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Anxiety Hurts

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Everybody knows what anxiety feels like - it's annoying and counterproductive and apparently useless, so why does it exist? It turns out your anxiety isn't useless at all - it's a result of the sympathetic nervous system (in charge of the fight or flight response), which lets you respond immediately to threats and can also help you meet that looming deadline. But you don't want your SNS running the whole show - chronic anxiety not only feels crappy, it damages your cells, alters your brain chemistry, and can exacerbate a wide range of health problems. Hank has the whole story in this episode of SciShow. Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Tardigrade Poster: http://vid.io/xom SciShow Mug: http://vid.io/xoa SciShow Shirt: http://vid.io/xog -- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com References: Oxidative Stress & Anxiety http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763246/ Depression & Chronic Stress Accelerates Aging http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111109093729.htm 10 Stress-Related Health Problems You Can Fix http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems Relationship Between Oxidative Stress and Anxiety: Emerging role of antioxidants within therapeutic or preventative approaches http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/17568/InTech-Relationship_between_oxidative_stress_and_anxiety_emerging_role_of_antioxidants_within_therapeutic_or_preventive_approaches.pdf
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ATTACKER45 THE BEAST (5 days ago)
Who else thought the thumbnail was a weird smiley face
JuneBug1881 (5 days ago)
I had a panic attack today. Another day closer to death!
Miniscule Musings (6 days ago)
The link for the Tardigrade poster is broken
Kurt Simon (28 days ago)
So no going to Ikea on Saturdays....Yes i'm talking to YOU anxiety in Ikea people.
sniperammow (28 days ago)
I like the feeling of butterflies inside my stomach. It almost feels like an orgasim. That’s why I like tests or things like big roller coaster.
DiabloMinero (1 month ago)
The adrenaline response is too powerful. It's fine to amp up heart rate, but it does no good to make you feel like you can't breathe, and neither of those effects is particularly useful for reciting poetry in front of the class. I speak from a specific experience, and let me say that it was the worst performance of "the road not taken" ever.
Drew Durant (1 month ago)
I have chronic anxiety. That’s why I smoke cronic lol
Snow Bunneh (1 month ago)
In the thumbnail the first thing I saw were two palm trees and a hammock. Was that intentional?
Queen Aysha (1 month ago)
fetus hank
Marachime (1 month ago)
Tiny fluffy Hank
MicrowaveGamer (1 month ago)
My worst panic attack was last night. For a good reason, but I didn't get to bed until two, then didn't sleep well.
ShionRain (1 month ago)
Where did you find that cover photo. I like it alot
Rauix Random (2 months ago)
Uncles pocket plant
Rauix Random (2 months ago)
Rauix Random (2 months ago)
Rauix Random (2 months ago)
Sticky icky
Rauix Random (2 months ago)
Porcelain Dreamer (2 months ago)
Psychoneuroimmunology is a mouthful but it's the study about how your emotions affect your immune system and how things like depression makes it more difficult for you to fight disease. My dad, a nurse, introduced it to me a while ago.
T Chase (2 months ago)
Your tartigrade poster link doesn't take me to the tartigrade poster. Please advise.
uRiBiTo666 (2 months ago)
Lol I'm like the opposite. "my house is burning down? Gimme 5 mins, I'm not leaving my PC here"
Kathryn McCarthy (2 months ago)
Who else saw a smiley face in the thumbnail.
GFHmicaella (2 months ago)
I had frequent anxiety attacks for years; feeling lightheaded, unable to stop or control my whole body shaking in waves hard enough to shake the whole bed, feeling like I couldn't breathe properly, heart racing and freaking out that I might be having a heart attack or something. It almost always started in the middle of the night when I was trying to get to sleep and typically lasted for 3 to 4 hours, so I was often pretty out of it the next day at school. It didn't even seem to have any cause, it would just start up out of the blue, which made it even more scary somehow. I barely get them anymore, but it was horrible back when it was happening often. Because it happened in the middle of the night, it didn't interfere much with what activities I could do during the day, but I couldn't rest properly, felt fatigued alot, and bothered my family who were trying to sleep and who I went to for comfort.
please please just put a warning on this video for people with anxiety disorders
William Heggie (3 months ago)
A Unicorn (3 months ago)
Evol Twin (3 months ago)
Blood Fire Drake (3 months ago)
He looks like Toby Turner in this video.
