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How to Deal with the Many Discomforts Caused by Anxiety

Henry Vyner, MD, Psychiatrist
How to Deal with the Many Discomforts Caused by Anxiety

Discomfort is a fairly broad term, but it's one of the main words that people use to describe what their anxiety symptoms are like. Anxiety discomfort is often difficult to explain. In some cases, the discomfort is more general, like a feeling that something is off. In other cases it's more specific, like back pain, neck pain, and so on.

In this article, we'll explore various types of discomfort and look at some of the links this discomfort has to anxiety.

Different Anxiety Disorders Create Different Discomfort

Despite falling under the header of "anxiety," each anxiety disorder is very different, and can create vastly different symptoms that may lead to different types of discomfort. 

Consider the following:

Describing discomfort can be very difficult, and occurs differently for each person. For some, it is pain, and the pain can be dull, sharp, or barely there but irritating. For others, it's a weird sensation - like feeling as though your leg needs to move or that your fingers are tingling. For others it's psychological, and the discomfort comes from the vague feeling like something is wrong.

Recognizing Your Anxiety Discomforts and Addressing Them Directly

The most important thing to do with the various discomforts that anxiety may bring your way is to identity them and learn to accept them. If you allow the uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety to upset you, they will become worse. Then you will have two problems: the original symptom that is causing the discomfort and the fear that you have of the of the symptom.

Take the time to make a list of the discomforts you have so that you can learn to recognize and accept them when they appear.

But once again, the best thing you can do for yourself, is to address the underlying problem of anxiety that is causing your discomforts. Meditate. Do a mindfulness training. Or go into therapy.

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