What causes anxiety symptoms?
Anxiety symptoms are caused by an overly stressed and stimulated body. We call them anxiety symptoms because behaving in an overly apprehensive manner is the main source of the stress that causes the body to become overly stressed and symptomatic. We call this overly stressed and stimulated state, stress-response hyperstimulation.
Are anxiety symptoms dangerous?
No. Anxiety symptoms are not dangerous. They are merely symptoms of an overly stressed and stimulated body. They completely disappear when the body's overly stressed and stimulated state is eliminated.
Anxiety attack symptoms aren’t dangerous either. They are merely symptoms associated with a high degree stress response. For more information about anxiety attacks and anxiety attack symptoms, see the anxiety attacks and anxiety attacks symptoms sections.
But, anxiety symptoms can be powerful. As the severity of the body’s stress-response hyperstimulated state increases, so can the number, type, intensity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.
Even though anxiety symptoms can be powerful at times, they are merely symptoms of stress and needn't be a cause for concern. But to eliminate anxiety symptoms, we need to reduce the body's stress and give the body ample time to recover. As the body recovers from its overly stressed state, it stops exhibiting symptoms of stress.
For more information about eliminating anxiety symptoms, see the section "Recovery 101."
For more information about the many anxiety symptoms, see our anxiety symptoms section.
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 2016.