Although anxiety can be a crippling mental health issue its symptoms are not limited to the emotional turmoil experiences by those who suffer from it. Anxiety can have a range of effects on all the senses of a person from how the brain interprets taste to phantom sounds and sensations over the body.
There are over 100 different symptoms that can be experienced from anxiety. Making everyone’s experience unique.
Symptoms of anxiety over senses
There is whats the eyes see which can trigger anxiety and there is what symptoms the eyes can experience as a result of anxiety. Triggers can be something relative to a fear of a suffer like being in a glass elevator when your afraid of heights, seeing a person who has caused some trauma or your scared, being in a room full of people etc these are things which can activate the fight or flight mode of the brain bringing on anxiety.
Anxiety can have some other effects on the eye. The increase of adrenaline can cause eyes to dilate or cause pressure on the eye. Theres also reports of tunnel vision, eye strain and blurred vision.
There is also some cases which there has been sensitivity to light and resulted in head aches.
There’s also some social issues experienced with vision. Eye contact with people can be a socially awkward experience as interactions with people can be a trigger. Sometimes even sunglasses are worn as a barrier so the person feels more comfortable with the interaction.
Sounds is an interesting one. Thinking of those scenes in a horror movie where a character is alone in a house and hears a sound like a creak or movement on floor boards in a house paints a picture of how anxiety and fear is fuelled by paranoia. This can be something that triggers an imagination of the worse possible scenario to go wild on what the sound could be. It plays on the brain and can terrify someone if there is a past traumatic event or even a trigger to a certain sound like a gun, explosion or certain type of vehicle.
There are also studies that show that anxiety can increase the appeared loadness of Tinnitus in the ears. There are some rare cases where there are reports of hearing voices.
Feeling & Touch –
Tingling sensations, numbness, burning prickling sensation, shooting spark sensations, tremors, spasms, twitching, rashes, itches, hives, shooting paints and lack of circulation to hands and feet causing them to be ice cold are some symptoms which effect the body. One of the most interesting ones I’ve come across that I’ve experienced that I had no idea that it was a symptom is Phantom Vibrations where you feel the sensation of you phone vibrating say in your jean pocket only to discover you don’t have your phone on you or it didn’t go off. This one has be said to be an attachment anxiety.
Smell– Phantom Smell
Another Phantom listing: Phantom Smell or Phantosmia is when smelling a smell that isn’t there. It can be a pleasant or unpleasant smell.
Anxiety can change your experience of what your tasting. It can alter what your taste buds are experiencing and translate tastes as more acidic, metallic or taste that feel off to what you remember.
In terms of how a persons balance can be effected is symptoms of vertigo and dizziness. Some people experience panic attacks where they black out and fall over. Also loosing control of co-ordination from overwhelming anxiety and high blood pressure can be experienced that affects balance.