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Head and Brain Zaps anxiety symptom

brain zaps anxiety symptoms

Anxiety head and brain zaps anxiety symptom description:

It feels as if your head, brain, or both have experienced a sudden shake, vibration, tremor, jolt, electric shock, or zap.

Some people describe the head and brain zaps symptoms as if the brain has been suddenly jolted by electricity or strong electric charge. Others describe it as having a sudden intense head or brain tremor, shake, or vibration.

The head and brain zaps symptoms generally come out of nowhere and don’t have a logical explanation. These head and brain zaps usually last only a few brief moments and then disappear. The brain zap feeling can affect a small part of your head or brain, many parts of them, or all of them.

The head and brain zaps symptoms can occur rarely, frequently, or persistently. They can be associated with anxiety and stress, or for no apparent reason.

The head and brain zaps symptoms can be slight, moderately strong, or severe.

All variations and combinations of the above are common.

Why can anxiety cause head and brain zaps?

Behaving in an apprehensive manner creates the state of anxiety. Being anxious activates the body’s emergency response, also called the stress response. The stress response secretes stress hormones into the bloodstream where they bring about specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that equip the body to better deal with danger - to either fight with or flee from it - which is the reason the stress response is often referred to as the fight or flight response.

Because of the changes the stress response brings about, anxiety stresses the body. When the body becomes overly stressed, it can exhibit symptoms of stress, such as having head and brain zaps. If you've been under a lot of stress lately, that could be the very reason you experienced this symptom.

As the body's stress increases overall, it can exhibit more symptoms overall, and they can vary in type, number, intensity, duration, and frequency. Having head and brain zaps is a common indication of persistently elevated stress.

We explain this symptom and the reasons the body reacts this way in more detail in the Recovery Support area of our website.

While this sensation can be unsettling and startling, it’s not dangerous or harmful when it’s a symptom of elevated stress. It generally subsides when the body has had some time to unwind from the build up of stress. More about this in a moment.

The head and brain zaps symptom can also be caused by an adverse reaction to medication, or discontinuing from an antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication. For more information about medication related head and brain zaps.

How to eliminate head and brain zaps

As we mentioned above, persistently elevated stress is the most common cause of this symptom. To eliminate it, you need to reduce your stress and give your body sufficient time to recover. Keep in mind that once the body gets stressed to the point of where it is producing symptoms like this, it can take a long time for the body to recover. One of the reasons these types of symptoms persist is that the body hasn’t been given sufficient time to calm down and recover.

Remember, worry stresses the body. So worrying about your symptoms will interfere with recovery. If you want to help your body recover, you’ll need to stop your worrying.

Play the clip below for Jim Folk's commentary about the brain zaps anxiety symptoms. Jim Folk is the president of anxietycentre.com.

Brain zaps are common symptoms of elevated stress, including the stress anxiety can cause. Jim Folk experienced many of them during his 12 year struggle with anxiety disorder.

We explain this and other recovery considerations in more detail in Chapter 3 in the Recovery Support area of our website. If you have been struggling with persistent symptoms and nothing you do seems to help, you may want to join our Recovery Support area and read about why symptoms can persist in spite of our best efforts.

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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