptoms are simply an indication that:

  1. You are continuing to trigger stress responses (from stressful circumstances or from unidentified and/or unresolved underlying factors of anxiety).
  2. The body’s stress level hasn’t been sufficiently reduced.
  3. The body hasn’t completely recovered yet.

Lingering stress-caused sensations and symptoms ONLY remain because of the above reasons. They AREN’T an indication of a more serious medical problem. They will disappear when the body’s stress-response hyperstimulated state is eliminated and the body has had enough time to completely recover.

Since worrying, fretting, and becoming emotionally upset about stress-caused sensations and symptoms stress the body, these types of behaviors can interfere with the recovery process and ultimately symptom elimination.

Once again, body jolts and zaps are common for elevated stress, including the elevation in stress that being overly anxious can cause. Therefore, it needn’t be a cause for concern. It will subside when you eliminate your body’s overly stressed state.

When the body jolts and zaps anxiety symptoms are caused by medication, it’s best to talk with your doctor and pharmacist for more information.

For a more detailed explanation about all anxiety symptoms, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.

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 January 2, 2018. Information, support, and coaching/counseling/therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, including body jolt, jolts, shocks, zaps anxiety symptoms.