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A 19-year-old male asked:

Is it possible to get anxiety symptoms even though i'm not worrying or stressing over anything?

13 doctor answers28 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ajay Das
Dr. Ajay Dasanswered
52 years experience
Anxiety normal...: ...anxiety for a short duration sometime without any reason is normal human reaction...unless it is is a recurrent problem...you may try meditation, quiet room with soft music....too much TV is not good...
Dr. Mahdis Sarrafi
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Anxiety: yes. It's possible. But make sure your Thyroid function is normal before making any diagnosis of anxiety disorder. I would suggest a blood test and thyroid check.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: Occasionally, people have been anxious or depressed for so long, they think it's an emotional norm for them. It can be a bit jarring, however, when this is pointed out to them for the first time.
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Yes, anxiety: can be physiological or psychological in nature, and typically a combination of both. Please see your doc to rule out hormonal or other medical causes. After that, consider seeing a mental health professional who specializes in anxiety disorders. do not use medication alone but learn skills to deal with anxiety and they will serve you well.
Dr. Leonard Goodstein
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Seek help: Yes, you can have generalized anxiety without any specific reason. You should see a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety disorders. The treatments do work. Do it now! ' Good luck
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Anxiety: It definitely is, so I would recommend a good physical exam to rule out organic cause. But often we minimize things that have happened to us, or something could have happened at a pre-verbal age, that you may not have narrative memory of. I recommend seeing an expert in anxiety disorders/trauma. Suggest someone trained in EMDR for better outcomes.
Dr. Susan Duenke
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Yes: The mind continues to work even when we are not aware of thinking. Anxiety and panic attacks can seem to sneak up on us when we are engaged in mundane or rote activities. You might want to keep a log of when you experience symptoms to see if you can discover a pattern.
Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Yes, anxiety is not: always conscious. Freud made quite a name for himself on just this kind of thing. There are 33 symptoms of anxiety, many of which overlap with physical conditions. Start with your symptoms and explain them to your GP, who will help you find a psychotherapist, if needed. Here's a beginning reference on anxiety: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Treating anxiety: Anxiety is fear that has no specific source. It feeds on itself. The two lies that anxiety tells us are 1) that something bad is very likely to happen (when in fact it is far less likely) & 2) that if it happens it'll be catastrophic (when usually there is a way through it). Find a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety disorders Meds alone won't fix it but can result in addiction.
Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Absolutely: Symptoms of anxiety can show up without awareness of a particular stressor. . Before anything else, see your primary doc and describe all of your symptoms to rule out any medical causes. Once cleared, consider meditation training or possible therapy to identify when and where the symptoms are most likely to occur so you can understand and prevent this.
Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
A Verified Doctoranswered
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Yes anxiety: when nothing is going on is called GAD generalized anxiety disorder. You get anxious about everything and so you get upset and stressed - when on medicine, you will seem calmer. Please go see a psychiatrist for some help. Help is out there.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
Anxiety: This can be approached in 2 ways. First have a medical evaluation to find out if this is a biological reaction to a medical problem, second, you may not realize the underlying psychological reason for your anxiety and a Clinical Psychologist could evaluate the problem and help you to overcome the anxiety with psychotherapy.
Dr. Sylvia Welsh
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Yes: The source of your anxiety is likely not conscious. With the help of psychotherapy, the source can be determined and the anxiety greatly reduced if not eliminated
Last updated Nov 30, 2017

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