Does anxiety cause numbness?

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asked May 13 in Mental Health by needanapIdo (940 points)
Does anxiety cause numbness?

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answered May 17 by lassmith (2,190 points)
Anxiety can and does sometimes cause numbness in some people.

Anxiety causes numbness because during the moments of panic, your blood vessels constrict, which increases your heart rate and blood pressure.

As a result of this it then reduces blood flow to different body parts which are the hands and feet in particular potentially causing tingling, numbness, or a cold feeling.

Fear and Anxiety are similar but they are different.

Although people with anxiety may also experience fear.

Fear is a known or understood threat, and anxiety occurs from an unknown or poorly defined threat.

The best way to calm down anxiety and calm down when you're having a panic attack is to try to relax and breath slowly.

If you have a paper bag you can breathe into the paper bag which can help with anxiety and panic attacks and try rocking back and forth which can calm you as well.

Count to 10 slowly and try holding onto a pillow or Teddy Bear.

Limit Alcohol and Caffeine as much as possible as the Caffeine and alcohol can sometimes trigger panic attacks.

Anxiety can cause you to wake up gasping for air.

I suffer from anxiety myself and sometimes during the middle of the night I'll have a panic attack and then I will wake up and start gasping for air.

I asked my doctor about it and he said it was normal.

Yes anxiety can cause you to wake up gasping for air.

When you have anxiety and suffer a panic attack during the night it can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble breathing.

Gasping for air when you have anxiety and a panic attack is normal and it's usually nothing to worry about unless it gets worse.

The best thing you can do is just try to calm down and if possible breathe into a paper bag which helps some people.

If you do feel like you're actually having trouble breathing then call 911 just to be safe.

Although most times the panic attack will go away and you'll start breathing normally within a few minutes of calming down and relaxing.

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