Cynthia Moraes (3 months ago)
I have chronic anxiety exacerbated by the fact that I just quit Klonopin cold turkey after almost 10 years of taking it. The withdrawal syndrome is horrible, involuntary shakes, biting my inner lip till it bleeds and is constantly sored, insomnia and lack of focus. Recently I started taking medicinal Cannabis (Indica) and it sure helps but my body still needs to get rid of all that chemicals.
Kagome Higoroshi (4 months ago)
It’s sad cause I have generalized anxiety and I have social anxiety, which I have been having a huge time dealing with. For YEARS. Over time it has gotten out of control to the point where I cannot function in everyday activities with people...lots of times I love to go out I hate staying indoors but sadly I am plagued with the constant anxiety... it’s a nightmare.
Youcant Stopme! (4 months ago)
I'm screwed.
ɮօʊռċɛ օʄʄ (4 months ago)
My anxiety increased a million times due to getting physically and mentally abused for more than half of my life.
jack wild (4 months ago)
dont worry you mom dos not like you
coc0s (4 months ago)
My telomeres are pulverized.
Keaton Entze (4 months ago)
I’ve been working on my anxiety for a few years now. After I lost my mom due to two terrible years of ALS. Things started falling apart with me. Anxiety was and pretty much still is 24/7. Anxiety attacks first started as a daily thing. From overthinking to the point of hyperventilating, tingly feelings in my entire body, kinda like when your arm falls asleep. My face would go numb, loud ringings in my ear, uncontrolled panic.
Sam Cashmoney (4 months ago)
When I was on a ton of wisdom tooth medication I had a panic attack because I realized Yoda was a puppet and he just felt so real to me. I cried at family game night.
Kristen Hardy (4 months ago)
I love it when y'all are able to give me a simplified version of concepts and end up explaining more in a couple of minutes than hours deep into journal articles! And it's an awesome way to recalibrate my head when it gets too overwhelmed during such activity!! THANK YOU SCISHOW!!!
fenrisulfrts2 (4 months ago)
The thumbnail looks like a tormented smiley face crying streaming of blackness ... OH WAIT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE PALM TREES AND A HAMMOCK Stress.
l wollert (4 months ago)
Had some with sometimes no known reason.
brochacho bluedude (5 months ago)
I was for some reason when he said "cause we need to keep you alive" you know cause humans are a social species but lately it hasn't felt that way.
xXsharkbaitXx101 (5 months ago)
I'm schizophrenia so.....
Justin Letchford (5 months ago)
I had to leave my job as an IT engineer and move back in with my parents because of anxiety, I was in physical pain and could not function at all.
topumasum (5 months ago)
This actually made me cry for no reason.
TayTaylorslay (5 months ago)
So I developed hyperacusis, tinnitus and hearing loss due to chronic loud noise exposure from headphones, I suffered a month long period of severe anxiety where I couldn't sleep, eat, move, or keep balance. It was awful. Funny enough is hyperacusis, tinnitus and hearing loss all contribute to anxiety and can be exasperated by anxiety. So it all goes full circle.Take tinnnitus for example, anxiety causes spikes. Tinnitus spikes can cause people lots of anxiety and the more anxiety, causes a bigger spike. Haha so it took me a good while to just get out of that "doom and gloom" stage of early Tinnitus, hyperacusis and hearing loss that many of my fellow sufferers have. I still suffer from these problems but ever since my stopped getting anxious and calming down, my life and my symptoms have decreased dramatically.
The Xextreem (5 months ago)
And thats why smoking weed is good for you. I`m going to smoke one peace.
hello goodbye (5 months ago)
shouldn't this video be classified in SciShow Psych?
Polb (5 months ago)
Sounds fun
Ben Bostic (6 months ago)
Anybody else’s anxiety make them just get hot and itch/tingle all over?
Aradia X (6 months ago)
Whatever you do though, DO NOT take xanax
babw16 (6 months ago)
My body seems to feel the need to go “code red” an average of eight times a day with severe panic attacks. Lemme tell you, nothing makes you more willing to die.
Will Froz (6 months ago)
CookieTheKitten (6 months ago)
Tomorrow I have to get a shot and I have anxiety😢
Max Johnson (6 months ago)
I'm stressed out from lack of money, but we need to keep me alive, right? enough to give me free yoga classes? no? ok. namaste. nice aura.
