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A 20-year-old female asked:

Been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder, hesitant to say that problems started after sexual abuse. can ptsd and anxiety ever be confused?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Anxiety disorders: Ptsd actually is an anxiety disorder. Currently identified anxiety disorders include: ptsd, general anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorders, phobias, social phobia and impulse disorders. Other illnesses like depression can have anxious features.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
PTSD: Ptsd is a type of anxiety disorder -- a major category of illnesses that also includes panic d/o, ocd, social anxiety d/o, generalized anxiety disorder, and anxiety d/o nos (not otherwise specified), etc. Sometimes it can take time to differentiate a precise diagnosis, but anxiety would be present in all disorders in this group.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
PTSD & ANXIETY: It is hard to reveal sexual abuse to your Dr. for help with PTSD & Anxiety - consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy to help you with ZOOM sessions, a Psychiatrist for medication & a PCP for a physical exam to rule out illness. 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.
Last updated Dec 11, 2020

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