A 44-year-old member asked:
Do you know of other medical conditions that create similar symptoms to those of depression and anxiety?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leslie Howellanswered
psychiatry 22 years experience
Yes- multiple causes: Causes of depression and anxiety can be multifactorial such as : having a positive family history , brain chemistry changes, medical illnesses (i.E thyroid disease), perimenopause, side effects from medications, major life stressors, substance use/abuse and history of abuse/trauma.
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz commented
Psychiatry 41 years experience
add: B-blockers, tumors (esp pancreas), MS, headtrauma, strokes, steroids. It is usually not productive to look for zebras as cause of depression if other physical symptoms are not present. Treat the depression, if it doesn't respond to standard treatment, look for other causes
May 7, 2014
Last updated May 12, 2016
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