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A 33-year-old member asked:

what is the difference between postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and general anxiety disorder?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bart Denys
Cardiology 39 years experience
Orthostatism: Well... Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome has an origin in the autonomic nervous system and is unrelated to anxiety. A general anxiety disorder is not a cause of orthostatic tachycardia.The two entities while unrelated can theoretically coexist in the same individual.
Dr. Marion Dunn
Psychiatry 43 years experience
General anxiety: Hello, general anxiety may be a nidus that may worsen tis particular condition and need further continued treatment. Many times people simply forget to breathe in and out when they panic. However, this is not my specialty.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Othostatic: Increased heart rate from low blood volume when you stand up gad is a inappropriate sense of doom two symptoms can be dizziness rapid heart rate not related to body position.

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What is it like to have boyfriend who has general anxiety disorder?

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It varies: The boyfriend would have excessive anxiety and worry most of the time. He would perhaps feel keyed up, be easily fatigued, have difficulty concentrating, be irritable, have a lot of muscle tension, and have sleeping problems. Other than that, he might be a great guy!
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What is the treatment for the general anxiety disorder type of diagnosis?

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Dr. Charles Barnhart
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Depends: Sometims a type of counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy is what's needed. Sometimes drugs called benzodiazepines are used, but that should be a temporary thing. Antidepressants and some drugs that are also used to treat seizures are often used.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

Are people with general anxiety disorder allowed to become physicians? What about other mental illnesses?

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Dr. Greg Hinson
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Certainly: Are people with mental illness allowed to become a physician? Have you ever met a surgeon? :) seriously, there is no reason why not, as long as the mental illness is controlled. If not, the course of study and preparation needed to follow this path would likely make it impossible anyway. But you could say the same about numerous other professions requiring a lot of study and dedication.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of general anxiety disorder and how is it treated?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Talk;behavior change: Gen. Anx. Disorder manifests in excessive fear in many circumstances. We all are anxious at times, it can keep us alive, but when it is triggered too easily we may have gad. Discussing your fears with a clinical psychologist who may also teach you some behavioral techniques like the relaxation response, guided imagery, etc. To dampen your fight flight response can be enormously helpful.

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