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Can a severe anxiety disorder make you hyperaware of body. ex) feeling pulse in neck, sensations in head, pr pressure on the front neck.

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Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Yes: Even a mild anxiety disorder can do that. Anxious people are too aware of normal sensations a human experiences 24 hours a day. Normal people's brains filter out most normal sensations and only focus on abnormal sensations. For example, every living person has pulsations with heart beats. Most of us don't feel the normal pulsations. Same with normal intestinal flow that pushes our meals along.

Answered 10/22/2016

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Dr. Judith Tellerman answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

ANXIETY: 1st have a physical exam by a Dr. to determine if you have a physical illness. If cleared, consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy to help you with ZOOM and a Psychiatrist for medication. 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.

Answered 12/20/2020

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