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Excess Energy, Energized, Nervous Energy Anxiety Symptoms

Marilyn Folk BScN medical reviewer
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: April 3, 2019

Excess energy, energized, nervous energy anxiety symptoms description:

The anxiety symptom excess energy is characterized as:

Many people find that as their stress increases, so does the excess energy and the desire to do more.

The excess energy, nervous energy anxiety symptoms can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you might feel excess energy once in a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.

The excess energy, nervous energy anxiety symptoms may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.

The excess energy 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.

The excess energy 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.

The excess energy, nervous energy anxiety symptoms can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.

All of the above combinations and variations are common.

The excess energy, nervous energy anxiety symptoms often seem more disconcerting when trying to rest, relax, or go to sleep.

Some people notice having a higher craving for sugar, sweets, and chocolate when they are experiencing the excess energy anxiety symptoms.

What causes the excess energy anxiety symptoms?

Behaving apprehensively activates the body's stress response. The stress response causes a number of physiological, psychological, and emotional changes in the body that enhance its ability to deal with danger. This response is often referred to as the fight or flight response.

A part of the stress response changes include stimulating the body and bringing its full energy resources into action. This gives the body the fuel and energy it needs to either fight or flee.

This emergency readiness change is beneficial when in real danger but can cause problems when activated too frequently or dramatically. For example, 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 state of semi stress response readiness. We call this state stress-response hyperstimulation since stress hormones are stimulants. A body that becomes stress-response hyperstimulated can exhibit similar sensations and symptoms to that of an active stress response even though a stress response hasn’t been activated. Experiencing excess energy is an example of how the body can behave when it becomes overly stressed, such as that from overly apprehensive behavior.

Even though you might be experiencing excess energy, this anxiety symptom isn't harmful, and therefore, needn't be a cause for concern. It's just another indication of a body that's become overly stressed and stimulated.

How to get rid of the excess energy anxiety symptoms?

Because the excess energy anxiety symptom is caused by persistently elevated stress, containing your anxious behavior, reducing your body's stress, and giving your body ample time to calm down will eliminate this symptom in time. So again, it needn't be a cause for concern.

There are many ways to reduce stress, including:

And so on.

Anything you can do to reduce stress and increase rest will allow your body to calm down in time. Keep in mind that it may take much longer than you think for your body to recover from stress-response hyperstimulation. Faithfully managing your worry and reducing stress will bring results in time.

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

For a more detailed explanation about anxiety symptoms, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, and what you can do to expedite recovery, as well as common barriers to recovery, and more in-depth 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 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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