Greedy Baron (6 months ago)
i had to dump many Type-A friends due to their anxiety issues that was fueled by Envy. Envy ignites anxiety at the end... then it becomes a game of ''center of attention'', pathological lying & irrational responses. i've managed to control my anxiety by the means of placebo and psychedelics. or simply placebo its self. placebo to hallucination soberly, placebo to drink water to rid headaches. placebo that this video will calm me more now than what i was 3:20 minutes ago. #life changes every second.
Lillian Swaim (7 months ago)
Is there such a thing as sympathetic sympathetic reactions? I get super stressed when others around me are, even if I'm not affected, or even care about the person. In fact, this video made me a bit more stressed, or at least more aware of it.
John Alcorn (7 months ago)
0:16 me tho All the time
War Ninja (8 months ago)
Yes, physically and mentally, if you have the disorder at least. I do. Though I suppress it, it still slips through the cracks occasionally.
Templaric Legion (8 months ago)
Great. Anxiety over my anxiety killing me.
I have chronic anxiety because i smoke too much
Holly Ann Yarker (8 months ago)
I have generalised anxiety disorder so my fight or flight response is always here...
The Amazing Tatsuo (8 months ago)
I am always having anxiety And I am like... TIME TO SHOOT DOWN THE PLANE *heads into my room and lands on bed and unzips me trousers*
Ashton Simmons (8 months ago)
Anxiety is the number 1 problem in my life xD 1st world problems
Rodrigo Amorim (8 months ago)
If anxiety makes you age faster that would explain why i have a beard at the age of 15. But seriously the pain can be unberable sometimes.
Trausti Ingvarsson (8 months ago)
that explains lot about ptsd
Atomicwinter 31 (8 months ago)
Hey anxiety is one with me and I am one with anxiety. we have coexisted for a long time.
SlyPearTree (8 months ago)
Me trying to cure myself by exposure = Nausea + pooping 3 times a day at least + throat inflamation every working days for several years which did not lead to be cured but to a disability pension. So a seriously reduced income but no more bleeding hemorrhoids.
Madeleine Benson (8 months ago)
Was really hoping this video would be about psychosomatic pain
Dear science, Could you explain why I have panic attacks out of nowhere?
EnviousWingDings (8 months ago)
So that's why I look old.
Some Asshole (9 months ago)
The first antidepressant I took was an SSRI used to treat depression and anxiety. When I took it, it gave me anxiety and made my heart race. When I switched and stopped taking it, it gave me a severe panic attack. Medication is fun :-)
Matt Byrne (9 months ago)
Listen to the way this dude talks and tell me he isn't Stephen Colbert's son.
Anne Elliott (9 months ago)
I have a generalized anxiety disorder. After suffering for years I sought help and doing so much better! I've suffered upwards of 4 to 5 panic attacks in a day. I still get them but they don't last as long and I know what to do!
NJ Princess Zoe (9 months ago)
1:29 is it just me, or does that sun look like a crying person with a smile. Kinda sounds like anxiety.
Sci-non-fi Davis (9 months ago)
My worst anxiety attack got my very dehydrated but that was only after i woke up from fainting in a puddle if my sweat tears snot and drool so yeah it suck
NortonTheProphet (9 months ago)
A few days ago I had an anxiety attack caused by a lack of sleep, and frankly a few other things. I had been awake for more than 36 hours at which point your brain goes haywire. I was walking along with two female friends when two dogs started following us. At first I didn't pay much attention to them, but when they came closer and started howling, probably just to get our attention or seek food, I became terrified. And I was never afraid of dogs, in fact I love them, but this night was different because of my altered sleepless state of mind. One of the dogs was black and extremely ugly, but it was just a dog nonetheless. But to me it seemed like a creature from hell. I became terrified. So terrified in fact that I ran away to hide behind a police officer, leaving my friends with the dogs. To make matters worse, I heard the dogs barking in the distance and I was terrified of what had happened to my friends, but I couldn't help them because I was paralyzed with fear. Turns out there was nothing to be afraid of, it was just two hungry dogs, albeit ugly dogs. But it was the worst fear I had ever experienced. I am still traumatized. Because of a dog. Not a big dog for that matter and not an aggressive one either. Just goes to show, sleep is VERY IMPORTANT!!!
Alison Marie (9 months ago)
Whenever I hear "research shows" or "studies show" I can't help but cringe.
