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How Anxiety Can Cause Drooling/Spitting

Faiq Shaikh, M.D.
How Anxiety Can Cause Drooling/Spitting

Anxiety has dozens of symptoms. But what is perhaps most interesting about anxiety is that sometimes those anxiety symptoms have their own symptoms - issues that are caused by the symptoms of your anxiety.

That's what we see with anxiety and drooling, along with general excessive saliva production. Anxiety doesn't generally cause severe drooling, but it can lead to increased amounts of saliva that is caused not directly from anxiety, but from a separate symptom of anxiety.

Anxiety and Excessive Drooling

Anxiety doesn't generally cause saliva to pour of your mouth. That's because your swallow reflex works, so often you'll swallow the saliva before it comes out of your mouth. Most people that drool do so because they can't swallow it and it builds up. If you truly cannot swallow and drool is pouring out your mouth, see a doctor.

There's never any harm in seeing a doctor, even though drooling itself is rarely dangerous. But anxiety can cause issues that may lead to the feeling of needing to drool, with excessive saliva that on some occasion may pour out of your mouth. These reasons include:

Remember that anxiety activates the fight or flight system in the body, and that means that some of the functions in your body are activated, while others shut down. So it's possible that your salivary glands are activated, or that some part of your body that controls salivation is shut down.

Drooling From Anxiety isn't Dangerous

Some people that have anxiety also don't have a drooling problem at all. But what they may have is greater consciousness over their natural drooling that occurred anyway. People drool when they sleep or doze off all the time, but if you have anxiety you may be more prone to embarrassment, which makes you think about your drooling and more aware of it.

Controlling your salivation is about first making sure you don't have a problem, like GERD, that may contribute to it. So make sure you see a doctor first if you're concerned.

Then the key to overcoming salivation is about distractions. Remember, it's generally a symptom of focusing too much on your saliva. So if you can distract your mind (which is admittedly hard) your salivation should decrease. That's why it's so important for you to find activities that are successfully distracting to your mind. Try talking on the phone, since talking on the phone is very difficult to do while still thinking about your saliva.

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