Sweating when anxious is a problem, which is hardly heard by doctors, because it’s considered mainly as a personality trait, but not as a diagnosis. But statistically speaking, over 50% of people suffer from overcoming sweating when nervous. No wonder this is common for people with nervous system disorders, including panic attacks, neuroticisms, depression, angionecrosis. So why is this the way people react to anxiety?
Why Do We Have to Sweat?
Regular sweating is quite normal. That’s the way our body gets rid of various toxins, has a normal heat exchange, defends itself from overheat, keeps water and salt in a perfect balance. If we didn’t have perspiratory glands, our skin wouldn’t be so smooth. When we have the flu or the cold, excessive sweating helps our body cool down and get rid of the infection. But how can we explain sweating when nervous? Actually there’re two ways of explanation. They’re the main reasons for hyperhidrosis common for nervous system disorders:
- Our brain wants to escape from danger. When adrenaline is released into the blood, which always occurs under pressure, our body gets all set. Our ancestors didn’t get scared for no reason. They were scared of real danger: wild animals, fire, enemies. The body, ready to run, was cooled with sweating, so it could move on for several hours. But now, people e with phobias and panic attacks have the amount of adrenaline, enough for running several miles! But we have nowhere to run, we don’t have to. As a result, the whole sweating is useless. Such people don’t need to run away, but they still sweat a lot.
- Our brain has no hope. When our ancestors were caught by wild animals or enemies, they were sweating too. Their smelly sweat was not pleasant for the aggressors, so they didn’t even want to touch their victim. No doubt, the sweat can’t save anyone from fire or earth-quake, but there were some dangerous situations, that our ancestors escaped due to their excessive sweating.
So, our body uses sweat for defending us. At the moment this process can hardly help us, it only becomes an embarrassing problem. So the only way to change this situation, is to change our attitude to it. We shouldn’t consider any problem as a dangerous one. It’s not that easy, as it seems. Especially for people with neuroticisms or panic attacks.
Connection Between Anxiety and Sweating
People with nervous system disorders can’t do anything with their excessive sweating when anxious. But if they see that they only sweat, when they are in a state of stress, they can reduce stress with the help of medicines or some mental tricks. But it’s hard to do for people with neuroticisms and other nervous system disorders.
When they’re in a state of stress, their hypothalamus starts the sweating process, and they can’t change anything. Any situation, which can seem dangerous to them (for example, just a cup of coffee), can cause adrenaline release. And their body reacts the same way, as their ancestors reacted to danger.
When their childhood was filled with stress, they can’t remember every single detail, but all of them are stored in their subconscious mind. Anything, that reminds them of their childhood trauma, causes adrenaline release and then sweating. Such people think that there’s something wrong with their body, because they don’t see the real reasons for their excessive sweating. This is common for people with depression or neuroticisms.
People with nervous system disorder can sweat much, and that can be embarrassing for them, especially when they’re not alone and all eyes are watching them. That makes the situation worse, because they predict that they will sweat, and that makes them sweat more.
Excessive sweating when nervous doesn’t have to be the result of some nervous disorder. It also can be caused by the following factors:
- Hormonal imbalance,
- Allergic disease,
- Thyroid disorders,
- Passive lifestyle,
- Oncology disorders.
If you began to sweat excessively, but you didn’t have this problem before, you surely should go see a doctor.