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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Overview)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.


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Are there any tests for anxiety? Or can a Dr. Simply question you and make a diagnosis with no tests? Found it odd that I wasn't tested for anxiety.

Are there any tests for anxiety? Or can a Dr. Simply question you and make a diagnosis with no tests? Found it odd that I wasn't tested for anxiety.

Testing 4 Anxiety: There are several questionnaires that can be given for anxiety (e.g., Beck Anxiety Inventory) and some standardized psychological tests that look at anxiety. However, it is not necessary to give a test to diagnose anxiety. A standard psychological diagnostic interview is sufficient. Additionally, many drs. Will diagnose & treat based solely on a few questions asked. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,299 Doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Overview)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.


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Please explain what are the symptoms of anxiety?

Please explain what are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety: Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Sometimes the worst thing about anxiety is the just not being able to put your finger on the reason that you feel that way. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Tip)

First practice identifying when you're feeling anxious ; literally saying "i'm feeling anxious.". ...See more

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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

As your stress or anxiety level rises, stop what you are doing
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Ask yourself if you are expecting something bad to happen
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Slowly inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth
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While you are breathing, remind yourself that you can handle feeling distressed
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What are treatments of anxiety disorders from best to least effective?

What are treatments of anxiety disorders from best to least effective?

Anxiety: Preference is made based on tolerability, prior response, genetics (favorable response in another family member), side effects, patient preference, doctor's own experience with certain medication, and patient variables and health issues as well as other concurrent medications prescribed, and finally, the type of anxiety being treated. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What causes anxiety?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What causes anxiety?

Anxiety causes: Anxiety, generally speaking, is a protective mechanism designed to prevent us from engaging in potentially harmful behaviors.
Causes can be;
1. Biological..........Genetics, or chemicals such as caffeine or drugs.
2. Psychological.........Perceived threat.
3. Social.............Actual threat. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Tip)

Feeling anxious? Sip on chamomile tea. Allow it to steep for five minutes in a lidded pot. ...See more

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How does anxiety start?

How does anxiety start?

Evolutionary: A good book: http://psychcentral. Com/blog/archives/2013/05/22/the-origins-of-anxiety/
it's a natural animal response. It helps us survive - but it can get out of control and become a problem instead of a help. There are things we should avoid for safety - anxiety warns us. But, if we learn to feel it w/out good cause - or too often - or too much - it's a problem. Talk to a therapist. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What would cause shakiness, would this be a symptom of anxiety?

What would cause shakiness, would this be a symptom of anxiety?

Tremor: There are many causes of shakiness or tremor and certainly, anxiety is one of them. Other causes may include thyroid disorder, vitamin deficiency, alcohol abuse or withdrawal, some drugs, several neurological disorders, and a condition known as benign essential tremor, which basically has no known cause. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
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Anxiety (Tip)

Feeling anxious or depressed? Add structure to your life, it helps you feel more in control. ...See more

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Half rotten molar on my back left side. No symptoms. Anxiety problems anyway. I do have headaches. The tooth only hurts if messed with. Headaches?

Check w/ dentist: A dentist will be able to examine your teeth and determine if there are stress cracks that may be caused by grinding teeth (a common symptom of anxiety) and can lead to tooth decay. Headaches can also result from stress grinding. If necessary, you can be fitted with a special mouth guard to reduce some of the symptoms resulting from grinding of teeth. A psychotherapist may be a good follow-up. ...Read more

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What are some signs of anxiety?

What are some signs of anxiety?

Generalized Anxiety: Anxiety disorders cover a wide spectrum of conditions but the most common features include: restlessness, excessive worry, easliy fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and sleep disturbance. Sometimes the anxiety can be intense to the degree of panic attack which is a discrete period of fear and disconfort with physical symtoms and may last a few minutes. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Tip)

"anxiety is excitement without breathing." -- fritz perls, md (founder of gestalt therapy). ...See more

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What are the factors that complicate a diagnosis of anxiety versus an adjustment disorder?

What are the factors that complicate a diagnosis of anxiety versus an adjustment disorder?

No complication: An adjustment d/o can take shape of an anxiety d/o, . Under the umbrella of anxiety d/o's falls panic d/o, generalized anxiety d/o, social anxiety d/o, ocd, ptsd, phobias such as of heights, tunnels, or blood, adjustment disorder with anxious mood, anxiety resulting from abuse, and /or withdrawal from alcohol and drugs, and anxiety resulting from physical conditions such as hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Can a pediatrician easily diagnose social anxiety disorder?

