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Is My Anxiety Different Because I Have So Many Symptoms?

Jim Folk author
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: November 29, 2019

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Anxiety Question

I’ve been dealing with anxiety for a long time. I have a lot of the symptoms you list at your website. Many of my friends have anxiety, too, but they only have one or two symptoms. Is my anxiety different because I have so many symptoms, or do some people just get some symptoms whereas others get many? In other words, is it common for anxiety sufferers to get many symptoms or just one or two?


Apprehensive behavior creates anxiety, anxiety activates the stress response, and the stress response stresses the body. A body that’s under stress can exhibit symptoms.

Consequently, anxiety symptoms are symptoms of stress. We call them anxiety symptoms because overly apprehensive behavior is the main source of the stress that creates symptoms.

Since each body is somewhat chemically unique, each body can respond somewhat uniquely to stress.

For example, some people experience only one or two anxiety symptoms while others experience many or all of the symptoms we mention in the Anxiety Symptoms section of our website.

Again, it will all depend on how each body reacts to stress.

Moreover, the level of stress can also make a difference. For example, as the body’s level of stress increases, so can the type, number, intensity, duration, and frequency of symptoms increase.

The more anxious you are, the greater the likelihood your symptoms will increase.

Both the uniqueness of how each body reacts to stress and the degree of anxiety can play a role in the number of symptoms a person can experience.

As for your second question, it’s more common for a person to experience many anxiety symptoms than it is to experience just one or two.

For example, in an online poll we conducted, of those who experienced anxiety disorder:

  • 1.2 percent experienced no symptoms
  • 1.7 percent experienced only one symptom
  • 12 percent experienced only a few symptoms
  • 85.1 percent experienced many or all symptoms

As you can see, the category for experiencing many to all anxiety symptoms is the most common. The results of this poll echo those of our personal and professional experiences with anxiety disorder.


The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

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