Can Some Anxiety Symptoms Take Longer To Subside Than Others?

Written by Jim Folk
Last updated June 12, 2021

Play the video below to hear Jim Folk answer the common anxiety disorder question, "Can Some Anxiety Symptoms Take Longer To Subside Than Others?"



Can Some Anxiety Symptoms Take Longer To Subside Than Others? - Video Transcript

Question:

I’ve been working at Level One recovery for about three months, and I’ve seen many of my symptoms subside, such as headaches, numbness and tingling, chest pain, skin burning, floor moving, etc.

However, a couple of my symptoms (ears hissing/ringing, dizziness, and stomach problems) are still as strong as ever. Do these types of symptoms take longer to subside than others?

Answer:

Stress, including anxiety-caused stress, affects each body somewhat uniquely. As such, each person can have a unique anxiety symptom experience, including which symptoms are the most problematic and which symptoms take the longest to subside.

So, what may be bothersome for you, might not be a problem at all for someone else.

However, some symptoms seem to be the last to subside for a lot of people.

Dizziness/lightheadedness, tinnitus (hissing/ringing in the ears), sleep disruption, fatigue, trembling/shaking, and stomach/digestive problems often take longer to subside than others.

This is not to suggest that these symptoms will take the longest for you, as, again, you can have a unique anxiety symptom experience. But that these are the symptoms most people comment about taking the longest to subside.

Dizziness/lightheadedness and tinnitus took the longest for me (Jim Folk).

Nevertheless, if you continue to practice your recovery strategies, your lingering symptoms will subside as your body completely recovers from hyperstimulation. It’s only a matter of time.

When you eliminate the cause of the problem (anxiety-caused hyperstimulation), the problem and its symptoms disappear.

If you stay the course, you will eliminate all your symptoms, including those that seem stuck at the moment.

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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