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I am very curious on the distribution of physical vs mental symptoms that SA people experience. Every description of SA that I've seen is of some psychological and clinical framework that I doubt fits any real person. Most strikingly, these descriptions make SA seem like we are just people who are either too shy or too much into our our feelings.

While our symptoms certainly change through out time, can you please give a rough estimate of the percentage of the symptoms that you experience that are either physical or mental.

I'm classifying physical traits as:
Heart and breathing rate, muscle ticks/itch, stomach cramps, vomiting, sweating, blushing, etc.

and I'm classifying mental traits as:
feeling: lonely, ugly, being judge, being disliked, etc..
 

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75 mental/25 physical
 

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I'd say 50/50. If I have the mental thing going on, it pretty much kick starts some sort of physical reaction, though it may not always be visible to others. I pretty much always have the knotted stomach and chest pain thing if I'm having the mental stuff. If I start having visible symptoms, like shaking, then my mental gets worse because I feel humiliated, making me shake even more, and well, you get the picture, each feeds off the other and it can get pretty ugly . . . :O)
 

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At some point I think it's hard to separate the mental thought process from the physical symptoms. I think the two happen simultaneously.

Having said that, the only mental symptom I have is feeling that I'm being judged. For physical symptoms, I experience faster breathing/heart rate, stomach cramps, mild shaking, and occasionally slight blushing (usually accompanied by feeling cold everywhere else).

I would say 50/50 because the physical symptoms would not be there without the thoughts.
 

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More mental than physical.
 

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Ya nearly all mental , if i can get over the apprehension/dread the rest usually falls into place.

Aww man its such a cluster**** sometimes.
 

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I'd say 50/50. If I have the mental thing going on, it pretty much kick starts some sort of physical reaction, though it may not always be visible to others. I pretty much always have the knotted stomach and chest pain thing if I'm having the mental stuff. If I start having visible symptoms, like shaking, then my mental gets worse because I feel humiliated, making me shake even more, and well, you get the picture, each feeds off the other and it can get pretty ugly . . . :O)
Same here. :(
 

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95% mental, 5% physical.

basically, even when i don't have any physical symptoms of anxiety, all the mental negative thoughts are still there. so that includes if i'm drinking or on benzos and my body will feel perfectly fine but it doesn't help with my complete lack of social skills or shyness etc
 

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I'd say 50/50. If I have the mental thing going on, it pretty much kick starts some sort of physical reaction, though it may not always be visible to others. I pretty much always have the knotted stomach and chest pain thing if I'm having the mental stuff. If I start having visible symptoms, like shaking, then my mental gets worse because I feel humiliated, making me shake even more, and well, you get the picture, each feeds off the other and it can get pretty ugly . . . :O)
I'm similar
 

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60% mental, 40% physical

I've found that even without the physical symptoms of anxiety, my mind still operates in much the same way as in the thinking patterns, feelings and experiences I have. It doesn't change. It's a strange feeling though, almost like I've numbed myself so that my complete absence of social adeptness is laid bare for all to see. When I think about that, I'm scared out of my wits, but my body isn't, if that makes any shred of sense whatsoever.
 

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I kinda believe there is no separation between mental and physical health. I heard a great quote the other day listening to a discussion on depression. "Mental health begins at the cellular level". Once you ride that boat as far as it will go i.e. diet, exercise, sleep, then you can talk, in a healthy manner, about emotional issues and thought patterns. But that's just me.
 

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im 50/50
 

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I kinda believe there is no separation between mental and physical health. I heard a great quote the other day listening to a discussion on depression. "Mental health begins at the cellular level". Once you ride that boat as far as it will go i.e. diet, exercise, sleep, then you can talk, in a healthy manner, about emotional issues and thought patterns. But that's just me.
I completely agree with that quote. I think people still think of health, like our great grandparents did a 100 years ago. That was a time when there were no antibiotics and people's overall nutrition was so poor, that the common cold could kill them. For them, physical damage=infection=sickness.

With increased use of antibiotics, vaccination, and better nutrition, people are living longer with less overt physical signs of damage. But that doesn't mean we are completely healthy.

Low level inflammation, in particular can have devastating effects on our moods and well being, even if there isn't a clear sign of it.
 

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any matrix fan's will also agree with what many have said so far.
"the body cannot live without the mind"

what relevance that has to what i was initially going to say, i dont know. but what i do know, is that i've forgotten what i was going to say... u.u
 
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