How to tell if you have coronavirus or just anxiety

In current circumstances and in the midst of a pandemic, now that de-escalation has begun, it is normal not wanting to trust and fear of catching sometime. Also, as spring has arrived, it is not uncommon to experience an allergy and mistake it for something more serious. They are many and very diverse lThe symptoms of COVID-19, and considering that they change so much from one person to another, fear seems to always be there.

The times are certainly given to stress and fear. Not only are we worried about what the future and the new normal will be like, but there are thousands of doubts in the air that we have not yet been able to resolve and we will not know when we will. Vaccines, possible illnesses, jobs or lack of them, closed schools … it is normal feel anxious occasionally.

And strange as it may sound, is it possible to confuse coronavirus symptoms with anxiety? It really isn't that crazy. People who tend to suffer from chronic anxiety often believe that they will die. They experience difficulty breathing, tremors, or excessive sweating, which can easily go through symptoms of COVID-19. In such a situation, how to distinguish them?

What is anxiety

Let's go by parts. Anxiety or panic attacks are a failure of the parasympathetic nervous system during which triggers a "fight" or "flight" response against himself. He is responsible for our emotions, which occur when the brain stimulates electrical impulsesThat is, when you feel sad or angry, it is because this nervous system mentioned above is creating them. Is a survival mechanismFor example, if we see a tiger among some bushes, we feel fear, which is what will make us run away. If someone yells at us we will get angry and respond the same way, it is the way that our brain has to guarantee that we live.

Some symptoms of anxiety such as diarrhea, muscle tension, or shortness of breath may be confused with those of the coronavirus

Panic attacks (and all anxiety attacks) are simply a nervous system failure to regulate your emotions appropriately. It is normal to be afraid when the tiger comes for you, but not when you must go to a party. They can occur on their own or as symptom of another diagnosis (bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress, etc.), but still pathology it will always be the same. In other words, whatever diagnosis you have, the attack will always be the same.

The symptoms that come from these attacks are the following:

  • Feeling of fear and nerves
  • Obsessive and uncontrollable thoughts
  • Irrational behaviors, such as rituals
  • Excessive sweating or numbness of hands or feet
  • Difficulty breathing, hyperventilation
  • Chest pain or heart palpitations
  • Dry mouth, nausea, dizziness
  • Fatigue easily
  • Difficult to focus; mind goes blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Diarrhea or irritable colon

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Loss of appetite as well as smell and taste
  • Runny nose and sore throat
  • In some cases diarrhea and skin rashes

As you can see, some anxiety symptoms like diarrhea, muscle tension or shortness of breath can be confused, and then we can enter a vicious circle of anxiety caused by our own brain. According Dr. Ilene Strauss In 'Psychology Today', there is something that will always give you the key: fever. "Although anxiety can cause a fever in some cases, it is very rare. People with COVID-19 usually have a fever in addition to coughing and shortness of breath; anxiety does not cause cough, is another important distinction, "he says.

Also, when a person you experience a panic attack, which includes breathing difficulties, generally lasts only 20 to 30 minutes. Keep in mind that feeling anxious is normal right now, and before you rush in and believe you have the virus, study the symptoms. Relaxation, meditation and breathing exercises can always help, and if you find it necessary, put yourself in the hands of a professional.