Can Anxiety Cause You To Worry About One Anxiety Symptom After Another?

Written by Jim Folk
Last updated May 14, 2021

Anxiety Question:

Can anxiety cause a person to finally calm down about one symptom when another symptom shows up that scares you?

What I mean is, I've been experiencing all sorts of symptoms that come and go. When one symptom leaves or I get used to it, another one shows up and that scares me all over again. I haven't calmed down any in the last of couple months since my panic attacks started because I’ve been scared about all the symptoms I’ve been getting. Can anxiety do that?



We create the psychological, emotional, and physical state of anxiety when we behave (think and act) in an apprehensive manner, such as fearing something bad might happen.

Worry is an example of apprehensive behavior.

For more information about the cause of anxiety and how it affects the body, visit our “Anxiety 101” article. The link is in the comments below.

Worrying that an anxiety symptom is a sign of serious medical illness is a common concern among anxious people. This worry indicates a health and medical sensitivity. And worrying about health and medical matters creates anxiety.

To answer your question, yes! Many anxious people become relieved about one anxiety symptom only to become concerned about another anxiety symptom when it appears.

This is one of the reasons why anxiety disorder can be so perplexing. It often seems that just as we calm down and get used to one symptom, another one shows up that we then have to worry about.

And then, as we get used to that one, or it goes away, another one shows up that scares us, and we have to start calming down all over again.

Anxiety disorder can seem like we deal with one symptom after another. It can also seem like we are dealing with many symptoms that come and go, keeping us constantly worried and symptomatic.

Unfortunately, reacting to anxiety symptoms like this can keep the body stressed and symptomatic since anxiety symptoms are symptoms of stress.

We call them anxiety symptoms because anxious behavior is the main source of the stress that keeps the body stressed and symptomatic.

Worrying about symptoms is a common source of stress for people who have health and medical sensitivities.

So again, yes, worrying about one symptom after another is a common experience for anxious people, especially those who have health and medical worries.

If you are worried about one symptom after another, I recommend connecting with one of our recommended anxiety disorder therapists to help you address your health and medical concerns.

Our experience has shown that a self-help approach to resolving health and medical worries is often insufficient to provide meaningful relief.

Many people struggle with anxiety disorder for years because they haven’t found relief from these types of fears.

However, we’ve worked with countless clients over the years that have gained great success over health and medical concerns.

Because there are many ways and reasons why these fears set up, professional help is the most effective way to identify and address them.

A one-size-fits-all approach is limited in its effectiveness. That’s why we recommend therapy to address health and medical sensitivities.

I struggled with health and medical matters constantly during my struggle with anxiety disorder.

And just like you, once I calmed myself down about one symptom, another symptom would pop up and scare the daylights out of me.

But that was over 30 years ago.

I rarely ever think of those fears now. And when I do, it’s only when I’m addressing them with a Recovery Support member.

You, too, can gain that level of success if you’re willing to work at it.

Yes, therapy is work. But it’s work we can do with the help of an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, and one that is trained in helping people overcome health and medical fears.

Many of our recommended therapists have this training and experience.

So, overall, yes, worrying about one symptom after another is common for anxious people. But you can overcome it with the right help, effort, and support.

You don’t have to let these fears ruin your life.

In the meantime, you can alleviate some of your concerns about anxiety symptoms by becoming familiar with them, why anxiety causes them, and what you can do to get rid of them.

You can visit our Anxiety Symptoms section on our public pages for more information about many common anxiety symptoms or become a member of our Recovery Support area where you can access all anxiety symptoms with detailed information about their cause and how to get rid of them.

Familiarizing yourself with anxiety symptoms can remove a great deal of concerns about them. That can be helpful until you address your health and medical anxieties.

For more information about this phenomenon, Recovery Support members can read the article, "Is it normal for the anxiety symptoms to change, that is for one set of symptoms to dominate for a while and then to change to another set of symptoms?" in the Frequent Questions section (Chapter 10).

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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