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Am I paranoid too or is it just my generalized anxiety disorder?

Am I paranoid too or is it just my generalized anxiety disorder?

Without: Specifics it would be hard to say. Usually, however, gad does not involve true paranoia. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How do you tell the difference between paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder?

How do you tell the difference between paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder?

Cause of fear: The main difference between paranoid personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder is in what causes the anxiety. In paranoid personality the main issue is a distrust and fear of people with worry that others are malevolent or want to harm one. In generalized anxiety, the fear is about many issues such as the future, possible accidents, illness, etc. ...Read more

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Is this paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder that makes me stay up late worried about my job?

Is this paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder that makes me stay up late worried about my job?

Anxiety--probably: Paranoid personality disorder has to do with strongly held, more or less exaggerated assumptions that other people are: out to purposefully harm and humiliate, are vindictive, and are actively 'hateful'. The paranoid person feels specifically (and unrealistically) persecuted. Paranoia leads to and is caused by anxieties, but it is more than an increase in troublesome worries about life. ...Read more

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I'm so paranoid all the time. Could this be an anxiety disorder?

Paranoid? anxious?: The answer is most likely 'no.' feelings of paranoia tend to cause anxiety but are nto themselves caused by anxiety. Everyone feels a little paranoid sometime, usually after a very unpleasant event. If such a feeling persists and becomes pervasive, this suggest a mental health issue like schizophrenia, bipolar, or substance abuse. ...Read more

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Maybe I'm being paranoid but I asked my nurse about my hiv and hep C results. She said they were negative. Anxiety disorder. Is she telling me truth?

Maybe I'm being paranoid but I asked my nurse about my hiv and hep C results. She said they were negative. Anxiety disorder. Is she telling me truth?

No reason to lie: Your nurse should have no reason to lie about your results, but if you have reason to believe you've been exposed, it's understandable that you might worry. Particularly if your suspected exposure is recent, please keep in mind that followup testing is usually recommended, since the virus may not yet have reached detectable levels when you first are tested. Check with your doctor re followup. ...Read more

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Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?

Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?

Not quite: It's more a pattern of frequent, constant worry & anxiety over many activities & events. A number of physical symptoms may also be present, including muscle tension (shakiness, headaches) & stomach problems, such as nausea or diarrhea. The fear of going out that you're referring to is mentioned usually more in relation to agoraphobia or social anxiety. Google them... Wishing you well. ...Read more

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What are the tests for generalized anxiety disorder?

What are the tests for generalized anxiety disorder?

Several: There are many tests; some seem better than others. But no one "test" is determinative. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read more

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What are probable causes generalized anxiety disorder?

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What are probable causes generalized anxiety disorder?

GAD: Genetics, stress, chronic use of alcohol or sedatives, or triggered by tobacco or caffeine dependency. ...Read more

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Is there a preferred way to handle generalized anxiety disorder?

CBT & Meds: The gold standard treatment for gad is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication when warranted. Cbt would teach the individual cognitive restructuring, progressive muscle relaxation, and "worry exposure, " which are meant to combat the three components of worry: physical symptoms, cognitive symptoms, and avoidance behaviors. ...Read more

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Can a generalized anxiety disorder cause excessive belching?

Can a generalized anxiety disorder cause excessive belching?

See below: Belching is the act of expelling air from the stomach through the mouth. It usually occurs when the stomach distends, or expands because of too much swallowed air. Belching releases the air to reduce the distention. You can also have a gas buildup in the stomach from bacteria working on food, which give up for gas. Anxiety can cause just about any physical symptom but it would be uncommon for anxiety to cause excessive belching. If your anxiety includes hyperventilating then that would be a good source of swallowed air, which then could lead to belching. ...Read more

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My mom gets generalized anxiety disorder, so am I likely to get it later?

My mom gets generalized anxiety disorder, so am I likely to get it later?

Unlikely: There is no familial connection with generalized anxiety disorder. However, first-degree relatives have a higher rate of mood and anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Could ativan (lorazepam) be safe to use long-term to treat generalized anxiety disorder?

Not the best choice: While ativan is effective in reducting feelings of anxiety, it is also both short actiing and habit-forming. This makes it the sort of medicine that you may develop a tolerance to, and it is also a medication that you need to wean off of. Benzos are never the best choice. Talk to your doc about soemthing like Buspar (buspirone) or another antidepressant. They do not carry these risks. ...Read more

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I was wondering is ativan (lorazepam) safe to use long-term to treat generalized anxiety disorder?

Although some: People do fine with long term use — development of tolerance can occur. ...Read more

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What do you do if you have generalized anxiety disorder and are terrified of taking prescription meds?

What do you do if you have generalized anxiety disorder and are terrified of taking prescription meds?

