Lost my appetite, freaking out again.

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I've been doing so well recently but it was only a matter of time before the next thing came up -_- basically I haven't really felt hungry lately, I don't feel sick or have any pain or discomfort when I eat. If anything I feel better, but I just don't get that pit in the stomach feeling of hunger. I'm too scared to look it up because It's probably a symptom of cancer (hello big C)

Can anxiety do this? I've actually gone two days without eating before just so I would feel hungry, It's really starting to freak me out.

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    Hey Bethany iv lost my appetite too can hardly eat anything think it's all down to worrying, it's best not to google stuff as it brings up the worse I made that mistake and made myself worse xxx
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    I started losing my appetite in November and hardly ate through December and January too.  It was anxiety related - i couldn't physically eat too it was a real effort to chew and swallow.  I had a break down beginning of January and had to take time out to heal.  Once i started putting an effort into relaxing i started to get my appetite back,  I was really freaked out too and lost so much weight if felt really scared.  Appetite been better from beginning of February and sometimes nearly back to normal.  I think exercise would help me too  So yes anxiety can definately do this.  Try and take time for yourself, make sure you have lots of fluids and try and eat little but often, just little snacks of what you fancy (the thing that got me back on track was i really fancied some noodles from the take away!!).  Good luck. xx
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    When people used to say I haven't eaten for a week I used to think BS, Until I suffered from anxiety. I never ate properly for months,and I never once felt hunger pains. The worst thing someone can do when you feel this way is put a big meal in front of you. I'd try and tackle a small portion of grub,but I wouldn't even touch a big meal.
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    Hi Bethany

    This is just anxiety. I have felt the same recently and i tihkn why cant i eat or why am i not hungry? when a big meal is in front of me or i know its time to eat i clam up. Its all down to worry. I can only eat and enjoy it if im relaxed. anxiety can afffect our bodies in ways that you wouldnt belive. you do not have cancer dont worry. 

    you dont have to eat lots just little and often when you feel comfortable.

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    Hey man,

    I had the exact same thing for about one week and half but I know the answer. I was worried sick that it could be cancer and I was never ever hungry suddenly. However your doctor is right its 100% ANXIETY. I really tried to change my mindset the past 2 days and I tried to get out of my head and my appetite slowly started coming back and now its fully back. The reason why you lost your appetite is two reasons, 1: When your anxious your not hungry 2: You are scared of eating and whatever you are scared of your body will avoid. If you noticed before you had these symtoms you didn't eat only when your hungry but you ate because you enjoy food, so when you don't enjoy it anymore you dont want to eat, which is what is happening to you. Before I had this issue I used to eat simply to enjoy and because I was bored etc but because your anxious you cant even do that and you think to yourself "no I need to be hungry to eat" this was never true, if humans only ate when they were hungry they would eat once or twice a day. ANYWAY, its ANXIETY, I have worse anxiety than you trust me and I thought I would never get out of this but I did because I realised it was my mind playing games. Trust me as much as you feel its physical, its not, its purely mental. Get better soon. I'm going around posting this message in similar forums because I know how terrible it feels and now I know the answer so I'm sharing it.

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    absolutely! i have the exact same problem which is really bad because im a diabetic! anyways yes this is a very common symptom of anxiety. im actually going through this right now didnt eat all day yesterday. going to sip some coke to try to combat low blood sugar because my appetite still hasnt returned.

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    never in my life have i heard of loss of appetite being a sign of the big C, not saying it isnt but ive never heard of it. this is likely all anxiety and your digestive system. my panic attacks got so bad at one point i didnt want to eat, i had loss of appetite for about a week or two and i can say, i was happy to lose that little weight lol

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    Hi i have literally been feeling the exact same way it just came out of the blue...but i also feel nauseous not when i eat just at random times of the day. I am literally trying so hard not to google and overthinking it but reading the answers under here has made me feel slightly better

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