Why do stress and anxiety cause physical symptoms?
Dr. Lindsey Harding provides an overview of how the central nervous system responds to stress and anxiety causing a multitude of symptoms and adverse effects.
When anxiety or panic occurs, our sympathetic nervous system takes over.
This impacts a hormone called cortisol, causing it to raise in a stress reaction. These raises in cortisol raise blood sugar. Overtime, this can lead to type 2 diabetes. Being in sympathetic mode also reduces the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from our food.
Anxiety impacts health status by down regulating our immune system. Anxiety also disrupts hormones and neurotransmitter production, leading to poor sleep, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, and many other symptoms.
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