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how to know if i have an anxiety or ocd condition?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Psychiatric eval.: Obsessive compulsive disorder involves unrealistic thoughts/ fear that the person may or may not realize is unreasonable ;/or repetitive behaviors. 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.

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A 20-year-old male asked:

Is it true that some people absolutely"need"medication to treat anxiety/OCD.The fact that some people can't get over it with therapy alone makes me anxious that I wont be able to either thus need meds?

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Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Treatment: Medication will improve outcomes in the treatment of anxiety disorders but are bit required for treatment depending on the severity if symptoms psychotherapy alone can be an effective first choice.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have an anxiety or OCD condition?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Anxiety vs OCD: Obsessive compulsive Disorder involves unrealistic thoughts/ fear that the person may or may not realize is unreasonable &/or repetitive behaviors.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.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

I feel nervous sometimes. Is this because of anxiety and/or OCD? What can help?

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Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 40 years experience
Exam!: There can be various causes for feeling nervous keeping in mind we each have individual biochemical and psychodynamic makeups. A more complete history and some basic medical lab studies which include thyroid hormone testing would be needed for a start to begin to properly diagnose your condition. I than suggest supportive counseling to help deal with whatever your problem may turn out to be.

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