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6 Common Symptoms of a Mild Anxiety Attack

Author: Robbie T. James

Having mild anxiety attacks can be very disruptive to your life, especially if you get them often. An anxiety, or panic, attack is something that thousands of people experience every day. While people do not often talk about their having experienced these attacks, they are actually quite a common occurrence for many people.

Some of the symptoms of an anxiety attack are so mild that you may not be sure you are really having this type of problem or whether you are experiencing something completely unrelated.

If you think you may be having anxiety attacks now and again but aren't completely sure, see whether you have any of the following 6 common symptoms of a mild anxiety attack:

1. You have blurred vision

The onset of an attack can start slowly, almost unnoticeably. You may start noticing small changes to the way you feel, such as having slightly blurred vision and the inability to concentrate on what you are doing. This might be accompanied by feelings of being restless or antsy.

2. You feel a tightness in the chest

As the attack starts to get more powerful, you may also feel a general tightness in your chest. This will not be nearly as acute as what someone feels when they are having a heart attack. Rather, it feels like someone or something is constricting your chest a bit - and you may also feel like you are having trouble breathing.

3. Your heart races much faster than usual

A few more minutes into the attack and you notice that your heart is racing faster and faster. This may feel odd to you, especially if it happens when you were not doing any particular exercises, jogging, or even walking fast. The strange feeling that your heart is racing faster without a good reason can also make you feel worried or nervous, which can add to your condition in a vicious cycle.

4. You have trouble focusing on your responsibilities

At this point in the attack, you start to really have trouble focusing on anything that requires balanced attention, such as driving, studying, working or taking care of children. This can be a frustrating aspect of these attacks, because nobody likes to feel that a condition like this can have so much control that it distracts them from performing their duties properly.

5. Your thoughts race uncontrollably

Another common symptom is that your thoughts start racing out of control. You may have the continuous thought during the attack that you are going to have a seizure or otherwise lose control. While these fears are almost always completely unfounded for sufferers of these attacks, feeling this way can still be very scary at the time.

6. Afterward, you feel exhausted

A final symptom is the way you feel once the attack is over - exhausted. Anxiety attacks can drain the energy out of you, making you feel like you just ran a marathon or read a thick novel in a single afternoon.

If three or more of these common symptoms sound familiar, you may be having the occasional mild attack. You owe it to yourself to find out how to stop them from happening, once and for all.

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10 Responses to Anxiety Blurred Vision

  1. Eddie says:

    Which mental illness causes blurred vision: anxiety or psychosis?
    Anxiety or psychosis. Or maybe both can cause blurred vision. Thanks in advance.

    • Anonymous says:

      I never heard of that, blurred vision is physical. It would take a HUGE and delusional psychosis to make you think you can’t see properly. If there are psycosomatic symptoms that severe I would think vision would not be the only thing going on!
      Something physical is more likely.

  2. las726 says:

    Can anxiety cause blurred vision and worsen dyslexia?
    I have this problem with major anxiety!

    • TheEyeGuy says:

      Yes, there is a very powerful tool that can help with emotional imbalances. It is called EFT or emotional freedom techniques. You can find out about it at . It is very powerful at neutralizing emotional imbalances in anxiety, addictions, and phobias. The website has a free down loadable manual that explains all about it and they even list local professional practitioners for extra support. This tool is very powerful because it allows you to remove the emotional imbalances that cause these problems without having to rehash the past over and over again. You also don’t have to have everything hinging on your will power.

  3. anonymous says:

    can any std’s give u dpresseion, anxiety, blurred vision, tired and just overall make u feel down????
    if so what ones!!
    and what other symptom
    ones tht goe on in ur vagina too

    • Britt ♥'s her boyfriend! says:

      Anxiety, Depression, Post Trauma stress, OCD and all other psychological disorders can cause worry upon sexual acts and even after sexual acts especially if you ever hear or felt like you regret what you had done after the fact. Also, if one contracts a STD or any health problem in general may can cause anxiety, depression and other pyschological disorders because they may feel they are not as healthy as they used to be or they wonder why it happened to them to cause them to have a disease or illness. Even medications can contribute to their problem. Do remember, it is HIGHLY common of those who suffer with depression and anxiety. I, myself, suffer from it due to a traumatic situation (rape) that happened to me. But as times goes by, after speaking with a therapist, I am doing so much better than ever.

      Infact, I was convinced that I had HIV due to symptoms because of the rape. After numerous visits to my doctor and other doctors, speaking to a pyschiatrist on a regular basis.. after a long period of waiting for my HIV test (the window period), I turned out to be HIV NEGATIVE after all the symptoms. I am fairly happy now, but I know what is it like to feel like there is something wrong, then you become depressed and nervous because you have no idea, you may feel like the doctors won’t help you, and you just find yourself going insane. But do remember, worrying, anxiety, depression is not going to do much because you will still have to wait and find out.

      A STD test and/or HIV test is the only way to know if your symptoms are caused by the infection/disease itself or NOT.
      But your symptoms that you described sounds like classic symptoms of anxiety. Do remember, the test is the only way to find out. We cannot really based symptoms on anything.

  4. yessika g says:

    can anxiety cause blurred vision?
    i have had an anxiety disorder for years, recently the symptoms have become much worse. painful muscle tension, constant worry, dull headaches, and now my vision has been blurred for about 2 weeks. went to doctor, neurologist, etc. everything checked out ok.

    • PURR GIRL TORI says:

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. :o( I too suffer from anxiety disorder and depression. I am looking after my elderly parents at the moment, and let me tell you, it’s Stress City. ( I love my parents so much and I will help them with anything they need me to do…but it is stressful) What sort of anti anxiety meds are you taking, if I may ask? Some benzodiazapines like Xanax, Valium, and Ativan do cause blurred vision and a loss of case you are taking those. BUT, experiencing an almost crushing anxiety disorder for years (to the point where it’s sometimes difficult for me to leave my apartment) I do think your anxiety disorder might be the cause. Another tip. You mentioned having painful muscle tension, dull headaches- well, I am on this new anti depressant called Cymbalta. It actually helps the physical pain some depressed people experience. I really have had a lot of luck with this, and maybe you might want to ask your doctor about it. I’ve been on almost every anti depressant under the sun, and this has been the best one I’ve tried so far. I wish I had some more suggestions for you. Also, maybe you should see an ophthalmologist just to check out what might be going on with your blurred vision. Something to think about, anyway. Good luck to you.

  5. Barney™ says:

    Can anxiety cause blurred vision in one eye?

    I am 16 yrs old and have 20/20 vision. But i’ve noticed that when only looking through one eye(my left) it is worse than my right eye vision. It seems more blurred in my left.

    • Britter says:


      This doesn’t sound like an anxiety issue either.

      What you need to understand is that your eye doctor (optometrist) gives you the beset possible vision you can have when you have BOTH EYES open. Because that is what you use 99% of the time! You don’t walk around using one eye, do you? So what does it matter that your left eye is “worse” than your right eye?

      As long as you are seeing 20/20 together with both eyes, that’s all that is important to you.

      This is the case for many people; this is normal.

      But if you are really really concerned about it, you can make an eye appointment with your eye doctor to get it checked out.

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