Can a pediatrician easily diagnose social anxiety disorder?

Sometimes: Most pediatricians do not have a lot of experience with DX and rx of mental illness, their training is limited and it really depends on their ability to make a judgement about what the book says and how well the info they are getting matches in an understandable way. Or seek consultation. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Tip)

Try to calm your mind; medications can help too; get your sleep at night. ...See more

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My doc won't do diagnostic tests for my symptoms I have fungal problems digestive problems excessive sweating fatigue back pain nausea anxiety and panic attacks night sweats chest pain weight loss eye floaters severe pmt im 34 female what tests should I as

My doc won't do diagnostic tests for my symptoms I have fungal problems digestive problems excessive sweating fatigue back pain nausea anxiety and panic attacks night sweats chest pain weight loss eye floaters severe pmt im 34 female what tests should I as

See your eye doctor: For your symptoms of floaters you should see your eye doctor right away to see if it's the sign of a serious problem. As for your other symptoms, they should warrant some further testing. If you feel you're not getting the proper care from your primary physician, you should consider changing doctors, or go to your local emergency room. Chest pain can be a symptom of a very serious problem. ...Read more

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I have an overwhelming test anxiety. What can I do before I start high school'?

Seek help: I recommend seeking out a therapist or attending test anxiety seminars. The school district may offer such interventions or you may want to try your local university or college. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Tip)

It's a myth that: anxiety can be cured with bioidentical hormones. ...See more

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Are there any tests for anxiety? Or can a Dr. Simply question you and make a diagnosis with no tests? Found it odd that I wasn't tested for anxiety.

Testing 4 Anxiety: There are several questionnaires that can be given for anxiety (e.g., Beck Anxiety Inventory) and some standardized psychological tests that look at anxiety. However, it is not necessary to give a test to diagnose anxiety. A standard psychological diagnostic interview is sufficient. Additionally, many drs. Will diagnose & treat based solely on a few questions asked. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have anxiety?

How do you know if you have anxiety?

Anxiety symptoms: Excessive worry (if for at least 6 months then is chronic)
muscle tension
sleep disturbance: insomnia
fatigue, restlessness, irritability, poor concentration, headaches, sweating, dizziness
gi symptoms: colics, upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, muscle aches
increased heart rate
shortness of breath
trembling
exaggerated startle response. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Tip)

You can change your brain chemistry just by changing your behavior. ...See more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What causes anxiety?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Anxiety causes: Anxiety, generally speaking, is a protective mechanism designed to prevent us from engaging in potentially harmful behaviors.
Causes can be;
1. Biological..........Genetics, or chemicals such as caffeine or drugs.
2. Psychological.........Perceived threat.
3. Social.............Actual threat. ...Read more

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When your mind wanders in and out and you have a racing heartbeat what could that mean bipolar, anxiety, add?

When your mind wanders in and out and you have a racing heartbeat what could that mean bipolar, anxiety, add?

Seek PCP consult: It is always advisable to seek a medical consultation prior to assuming a mental illness. There are any number of physical/organic conditions that may mimic/cause psychological symptoms. These should be ruled out first. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
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Anxiety (Tip)

Think of every outcome regarding your future fear. Focus on the positive outcomes you think of. ...See more

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How do you treat anxiety?

How do you treat anxiety?

Anxiety: Depending on the type of anxiety; behavior modification, cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, meditation, yoga, relaxation training, medications if necessary. ...Read more

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Is there a med that treats both anxiety and depression?

Yes: Many medications in the antidepressant class treat both anxiety & depression. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are often a good go -to. Examples include: prozac, zoloft, celexa, lexapro, paxil, (paroxetine) etc. ...Read more

Dr. Maritza Baez Dr. Baez
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Anxiety (Tip)

Look up toward the ceiling and close your eyes for 30 seconds. ...See more

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How is anxiety treated?

How is anxiety treated?

Psychotherapy first: Usually, initial treatment is with psychotherapy or "talk therapy". If symptoms are very severe or disabling, medications may be used initially, or later, if psychotherapy is not successful. It is also important to exclude medical causes such as use of drugs, alcohol, or caffeine, and problems with the thyroid gland or, rarely, with the adrenal gland. ...Read more

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What are alternatives to treating anxiety?

What are alternatives to treating anxiety?

Manage anxiety: By learning relaxation skills & learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www. Bcia. Org & www. Aapb. Org). Entrenched anxiety may require meds. ...Read more

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