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Is it possible for anxiety to cause physical symptoms without causing the person to "feel" anxious? Experiencing paresthesia, but all tests are norml

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Dr. Grant Brenner
Psychiatry
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In brief: Yes

They are generally diagnoses of exclusion, meaning you make quite sure it isn't something else, but there are a number of situations in which people experience physical symptoms essentially instead of emotion.
There is better neuroscience on this nowadays, but still early. Called: conversion, psychogenic, somatic, somatoform dissociation, etc. Numbness and tingling is common with panic also.

In brief: Yes

They are generally diagnoses of exclusion, meaning you make quite sure it isn't something else, but there are a number of situations in which people experience physical symptoms essentially instead of emotion.
There is better neuroscience on this nowadays, but still early. Called: conversion, psychogenic, somatic, somatoform dissociation, etc. Numbness and tingling is common with panic also.
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Anxiety or anxiety will often cause a change in parasympathetic nervous system tone and this can be the mechanism for paresthesias.

In brief: Yes

Anxiety or anxiety will often cause a change in parasympathetic nervous system tone and this can be the mechanism for paresthesias.
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