Anxiety is a mental health disorder. When people think of anxiety, they think of worrying and stress. They think of fears and a feeling as though something is going to go wrong. Anxiety is seen in thoughts and actions.
But anxiety has a tremendous physical component, and one of the key contributors to those physical sensations is long term stress. Stress can have a tremendous impact on your health, and one of the most common conditions is feeling ill.
You may be coming down with a cold. You may be coming down with a serious disease. Or you may just have anxiety. It’s sometimes hard for people to believe that feeling ill can come from anxiety, but it’s a very real experience that affects many people.
Anxiety Can Cause Feelings of Illness
The stress from anxiety can cause feelings of very genuine sickness. These feelings often mimic the way illnesses make you feel. Your stomach can feel like it’s rumbling and you may even feel nauseated. Feeling sick may be a sign that you’ve fallen ill, but it can also be a clear sign of anxiety.
While feeling sick can be the only physical symptom of anxiety, there are often others. Take my 7 minute anxiety test to get an idea of what symptoms you have are the result of anxiety and what you can do to stop it.
Why Does Anxiety Cause a Sick Feeling?
In general, that sick feeling is caused by a number of different factors. Just a few of which include:
Standard Stress Response – Scientists believe that nausea, and some of the common feelings of illness, are the result of issues with serotonin and adrenaline, which go haywire when you’re suffering from anxiety. It’s likely that there is an evolutionary component, where during times of fear, your gut sends a message to your brain that you should be frightened using the feeling of nausea.
Gut and Abdominal Pressure – Anxiety also causes a great deal of pressure on the stomach and guts, including stomach acids, digestion, and more. All of these throw off the way your body processes food and waters, and can cause you to feel like someone is going wrong in your stomach.
Mild Illness – Your body fights off germs every day. Anxiety can weaken your immune system, increasing the risk of suffering from mild illness. This is much less common, but may contribute to a feeling of nausea and sickness.