Why does anxiety produce nausea?
March 6, 2006 2:14 PM Subscribe
I'm wondering if anyone has a clear sense of the biochemical mechanisms that cause anticipatory anxiety to result in nausea, appetite disturbance and dry mouth. I often experience these symptoms when I'm worrying about some future event or possible outcome. I've read that researchers believe serotonin receptors in the stomach have something to do with this reaction, but I'm not sure if the process is well understood. Also, does anyone know of any medications that are effective in reducing anxiety-induced nausea or lack of appetite? I am using cognitive-behavioral therapy to deal with my anxiety, but it would be nice to get some immediate relief while I'm working on my thought processes.