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Anxiety and chronic painAAnxiety and chronic painAnxiety and chronic painEnglishAdolescent;Pain/AnaesthesiaTeen (13-18 years);Adult (19+)NANervous systemConditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years) Adult (19+)NA2016-05-02T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentStudy





Anxiety and chronic pain3325.00000000000Anxiety and chronic painAnxiety and chronic painAEnglishAdolescent;Pain/AnaesthesiaTeen (13-18 years);Adult (19+)NANervous systemConditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years) Adult (19+)NA2016-05-02T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentStudy​​<figure> <img alt="anxious teen girl outside class" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/PST_ICCP_teen_girl_anxious_group_EN.jpg" /> </figure> <p>Anxiety is an unpleasant state of feeling nervous, worried, fearful or uneasy about something that has not yet happened. It can also cause physical symptoms such as a faster heartbeat, lack of appetite or sweaty palms.</p><p>Everyone feels anxious at certain times in their life. For example, you might feel anxiety about an upcoming exam or job interview. These anxieties are normal. Anxiety becomes a concern if it lasts for a period of time (usually at least a month) and starts to interfere with your daily function and enjoyment of life.</p><h2>Chronic pain and anxiety</h2><p>The experience of chronic pain can lead to anxious thoughts such as: “Will my pain ever go away?”, “How will I catch up with all the school or work that I missed?” or “Will other people treat me differently because of my pain?”. </p><p>When we become anxious, our brains and bodies go into “alarm mode” – we experience shortness of breath and muscle tension, and often have the urge to escape the situation. All of these factors can actually make pain worse. </p><h2>Common signs and symptoms of anxiety</h2><ul><li>Trouble sleeping</li><li>Poor appetite</li><li>Increased heartbeat</li><li>Sweating</li><li>Dry mouth</li><li>Feeling of nervousness</li><li>Avoiding situations that make you anxious (for example social situations or specific activities)</li><li>Being pre-occupied by negative thoughts</li></ul><h2>​Sources</h2><p>Jovanovic, M., & Monga, S. (2016) <em><a target="_blank" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=18&language=Englishx">Anxiety: Overview​</a></em>. AboutKidsHealth.ca [Accessed April 25, 2016]​<br></p>