What Are The Effects Of Anxiety On The Body?

Respiratory system

Anxiety causes rapid, shallow breathing. If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may be at an increased risk of hospitalization from anxiety-related complications. Anxiety can also make asthma symptoms worse.

Other effects

Anxiety disorder can cause other symptoms, including:

  • headaches
  • muscle tension
  • insomnia
  • depression
  • social isolation

If you have PTSD, you may experience flashbacks, reliving a traumatic experience over and over. You might get angry or startle easily, and perhaps become emotionally withdrawn. Other symptoms include nightmares, insomnia, and sadness.