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polaarbear t1_ixriwgv wrote

As an anxious person I always hear Morpheus explaining to Neo why his teeth are bleeding in the real world after he falls off the roof in the Matrix.

"The mind makes it real."

Anxiety can make you hear sounds, feel pain, feel itchy, all sorts of symptoms for ailments and problems that don't exist.


KnightRider1987 t1_ixstz1s wrote

What’s super fun is when you have an anxiety attack with all the clinical signs - heart thundering, dizzy, weird skin sensations, feel like your suffocating - all without being the tiniest bit emotionally bothered by something on a conscious level. During the peak of my life long an anxiety disorder in grad school this would happen because of the constant high level of stress and exhaustion I was experiencing. So it would feel like an average Tuesday except for the part where I felt like I was spinning straight off the face of the world.


AnOnlineHandle t1_ixtgr1d wrote

I could barely breath for a few weeks, got xrays and an asthma sprayer and everything, woke up breathless and panicking.

Then it went away when I finished a big work project, and it became clear that it had all been caused by anxiety. It's wild and not to be underestimated. Every few years I get some random pain which tends to go away after something stressful is finally finished. Some subconscious part of my brain just decides to over-fire and there's not much I can do about it except not stress about the stress response and make it worse. The worst thing is that it makes it harder to finish what is currently causing it.


scarsinsideme t1_ixtgwn2 wrote

I've been going through exactly that! It took me a while to figure out it was coming from anxiety because I didn't feel anxious


Sketch13 t1_ixrunpg wrote

I have health anxiety and it will literally manifest symptoms that testing shows as nothing. It's fucked. Stress and anxiety can cause all sorts of whack mental and physical changes.


JohnnyMojo t1_ixs9564 wrote

Modern testing also fails to properly catch and diagnose a lot of things too. Anxiety and high stress hormones usually go hand in hand and over time, high stress hormones usually promote the development of disease and illness.


Gloriathewitch t1_ixspbka wrote

Also they degrade the immune system as well as a result of that.

a lot of people assume that means they will get the flu more often, but what it actually means is if you're predisposed to something like crohns or lupus, it might activate. Truly terrifying stuff.

Stress is a killer Is a true and real quote


carbonclasssix t1_ixt6m9s wrote

I'm so terrified stress is going to do me in eventually that I'm starting to take meditation really seriously. Even 15 minutes is magical and I haven't found any other way to destress besides exercise. It blows my mind medicine doesn't have more to say about that, my doctor is pretty much like "don't do the stressful things" I'm like ok yeah I'll just quit my job and live off the inheritance I don't have.


manderrx t1_ixthwor wrote

I can tell I'm getting too stressed out when my eczema flares. Same happens with my mom's lupus.

It for sure is, never mind if someone has cardiovascular issues.


TacoTornadoes t1_ixstpqe wrote

I have anxiety and depression and I recently started having issues with vertigo, tremors, and nerve damage. I'm wondering if that could be the case with me. Haven't had much testing done, thanks VA, to know much yet.


skyHawk3613 t1_ixt6zqn wrote

What kind of symptoms will manifest with your health anxiety?


manderrx t1_ixthr94 wrote

I do as well, and it seriously is. Furthermore, the non-stop self-monitoring for any little thing that could possibly be major illness. Mine is based upon my actual pre-existing/chronic conditions, and it always feels like I'm on alert for something to go wrong.

Probably the worst part of anxiety is that always feeling "on" part of it.


Booomerz t1_ixt0x9i wrote

If a person believes a situation to be real it will be real in its consequences. Think of hysterical pregnancy. That’s a Durkheim quote I think…


youreuglyasfu t1_ixutlv5 wrote

Yup. I’m 24 and have already had a colonoscopy and endoscopy because my anxiety has such convincing physical symptoms. They’ve found nothing of concern in both cases, but the feeling is still there. Messed up!


Hmz_786 t1_ixs9edb wrote

Phobias of bugs is a big one


TargetSignificant856 t1_ixrq0jh wrote

The multiverse affects your consciousness in this reality.


Darkrush85 t1_ixrtfme wrote

Reality is not a marvel film


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Darkrush85 t1_ixs90sr wrote

There is a lack of evidence of other universes in our reality for one, and two I find it funny you assume I’m religious and the most strawman version of a religious person at that, when the reality is we still have so little understand of our universe, we have made great strides, but to claim evidence of a multiverse is as “real” as evidence of a God because that would require evidence and a complete change in how we perceive time, space and of reality itself.


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BrandoCalrissian1995 t1_ixsln7h wrote

Probably cuz you're in a r/science where it's supposed to be serious discussion and not jokes. And good job falling back on the old "i was just joking bro" excuse. Never fails.