Question by  Rose (6804)

How are anxiety and swallowing related?


Answer by  Bob53 (414)

Difficulty swallowing can be a symptom of anxiety. An anxious person may have a fear of choking or feel like there is constantly a lump that is stuck in their throat.


Answer by  elb (1105)

Anxiety sometimes causes the throat to become tight. You might feel a lump in your throat, or like you are choking. Swallowing becomes difficult.


Answer by  kezza (23)

When a person feels anxious they can often experience difficulty in swallowing. It can cause a choking feeling. It feels like something is stuck in your throat. Your throat muscles tense up and it can feel like if you actually do swallow you will choke.


Answer by  jheremans (1446)

When you are nervous the the brain stimulates your sympathetic response, this response triggers certain areas of your body to work double such as palpitations, perspiration, and secretion of saliva.


Answer by  ncdaisygirl (175)

When a person becomes anxious or has a panic attack, then tend to inhale and swallow more, which can lead to hyperventilation. A person needs to work to slow their breathing.


Answer by  Megan55 (18)

Anxiety is a mental state where a person has an unpleasant feeling where they are worried about something. People who have severe anxiety have side effects such as difficulty swallowing.


Answer by  Al83 (21)

When a person is in an anxiety the frequency of his swallowing increases. It is so because heartbeat becomes more frequent.


Answer by  Jessie124 (1885)

Many times when you are anxious you get dry mouthed. Conversely, you might swallow more. This in turn can feed into the anxiety you are feeling. Try to take some deep breaths, and if you can walk away for a few moments, do so.

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