Originally Posted by whydotheystink
Does anyone else feel like all of your muscles on your body are always very stiff/tense and does anyone feel like you have an awkward walk?
Yeah, when I come home in the evenings and get the opportunity to relax, I notice just how tense my body was all day. I know that muscular tension is connected to depression and anxiety generally, but I have my own theory about its connection with SA. So here it is: when your mind is preoccupied with (fill in your own destructive, recurring thought pattern), you are not concentrating on your immediated surroundings and your body's interaction with it, causing you to adopt an awkward posture. Moreover, mental insecurity naturally causes you to slump into unatural positions. When your body goes through an entire day of this, or weeks/months/years, it can start to develop serious muscle pain and stiffness.
The same for walking, but I think that it's different. When you're sitting still you're in a passive state. No one has much to criticize you for, and you can just ignore all others by focusing on something else. But, when you're walking, you're actively doing something, and you are forced to ineract with the people you pass without being able to just ignore them. So, naturally for someone with SA, you begin to wonder what the people you pass are thinking about you, then you become more self concious, your body tenses, and your walk actually does become akward.
That's what I think. Whatever the case, I feel your pain.