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I Get Physically Sick When I Become Anxious

by Anon

I have just completed another year of college. The last few weeks were extremely stressful with exams and essays, and then a close relative of mine died. Now I've moved back to my house, and unpacking everything from my apartment is proving difficult because I have sinus infection/stress from everything else.

In about a month I am traveling to the Middle East and the looming trip is becoming particularly daunting. I love to travel, and I love flying. However my brain tells me that I ought to be terrified and so as a result whenever I have anxiety, I get this constant sensation of nausea. Usually once I get this feeling it's guaranteed I'll throw up.

This vomiting symptom I get is awful, and it prevents me from doing the things I want to do in life, and I don't know what to do anymore.

Do you know what causes this? I've talked to many people with anxiety, but never anyone who throws up every time they have a panic attack.


As with any medical condition there is never a quick simple answer and so it is impossible for me to provide you with all the answers you require via the Internet.

What I can say is that I suffered from panic attacks for many years when I was in my late teens and I know just how awful it can be. I never threw up instead I just thought I was going to pass out every time.

There are several things going on here causing your anxiety.

Firstly during your teen years etc your body is going through major changes and this includes your brain. Chemicals surging around often creating highs and lows and for some people these highs can feel like anxiety. The chemicals involved increase your heart rate, breathing etc and these are what causes panic attacks. understanding what panic attacks actually are is your first step to beating them, once you realize it is just a chemical reaction you will find that this knowledge in itself will start to help you overcome them. Please read my page here for more on this

One of the main things you need to do is to take control of your breathing when you are having a panic attack. This in itself will help to stop the attack, a relaxed body cannot also be panicky it is impossible. You need to practice these breathing exercises even when you are not having an attack, the better you become at them the more effective and quicker they will work for you. Please see her for how to do this

It sounds to me like you need to build into your life some me time. This is so important and one that most of us forget to do. Your body needs to recharge to be able to cope with life's stresses.

My site is full of stress relief techniques which help people to manage stress and lead a more relaxed life, please take a look through them.

Perhaps start with these pages

Panic attacks start in the mind and unfortunately we as you know can be our own worst enemy for triggering them. But please do not worry, when I thought my life would always be filled will panic I could see no light at the end of the tunnel. But there is and I haven't had an attack for over 20 years now.

Best wishes and enjoy your trip, it sounds very exciting.

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