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Overview: What Do Fear And Anxiety Feel Like?

When you feel frightened or seriously anxious, your mind and body work very quickly. These are some of the things that might happen:

  • Your heart beats very fast – maybe it feels irregular
  • You breathe very fast
  • Your muscles feel weak
  • You sweat a lot
  • Your stomach churns or your bowels feel loose
  • You find it hard to concentrate on anything else
  • You feel dizzy
  • You feel frozen to the spot
  • You can’t eat
  • You have hot and cold sweats
  • You get a dry mouth
  • You get very tense muscles

The following article is reposted courtesy of Popular Science for preservation and continued access by our audience. The original article can be viewed here.

When Fear Strikes It Affects Your Whole Body

This is something that affects almost all romance scam victims, especially those that sent money to a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.. Even more so if it is a large amount – one that will profoundly affect your life and future because of its loss.

Fright in the flesh.

Alarm strikes your body within seconds of recognizing a threat. Here’s what’s going down.

1. Amygdala

Before you consciously process a problem, this almond-shaped brain region activates and begins to amp up the sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight response.

[see our article on Amygdala Hijack for additional information]

2. Hippocampus and Frontal Cortex

The rational centers of our brain kick in, analyzing whether the perceived visual or auditory input shows a true danger.

3. Cardiovascular System

Stress hormones increase your heartbeat and breathing rate while dilating the tiny airways in your lungs. This allows more oxygen to reach your muscles.

4. Endocrine Glands

Signals from the Amygdala hit the Hypothalamus, which starts a cascade of activity throughout the endocrine system. The result: a surge of adrenaline and cortisol.

5. Gastrointestinal System

Fear really can make you poop your pants. That and retching may be side effects of shrinking blood vessels in the GI tract—diverting resources to give you strength.

6. Musculoskeletal System

Endocrine signals push glucose and other energy-storing molecules out of reserve and into the blood, which rushes in to fue