Can constant anxiety make you sick?

Do you ever feel like your mind is in a constant state of chaos, running through every possible worst-case scenario? Do simple everyday activities send you into a tailspin of worry and irrational fear? Well, join the club. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders out there, affecting millions upon millions of people around the world.

But while it’s true that anxiety can be frustrating and debilitating on its own, could it also lead to physical illness down the road? It’s a question that many researchers have been trying to answer for years – so let’s take a closer look at what they’ve found.

What Is Anxiety?

Before we dive into whether anxiety can make you sick, let’s first define exactly what we mean by “anxiety.” Essentially, anxiety refers to feelings of nervousness or worry about something in particular – usually something future-oriented. While it can manifest itself differently from person to person (some might experience sweating or shaking hands; others might just feel an overwhelming sense of dread), the important thing to note here is that everyone experiences some form of anxiety from time-to-time.

However, when this feeling starts interfering with day-to-day life (i.e.,, making it difficult to go outside or engage in social interactions) then individuals start crossing over into territory where their symptoms may become detrimental both mentally and physically.

The Connection Between Mind And Body

It goes without saying that our minds are some pretty powerful things. From causing positive changes like elevating mood when we’re happy: facilitating focus as needed during high energy task completion sessions- even occasionally pushing us forward when times get especially exhausting (you know – those rare moments when all else fails); our brains hold almost-unlimited potential for shaping overall emotional well-being (+) much more…however our human natures also present periods where these same faculties steer things completely southwards. The practice of mindfulness and meditation can be powerful tools in combating the debilitating effects that anxiety can bring, as they help us to stay more present and centered in times of stress.

Can Anxiety Make You Sick?

So now that we’re all on the same page about what anxiety is, let’s get to the real question here – can it make you sick? According to recent research, it just might. In fact, studies have shown that individuals who experience high levels of anxiety are actually at greater risk for a number of different physical ailments over time.

Specifically…you guessed it — stress! 1) Headaches (we’ve all been there), 2) High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease- yikes, 3) Digestive issues (fun) such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)-; insomnia resulting from an inability to switch off racing thoughts due to increased cortisol production; Compromised immune system health (usually related with prolonged periods/life habits) (+)

Breaking Down The Biology Of Anxiety And Its Relation To Illness:

### Cortisol

Our lovely body has its very own system built-in specifically designed for taking care of business during higher-anxiety moments: fight or flight response((parasympathetic vs sympathetic nervous systems). When our brains perceive a threat type scenario incoming as imminent based upon environmental signals presented- this triggers several key hormone releases including adrenaline which helps pump up heart-rate along with cortisol being dumped into our bloodstream.

Cortisol is known as ‘the stress hormone’, since our bodies produce more than usual during periods where heightened awareness/ sense-of-danger are perceived(through varying senses).

However consistent exposure leads to causes problems: these side-effects may include weight gain(specifically abdominal area,) weaker(erased ‘morning’) circadian rhythms disrupted sleep patterns(which exacerbate daytime impairments [:+)]), and even autoimmune disorders(!).


Another key factor contributing to anxiety-related illness is inflammation. When our bodies experience stress or discomfort over extended periods, this often leads to an increase in inflammatory response throughout the body.

This can bring a wide range of different health problems: everything from joint pain to respiratory issues can be caused by excessive inflammation (crosslink cite) .

Other specific correlaries have been studied, including the connection between anxiety/depression-and-inflammation which has shown evidence inclination; chronic mast cell activation syndrome among those struggling with anxiety-induced reactions that cause allergy-like symptoms as well as prolonged limb fatigue coupled with dizziness (revisit cortisol).


In conclusion – to answer our original question, unfortunately it seems like yes — constant anxiety really CAN make you sick. While everyone experiences feelings of nervousness or worry at some point in their lives, consistent exposure leads down unhealthy paths resulting in mental-or-physical degeneration(≠)}.

However (+) there are plenty of tools out there for managing these symptoms and helping maintain overall emotional (and physical!) wellbeing. Whether through mindfulness techniques like meditation or more active interventions such as medication , therapy–it’s important that individuals dealing with chronic ‘worry-flare ups’ should seek professional help if natural methods cannot deliver needed relief . Just remember however harsh life might seem at times : it always finds a strange way of working itself out – therefore allow yourself time towards seeing things through instead of worrying continually about what has yet occurred :).

By now you’re probably not surprised but here we are again with another annoyingly informational guidance filled article telling you something else to avoid 😅

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