Hot Flashes Anxiety Symptoms

Written by Jim Folk
Medically reviewed by Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated May 18, 2021

Hot flash, flashes anxiety symptoms descriptions:

  • You experience a sudden hot flash, spell, or episode.
  • You break into a seemingly uncontrollable hot sweat.
  • You also might experience a brief moment or moments of feeling unusually hot.
  • It seems like your body is having issues with heat.
  • It feels like your body has just had a hot flush where you suddenly feel hot and begin to sweat.
  • It feels like it’s too hot, yet your environment is normal temperature.

Hot flashes can occur on or in your arms, hands, fingers, toes, legs, feet, head, face, stomach, anywhere on or in your body, or encompass your entire body.

Hot flashes anxiety symptoms 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 and/or all areas of the body over and over again.

Hot flashes anxiety symptoms can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may have a hot flash once and a while and not that often, have them off and on, or have them all the time.

Hot flashes anxiety symptoms may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.

Hot flashes anxiety symptoms 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.

Hot flashes anxiety symptoms can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.

Hot flashes can last for a brief moment, a few moments, a few minutes, ten to twenty minutes or more, or for hours at a time.

The hot flashes anxiety symptom can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.

All of the above combinations and variations are common.

Hot flashes anxiety symptoms often seem more problematic when undistracted, trying to rest or go to sleep, or when sleeping. Some people are even woken up by hot flashes.

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What causes hot flashes anxiety symptoms?

Behaving in an apprehensive manner (worried, fretful, fearful, nervous) causes the body to activate the stress response, which causes the body to secrete stress hormones into the bloodstream where they travel to targeted spots in the body to bring about specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body’s ability to deal with a threat—to either fight with or flee from it—which is the reason this response is often referred to as the fight or flight response or the emergency response.

Part of the emergency response changes include increasing perspiration, heart rate, respiration, and metabolism. These changes alone can cause the body’s temperature to rise. There are other changes that occur, too, that can cause the body’s temperature to rise. Experiencing hot flashes is a common consequence of behaving anxiously and the resulting stress response changes.

When stress responses occur infrequently, the body can recover relatively quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes the stress response brings about. When stress responses occur too frequently and/or dramatically, however, the body has a more difficult time recovering, which can result in the body remaining in a semi hyperstimulated state, since stress hormones are stimulants. A body that becomes stress-response hyperstimulated can exhibit similar sensations and symptoms to that of an active emergency response..and many more, including causing involuntary hot flashes.

We explain these reasons in more detail in Chapter 9 (our member’s symptoms chapter) in the Recovery Support area of our website.

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How to get rid of hot flashes anxiety symptoms?

When the hot flashes anxiety symptom is caused by apprehensive behavior and the accompanying stress response changes, calming yourself down will bring an end to the response and its changes. As your body recovers, this anxiety symptom should subside. Keep in mind that it can take up to 20 minutes or more for the body to recover from a major response. But this is normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

When hot flashes are caused by persistent stress, such as from stress-response hyperstimulation, it may take a lot more time for the body to calm down and recover, and to the point where the hot flashes anxiety symptom subsides.

Nevertheless, when the body has fully recovered from the stress of being anxious, anxiety caused hot flashes will completely disappear. Therefore, they needn’t be a cause for concern.

You can speed up the recovery process by reducing your stress, practicing relaxed breathing, increasing your rest and relaxation, and not worrying about your hot flashes anxiety symptom. Sure, they can be bothersome and annoying, but again, when your body has recovered from an active stress response and/or sustained stress, this symptom will completely disappear.

If you are having difficulty containing your worry, you may want to connect with one of our anxiety disorder therapists, coaches, or counselors. Working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to overcome what seems like uncontrollable anxiety.

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 – which we call 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.

Additional Resources

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