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Can chronic anxiety, like gad, affect your immune system? can your brain actually make you feel physical symptoms of anxiey?

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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Yes. : GAD, or generalized anxiety disorder, by definition does produce some physical symptoms due to anxiety (like muscle tension, rapid HR, or trembling, amongst many other possible physical effects). Stress and anxiety that is untreated or inadequately treated can disrupt immune function and also contribute to other illness promoting behavior (neglecting hygiene & exercise, having trouble sleeping).
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
ANXIETY: 1st have a physical exam by a Dr. to determine if you have a physical illness. The most complete evaluation for medication is with a Psychiatrist. Please consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy to help you with ZOOM.com sessions. Your fears and anxiety could be heightened because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay safe, cautious & hold on to hopefulness to elevate your immune system.

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Last updated Nov 28, 2020

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