A person with health anxiety will often misinterpret non-serious physical symptoms and attribute them to something more serious especially during a pandemic. Some symptoms produced by anxiety can include muscle pain, chest pain, heart rate changes, headaches, and dizziness. This can heighten existing anxiety.
While there are millions of individuals dealing with chronic conditions, it is rare to hear anyone talking about it. Many people don’t want to burden the people around them with their pain or illness, and chronic pain can be difficult to talk about and especially hard to understand. Many times they find it isn’t worth talking about.
It’s not hard to understand why panic and anxiety attacks have become conflated. They have enough symptoms in common that the lines can become blurred, even for the sufferer. What is the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack? WE explain in this post.