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What Anxiety Does to Your Body

Looking to understand what anxiety does to your body? The effects of anxiety on the mind are well known, with feelings of anxiousness and panic accompanying anxiety. What is less known, however, is what anxiety does to your body and how it can attack your body, with many associated risks if the problems are not treated. Chronic anxiety is a mental health disorder that can nevertheless have a large range of physical affects over time.

Chronic anxiety is often considered a mental health disorder when there is an increased worry about something that lasts for more than six months. One of the most common side effects of chronic anxiety is having trouble sleeping, with a lot of restless nights where worry either inhibits good sleep or stops sleep from happening altogether. Because sleep is such an important recharger for the body, this can have wide ranging long-term effects on the body.


Anxiety often triggers something called the fight-or-flight effect, where the body releases chemicals like adrenaline in anticipation of responding to an intense situation. If you constantly have an anxious or stressed feeling, eventually, your body might not return to a normal, functioning level of appropriate chemicals.

One side effect of this is that it can weaken the immune system, which could leave you susceptible to contracting a viral infection. Studies have shown that those suffering from a high rate of anxiety attacks are at a higher risk of COPD and higher rates of hospitalization. It may also make vaccines less effective. Studies from the Harvard Medical School have suggested there could be a link between high anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome.


High levels of stress and anxiety have often led to signs of clinical depression, especially if you begin to fear the anxiety attacks themselves. High stress levels coming from anxiety also lead to an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The bottom line is, chronic anxiety might seem like it’s not a big problem, but it is an illness that should not be underestimated, and treatment should be sought if it is something you are experiencing.

One solution is called TMS Therapy; an FDA approved treatment option for those suffering from depression or anxiety issues who have not experienced success with traditional anti-depression medicine. It is a treatment option that is performed in a doctor’s office under medical supervision. It is non-invasive and non-systemic, which means that no surgery is required and there is no medication that enters the bloodstream.

Physicians and staff at TMS Neuro Solutions put the needs of the patients first, focusing on finding the right solution for each individual’s needs. If you are suffering from anxiety problems and are ready to find a solution that is right for you, contact us today to learn more about what we offer. Don’t wait to get treated for your chronic anxiety until it’s too late, but take back control of your life!