A 21-year-old female asked:
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i have really bad anxiety. my breathing got worse. thedoctor still says it is all in my head. i have seen psychiatristsbut it was a waste of money as nothing seems to help.what can i do? please help.

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Dr. Taliba Foster
16 years experience Child Psychiatry
Try another psych!: Most symptoms of anxiety can be treated by a physician that is a good match for you. Cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, and if necessary, medications help.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience Neurosurgery
Heart? lung?: If your problem if breathlessness, then you should have the following tests: physical examination, chest x-ray, pulmonary function tests. Then, if nothing is diagnostic, proceed with cardiology assessment with exam, cardiogram, echocardiogram, stress test. Blood tests needed to assess anemia or abnormal metabolism. Only when all needed tests have been done, should psychiatric cause be considered.
Answered on May 3, 2016
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Agreed, good treatment starts with good and thorough medical and psychiatric/psychological work ups. We also usually recommend thyroid studies for individuals presenting with anxiety or depression.
Nov 12, 2012
Dr. Fred Gallo
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Self help: Anxiety is a part of many different conditions, including generalized anxiety, ocd, ptsd, panic disorder, adjustment issues, and even many physical conditions. In addition to psychotherapy, self help techniques like square breathing, learning to relax in to the sensations of anxiety, and energy tapping can help.
Answered on May 15, 2016

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