Can Anxiety Cause Permanent Symptoms?

Written by Jim Folk
Last updated September 2, 2022

Can Anxiety Cause Permanent Symptoms?

Complete Question

At the beginning of my struggle with anxiety, I had a few symptoms that came and went. Now, my anxiety symptoms are with me all the time. I'm starting to think that anxiety can cause permanent symptoms. Can anxiety cause permanent symptoms?


While anxiety can cause persistent symptoms, based on our personal and professional experiences with anxiety disorder and recovery, no, ALL anxiety symptoms subside when we've dealt with our anxiety issues and eliminated the body's chronic stress. This can be your expectation.

Anxiety symptoms are symptoms of stress. Eliminating anxious behavior and reducing stress will eventually eliminate the stress that causes persistent symptoms.

Unhealthy stress = sensations and symptoms of stress

Healthy stress = no sensations and symptoms of stress

So again, completely eliminating anxiety symptoms should be your expectation if you do the right work.

If you are experiencing chronic symptoms, that means your body has become chronically stressed, which we call stress-response hyperstimulation. Excessive physical stress and overly apprehensive behavior can cause chronic stress. As long as the body is chronically stressed, it can exhibit symptoms of stress, and of any type, number, intensity, duration, and frequency.

Persevering with your recovery efforts, and for long enough, will cause the cessation of ALL anxiety- and stress-caused sensations and symptoms.

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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.

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