Is it possible to have anxiety symptoms and not feel anxious or stressed?
Yes, we hear this all the time. In fact, I (Jim Folk) felt the same way when my anxiety condition occurred. I didn't think I was anxious or stressed either. In fact, when my doctor told me that anxiety and stress were causing my symptoms, I laughed and thought he was way off base.
Since anxiety personalities live more anxiously than others overall, their elevated level of anxiety feels normal to them. For example, I couldn't tell I lived anxiously because I thought my level of anxiety was normal and that everyone else lived that way too.
But that's the problem, because I lived anxiously and my elevated level of anxiety was my "normal," I didn't know what living less anxiously felt like. So I had nothing to compare to. Once I understood anxiety better, however, it became apparent as to how unhealthy I was living.
But this is also the good news, too. Since we've learned to live more anxiously than others, we can also learn how to live healthier and less anxiously. Doing so eliminates anxiety symptoms by default.
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There are other reasons, as well. Recovery Support members can read a more thorough answer in Chapter 10, our Frequently Asked Questions section in the member's area, which has over 800 answers to commonly asked questions about anxiety, including why anxiety symptoms can occur even though we don't feel anxious or stressed.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or 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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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated January 1, 2019.