PlayStatiowned (9 months ago)
I have Chronic Anxiety and it comes completely out of the blue for me. No real cause besides a chemical imbalance in my brain.
Riley Mott (10 months ago)
My worst one was when I was getting life guard training, I hadn't had a panic attack in several years so I assumed id be fine to do this, But I had one, in the water, so badly that I threw up and the pool had to be drained and cleaned. Yeah..anxiety really sucks.
Lau Lau (10 months ago)
I actually was diagnosed with Chronic Anxiety.. Great..
Mr. J_Krr_ (10 months ago)
Uh oh
twins2play /Hannah (10 months ago)
One time I was explaining to a guy that I am diagnosed with O.C.D.He ask me, "So are you stressed out all the time?". A 10 second pause occurred before I said, " YEAH PRETTY MUCH."
Mlp Nightlight Crystal (10 months ago)
who else thought the thumbnail was a face??
Aaron Cates (10 months ago)
Always knew I'd die Young. Thanks Generalized Anxiety...
Yasmina Chehab (11 months ago)
i have OCD and ADHD , it cant get any worse can it?
Space Cadet (11 months ago)
I had such a bad panic attack once that I couldn't go to school because it was so violent and I couldn't calm down. My parents refused to call the school and I got suspended for skipping. Nice.
Tory Tatter (11 months ago)
MutantCreeper (11 months ago)
I used to get anxiety every night before bed in third grade and it sucked a lot because I don't know why it happened.
Dr Oddfellow (11 months ago)
weed helps, paxil helps more
Joe Sceiford (11 months ago)
The worst anxiety I've had was college, not because it was intense i.e. Only stomach aches. But it lasted for 5 weeks. Kinda sucked but it could have been worse
Sodium Fine (11 months ago)
your parasympathetic nervous reacts-and youre in fight or flight mode
ClazzyDonkey (11 months ago)
Reminds me of a thing my brother like saying. Don't eat too much, because that's harmful, don't eat too little because that's harmful, but don't worry, because that's also harmfull.
DiabloMinero (1 year ago)
Heck the CNS part of the sympathetic nervous system! It has no use in my life. My adrenal glands are good enough at causing emergency alertness without my brain fricking itself up for no reason. My stress should be peripheral only (usually it is).
Mississippi girl (1 year ago)
fidget spinners?
Nintelda - (1 year ago)
Having anxiety is always fun, yo. No downsides whatsoever.
Danielle Geels (1 year ago)
One time I had a panic attack while holding on to a pole 50 ft in the air. Good times, good times
Macky Cabangon (1 year ago)
How to remove anxiety and stress?
Rose Bishop (1 year ago)
why did you not recommend people seeing a therapist. Everyone know the basic deep breaths snd exercise but, few people feel it's okay to go see someone to help them through it, if I had not gone to one I hate to think of how I would live my life hating myself and dreading everyday. It was hard to admit something was wrong and actually get help. if therapy was less taboo and recommended by a person in a scientific video by someone with credibility, It might help someone to talk to a professional about their problems
Rose Bishop (1 year ago)
hope I made clear what I ment.
Aamina Hasan (1 year ago)
sends to everyone I know
jazzandtapioca1 (1 year ago)
Iv had anxiety my whole life but it dident get really bad untill i got bullied buy a boy named Kile Midwood he pushed me down a stair case and then tryed to strangle me but before he could get both hands around my neck i maneged to bite him. Ever sinse he attacked me iv had severe anxiety to the point that i failed my GCSEs and i spent 3 years at a specialist college for people with disabilities (im high functioning autistic) now my anxiety is starting to go iv mooved to an art college and im retakeing all my GCSEs my life is finely getting back on track after 6 years of suffering sinse the attack
Aamina Hasan (1 year ago)
jazzandtapioca1 I'm glad things are getting better.
Chapter Eleven (1 year ago)
another lil thing with anxiety is that it makes you tense up. My jaw aches at least slightly almost all the time because I keep clenching my teeth, my back tends to get knotted up, my hands naturally clench into fists-- it's annoying as hell, but at this point I don't even recognize it anymore. My anxiety isn't bad enough to warrant professional help-- I saw a therapist about 6 years ago now, she... attempted to help me out and then just said I was good to go a year later-- but it's enough to cause minor problems and make college a living hell. On another note. It's kinda scary how many people in college develop anxiety simply because of college.

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