symptoms are a complex interaction of mind and body
symptoms have 3 components:
These would be feelings
nervousness, fear, dread
or apprehension and
or feelings of impending
Your body's response to the "cognitive" component of fear,
apprehension and worry is to prepare itself for the "uncertain danger"
that you have sensed, by the initiation of something called the fight
or flight response
When the body senses danger, your autonomic nervous system, which is
responsible for maintaining normal balances of chemicals in your body,
is stimulated to release additional chemicals
as a response to brain signals.
then cause physiological changes
which prepare your body for "combat" or sudden action.
The fight or flight response can cause the following :
- increased blood pressure
- rapid/increased heart beat
- pupillary dilation
- pale skin
- dry mouth
- faster breathing
- chest pains
- desire to urinate
These symptoms present themselves in varying intensities in different
types of attacks such as panic
compulsive disorder(OCD, social
Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)
Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
The part of our brain which is responsible for creating and
perpetuating the inappropriate "fear response" to certain situations is
called the amygdala.
Learn more about the amygdala
and how poor nutrition can play a role in exacerbating these symptoms.