12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety may start in the mind, but it often manifests itself in the body through physical symptoms, like chronic digestive problems. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition characterized by stomachaches, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhea, "is basically an anxiety in the digestive tract," Winston says.
IBS isn't always related to anxiety, but the two often occur together and can make each other worse. The gut is very sensitive to psychological stressand, vice versa, the physical and social discomfort of chronic digestive problems can make a person feel more anxious.
Next: Stage fright
De–stress your life, sleep better, and conquer depression with the latest news and insights on mood management, plus special offers.