How does anxiety affect health?

Celeste Robb-Nicholson
Internal Medicine
Anxiety plays a role in somatoform disorders, which are characterized by physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, weakness, or dizziness that have no apparent physical cause. It has also been implicated in several chronic physical illnesses, including heart disease, chronic respiratory disorders, and gastrointestinal conditions. When people with these disorders have untreated anxiety, the disease itself is more difficult to treat, their physical symptoms often become worse, and in some cases they die sooner.
Todd Farchione, PhD
Chronic or constant anxiety can be detrimental to health over time, due to increased levels of cortisol in the body. In this video, psychologist Todd Farchione, PhD, explains how chronic anxiety can lead to increased risk for more health issues. 

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