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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Overview)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.


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Are there any tests for anxiety? Or can a Dr. simply question you and make a diagnosis with no tests? Found it odd that I wasn't tested for anxiety.

Are there any tests for anxiety? Or can a Dr. simply question you and make a diagnosis with no tests? Found it odd that I wasn't tested for anxiety.

Testing 4 Anxiety: There are several questionnaires that can be given for anxiety (e.g., Beck Anxiety Inventory) and some standardized psychological tests that look at anxiety. However, it is not necessary to give a test to diagnose anxiety. A standard psychological diagnostic interview is sufficient. Additionally, many drs. will diagnose & treat based solely on a few questions asked. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,317 doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Overview)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.


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Please explain what are the symptoms of anxiety?

Please explain what are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety: Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Sometimes the worst thing about anxiety is the just not being able to put your finger on the reason that you feel that way. ...Read more

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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

As your stress or anxiety level rises, stop what you are doing
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Ask yourself if you are expecting something bad to happen
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Slowly inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth
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While you are breathing, remind yourself that you can handle feeling distressed
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What are treatments of anxiety disorders from best to least effective?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What are treatments of anxiety disorders from best to least effective?

Anxiety: Preference is made based on tolerability, prior response, genetics (favorable response in another family member), side effects, patient preference, doctor's own experience with certain medication, and patient variables and health issues as well as other concurrent medications prescribed, and finally, the type of anxiety being treated. ...Read more

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What causes anxiety?

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What causes anxiety?

Anxiety causes: Anxiety, generally speaking, is a protective mechanism designed to prevent us from engaging in potentially harmful behaviors. Causes can be; 1. Biological..........Genetics, or chemicals such as caffeine or drugs. 2. Psychological.........Perceived threat. 3. Social.............Actual threat. ...Read more

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What triggers anxiety and anxiety attacks?

What triggers anxiety and anxiety attacks?

Triggers for anxiety: Vary widely from person to person. Sometimes a trigger is a conditioned response to a person, place, or thing we've been around when we felt anxious and then it becomes a trigger later. Fear of having an anxiety attack becomes the real issue. A clinical psychologist can help you manage this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Anxiety and racing thoughts--treatment?

Anxiety and racing thoughts--treatment?

Diagnose cause first: Anxiety and racing thoughts can be psychological or physical in origin. The symptoms could be part of hyperthyroidism or other medical issues. If you have no history of anxiety or depression, include your primary care physician in the evaluation to rule out medical causes. ...Read more

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How does anxiety start ?

How does anxiety start ?

Evolutionary: A good book: http://psychcentral.Com/blog/archives/2013/05/22/the-origins-of-anxiety/ it's a natural animal response. It helps us survive - but it can get out of control and become a problem instead of a help. There are things we should avoid for safety - anxiety warns us. But, if we learn to feel it w/out good cause - or too often - or too much - it's a problem. Talk to a therapist. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Depression: You first have to rule out medical, thyroid, neurological and sleep related or drug induced causes, if all this has been ruled out then you can start meds and therapy. ...Read more

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What would cause shakiness , would this be a symptom of anxiety?

What would cause shakiness , would this be a symptom of anxiety?

Tremor: There are many causes of shakiness or tremor and certainly, anxiety is one of them. Other causes may include thyroid disorder, vitamin deficiency, alcohol abuse or withdrawal, some drugs, several neurological disorders, and a condition known as benign essential tremor, which basically has no known cause. ...Read more

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Brintellix can work for panic social anxiety in general anxiety?

Brintellix can work for panic social anxiety in general anxiety?

Quite possibly: Brintellix (Vortioxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with an FDA indication for Major Depressive Disorder. It could be tried off- label for anxiety disorders. I have not personally prescribed this medication. ...Read more

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Half rotten molar on my back left side. No symptoms. Anxiety problems anyway. I do have headaches. The tooth only hurts if messed with. Headaches?

Check w/ dentist: A dentist will be able to examine your teeth and determine if there are stress cracks that may be caused by grinding teeth (a common symptom of anxiety) and can lead to tooth decay. Headaches can also result from stress grinding. If necessary, you can be fitted with a special mouth guard to reduce some of the symptoms resulting from grinding of teeth. A psychotherapist may be a good follow-up. ...Read more

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What are some signs of anxiety?

What are some signs of anxiety?

Generalized Anxiety: Anxiety disorders cover a wide spectrum of conditions but the most common features include: restlessness, excessive worry, easliy fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and sleep disturbance. Sometimes the anxiety can be intense to the degree of panic attack which is a discrete period of fear and disconfort with physical symtoms and may last a few minutes. ...Read more

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Substance abuse caused by anxiety depression panic attacks anxiety attacks my past and others?

Clarify question: For the complex problems listed on your chart, limited assistance can be expected p with a simple answer. You may benefit with a virtual consult with more details. Feel better:) ...Read more

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Wat relieves anxiety attacks?

Anxiety Treatment: There are a lot of options available now from therapy to meds. Depends on how severe it is and what other factors are contributing or other issues like mood disorder depression is there.Best will be to get an evaluation and then get a good treatment plan in place. Believe me living with anxiety is never fun especially when its disabling good luck. ...Read more

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What are the factors that complicate a diagnosis of anxiety versus an adjustment disorder?

No complication: An adjustment d/o can take shape of an anxiety d/o, . Under the umbrella of anxiety d/o's falls panic d/o, generalized anxiety d/o, social anxiety d/o, ocd, ptsd, phobias such as of heights , tunnels, or blood, adjustment disorder with anxious mood, anxiety resulting from abuse , and /or withdrawal from alcohol and drugs , and anxiety resulting from physical conditions such as hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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How can depression anxiety stress and panic attacksmake people feel?

There is some: Overlap between these four but they are different a well. Panic attacks make you feel like your heart is racing and you can't breath. When severe you feel like you might die from suffocation. ...Read more

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Can a pediatrician easily diagnose social anxiety disorder?

Sometimes: Most pediatricians do not have a lot of experience with DX and rx of mental illness, their training is limited and it really depends on their ability to make a judgement about what the book says and how well the info they are getting matches in an understandable way. Or seek consultation. ...Read more

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Symptoms: heart sinking, nrrvousness anxiety loss of gocus panic attacks depression restless leg syndrome psychosomatic pain anger. Meds advice.

Symptoms: heart sinking, nrrvousness anxiety loss of gocus panic attacks depression restless leg syndrome psychosomatic pain anger. Meds advice.

See a psychiatrist: This is a complex problem, and you need a good evaluation before any medications are prescribed. Please see an experienced psychiatrist for this evaluation, and allow him or her to make treatment suggestions for you. ...Read more

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