What Is Anxiety Nausea And How Do You Cope?

Updated April 30, 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by the fear of things to come or the unexpected in general that you find yourself overwhelmed with physical sickness? Does your anxiety cause nausea or other burdensome symptoms?

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Many people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experience many symptoms, both mental and physical, due to the stress of anxiety.

If you’ve been living with an anxiety disorder for a while, you may be familiar with the feeling of a panic attack; however, you may not realize that chronic anxiety can cause other physical responses that may be mistaken for other illnesses.

Today, we will look at the symptoms of anxiety nausea (sometimes known as gut anxiety). Then we will explore anxiety nausea’s causes, treatments, and therapy options.

Identifying Anxiety-Induced Nausea

Nausea can be caused by many different illnesses and conditions, making it difficult to identify where your illness is stemming from. Unfortunately, anxiety and nausea can go hand in hand. The best method for recognizing gut anxiety is knowing and looking for additional symptoms of anxiety.

Recognizing these symptoms can assist you in making an assessment based on symptom quantity and consistency, which ultimately helps you determine what is causing your nausea.

Some common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Inability to relax or unwind
  • Unrealistic or excessive worry
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Rapid pulse or pounding, skipping, racing heart (anxiety attack)
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Feeling a “lump in the throat.”
  • Dry mouth
  • Irregular breathing not caused by physical exertion
  • Feelings of dread, apprehension, or losing control
  • Trembling or shaking, sweating or chills
  • Fainting or dizziness, feelings of detachment or disassociation
  • Intrusive thoughts that cause distress or impairment

If you are experiencing nausea in addition to multiple other anxiety symptoms, you may be suffering from anxiety-induced nausea.

How does Anxiety Cause Nausea?

To understand why anxiety causes nausea, we must first look at what nausea is.

Nausea is a physical response in your body caused by illness, mental distress or disorder, or other issues. Effectively, it is your body telling you something isn’t right.

It may be that your body is telling you that you’ve eaten something it doesn’t think is safe or that you have contracted a stomach virus. However, in the case of anxiety-induced nausea, your body responds to the other symptoms of anxiety, which can cause you to take on a high level of physical strain.

Severe anxiety is often a cause of nausea, and if you feel that your anxiety is inducing physical illness, it may be time for you to consider seeking treatment.

Treatments to Ease Anxiety Nausea

You may worry that if you can’t get rid of anxiety, you can’t get rid of anxiety-nausea. However, proper treatment of anxiety can greatly reduce or eliminate nausea.

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The treatments for anxiety nausea are basically the same as treatments for anxiety in general. However, the intensity of your treatment may vary depending on how severe your symptoms affect your life.

Anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses may respond well to one of these three popular treatment options – meditation, therapy, and other treatment options. Let’s take a look at some of what each of these treatments for anxiety includes.

Meditation

Anxiety and stress are two different problems that can affect a person, but stress is often a trigger for anxiety. That is why meditation is so popular among sufferers of anxiety – it treats anxiety, stress, and symptoms caused by both.

Meditation is the practice of calming and redirecting your thoughts to overcome stress, intrusive thoughts, and other issues closely related to anxiety. Some people who practice meditation even claim to be able to overcome physical pain.

There are many places to learn meditation. Many spas include yoga and meditation classes, and some even specialize in meditation for stress and anxiety. You can even master meditation at home with the help of freely available resources online.

Therapy

Therapy is incredibly useful for disorders that cause mental strain. Anxiety can often be caused by triggers and behavior that can be redirected, understood, and overcome with the help of a therapist.

The type of nausea that starts in your gut – anxiety-induced nausea – can profoundly impair your life. Though you can get medicine to treat anxiety nausea, only treating anxiety symptoms can feel tedious and unfruitful for many patients.

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Many feel that using therapy to find the root cause of anxiety and the best treatment options is vital for overall quality of life.

Supplementing with Nausea Remedies

Treating or even curing anxiety is a process. Overcoming the disorder comes with patience and perseverance, and it can be frustrating to deal with anxiety symptoms as you work through treatments to find what works for you.

That is why some choose to supplement their anxiety treatments with homeopathic or over-the-counter nausea treatments.

Many of these treatments are the same used by pregnant women when they suffer from hormone-induced nausea.

  1. Consume Ginger Many nausea sufferers swear by the therapeutic effects of ginger. Whether you consume it through candy form, as ginger ale, or by adding a little to your favorite tea, you might see immense relief from active nausea.
  2. Try Peppermint Similar to ginger; many people claim to find relief from nausea by drinking peppermint tea or sucking on a peppermint candy. The important thing is that the item is very fragrant because it is supposedly the smell of peppermint that curbs nausea. So, if you prefer the taste of peppermint to ginger, this might be a good choice for you.
  3. Other Spices for Nausea Other spices claimed to heal nausea through consumption are Fennel powder, cinnamon, and cumin.

Can Chronic Anxiety Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder be Cured?

There are many different reasons someone may develop anxiety.

In general, people with anxiety may be able to find a cure. For instance, hormone-triggered anxiety (including postpartum anxiety) is intense, overwhelming, and dangerous. After consistent medical treatment and therapy, Sill often finds that their anxiety fades and does not return.

Some anxiety disorders may be lifelong issues. Anxiety is a tricky and complicated disorder with many different forms. You may suffer from a social anxiety disorder, health anxiety, anxiety caused by a traumatic experience, anxiety caused by stress, generalized anxiety, or more.

The many different causes of anxiety can make it difficult to pinpoint a specific medicine or treatment to stop symptoms permanently. However, the good news is research has found many useful, long-term coping mechanisms for those who suffer from chronic anxiety disorders.

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Long-Term Coping for Those with Stress and Anxiety Disorders

The key to long-term coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, and symptoms like nausea, is living your life in a way the reduces triggers and addresses issues and symptoms as they arise.

Though that may seem complicated, one of the easiest ways to do this is by discussing your anxiety with a therapist. They can do more than help you get to the root of your mental illness. They can also recommend the best supplemental treatments for your specific—needs, such as medicine, meditation, exercise, diet changes, and more.

With the help of a mental health professional, you may finally find the best way to keep your anxiety-induced nausea under control.

Talk Therapy and Overcoming Stress and Anxiety from Home

Often, those who suffer from anxiety find it difficult to initiate therapy.

This may be because they find discomfort in public settings, meeting new people, driving, or a slew of other things. However, the modern digital era has created a new way to achieve therapeutic relief from your home.

Talk therapy is a great way to handle and assess your anxiety, especially if you suffer from difficulties that affect your ability to conduct business outside of your home.

You don’t need to go far to find a great tele-therapist. ReGain has a heft selection of talk therapy and additional resources to help you better understand anxiety and its symptoms. So, you can work on yourself without leaving your couch or your pajamas.


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