Get in Psychotherapy: That is the central element of gad treatment; meds are not necessary, they are just helpful at times in bringing down the intensity of the anxiety, while the exploratory therapy is underway; however, if you're that terrified of the meds at this time and would rather do it without, then you definitely can (it may be harder but doable); nothing wrong with changing your mind either... Good luck. ...Read more

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I have generalized anxiety disorder, and have had a bad week with anxiety. Could this cause this sudden onset of palpitations?

I have generalized anxiety disorder, and have had a bad week with anxiety.  Could this cause this sudden onset of palpitations?

Palpitations: Changes in heart rate, including its getting faster, feeling like it's pounding, and having palpitations, can come from anxiety. If you've never had these before at all, see your physician for a checkup. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for generalized anxiety disorder?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for generalized anxiety disorder?

Lots of options: Anxiety disorder is quite common at all ages, and lots of different kinds of treatments are available. The best proven treatment is a combination of psychotherapy (not all kinds work) and medications (usually antidepressants). Primary care doctors often can help find help and may prescribe medications. Psychologists commonly offer proven therapies. Psychiatrists do medications maybe therapy. ...Read more

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I am going to be switching antidepressants for generalized anxiety disorder. Need advise!?

I am going to be switching antidepressants for generalized anxiety disorder. Need advise!?

Need supervision : Don't know the reason for the switch perhaps side effects or lack of effect. Be sure to have this done under the care of your doctor as your symptoms may worsen with sudden discontinuation of medication. Your doctor will decide how fast to make the switch depending on your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is generalized anxiety disorder?

GAD: Or generalized anxiety disorder is a persistent pattern of anxiety/worry about a number of things for at least 6 months. It involves feeling restless or keyed up, easy fatiguability, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and/or sleep distturbance. These anxieties cause significant distress or impairment in functioning. ...Read more

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How do you treat generalized anxiety disorder?

How do you treat generalized anxiety disorder?

The best treatment: For gad is a combination of medications and therapy. ...Read more

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How do you define generalized anxiety disorder?

How do you define generalized anxiety disorder?

Unwarranted worrying: Generalized anxiety disorder (gad) refers to people who worry about lots and lots of things rather than specific things such as flying or insects. They feel worried, tense, and irritable more often than not beyond what is warranted objectively, with symptoms such as restlessness, poor conentration, and poor sleep. Some physical illnesses can cause gad but typically there is no known cause. ...Read more

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Could you have generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Maybe: People with gad may be experience constant, out of control worrying. This can be expressed by the body in the form of fatigue, lightheadedness, insomnia, frequent urination, abdominal pain, lump in throat, shortness of breath, headaches and muscle tension (especially upper back ; neck). There can ^'ed irritability ; v'ed concentration. ...Read more

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What exactly is generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

What exactly is generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Generalized Anxiety: Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more-days-than-not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance). The person finds it difficult to control the worry. The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following 1. Restlessness easily fatigued difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension. ...Read more

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Natural ways to treat generalized anxiety disorder?

Natural ways to treat generalized anxiety disorder?

Life style change: Regular meals, enough rest, sport, hobbies such as music, self-help books, are some ways. ...Read more

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What are the causes of generalized anxiety disorder?

What are the causes of generalized anxiety disorder?

Genes & Environment: Complex process: research suggests that part i of gad is a heritable, but nonspecific tendency to manifest an emotional disorder. However, a psychological vulnerability, stress due to life events, the process of anxiety across multiple domains are also required for worry to be the predominant coping mechanism. See barlow (2002) anxiety and is disorders for a beautiful, research supported overview. ...Read more

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Is generalized anxiety disorder a medical disability?

No: Almost all people with generalized anxiety disorder can be treated and are able to work and live quality, productive lives. ...Read more

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What to do if i got generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

What to do if i got generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Get help: Seek help from a psychologist and/ or a psychiatrist. A combination of psychotherapy and medication can help you overcome your anxiety. ...Read more

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What are the criteria for a generalized anxiety disorder?

What are the criteria for a generalized anxiety disorder?

Too long for space : The complete diagnostic and statistical manual criteria for generalized anxiety disorder are too long to write in 400 characters -- but involve chronic worrying, nervousness, and tension. This link lists signs ; symptoms in more detail, and provides more information too: http://www.Helpguide. Org/mental/generalized_anxiety_disorder. Htm. ...Read more

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How do I lessen my symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder?

How do I lessen my symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder?

CBT and meditation: CBT-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be very effective and you can do it yourself with the Companion app for iPhone which you can get
at: www.companionapproach.com I highly recommend it. Meditation with the breath is relaxing and helps reduce anxiety. I highly recommend SPIRE which is a tiny device you wear. You can find it at: http://bit.ly/28W8bpB ...Read more

Paranoid (Definition)

Someone who fears others mean to harm him/her in some way. They may believe or think others are spying on them or plotting to kill them. When the fear is totally irrational and without basis it may be delusional ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere ...Read more