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Cold, feeling cold or chilled

Jim Folk author
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: February 9, 2021


Cold, feeling cold or chilled - common descriptions:

  • You may suddenly feel very cold or chilled.
  • You may have an area on your body that feels cold or chilled.
  • It may feel like you are in a cold draft without there being a reason for it.
  • You may have a chill that you can't seem to shake even with blankets or extra clothing.

You may experience this cold feeling rarely, once and a while, or frequently.

This cold feeling can vary in degrees.

The cold spot may originate at one small location on your body or may involve the entire body, or any variation thereof.

These types of symptoms may come and go quickly, may come and last longer than you think they should, may also be followed by an escalation of other symptoms, or may even precede an escalation of fear, worry, an episode of high anxiety, or even panic.

For a more complete description of this cold and chilled feeling anxiety symptom, see our “Feel Cold Chilled Anxiety Symptom.”

There are direct physiological and psychological reasons why anxiety symptoms occur, including this one. The Recovery Support area of our website contains detailed information about common anxiety symptoms including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and the percentage of anxiety disorder sufferers who experience them. It includes the anxiety symptom feeling cold.


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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