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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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,054 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)

Anxiety

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 is rising, stop what you're doing.
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Rate level of distress you're feeling from 0 (none) - 100 (overload)
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Ask yourself "What bad thing am I expecting to happen?"
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Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
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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

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What causes anxiety?

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)

Anxiety

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

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What is the definition or description of: anxiety?

What is the definition or description of: anxiety?

Fear response: 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. ...Read more

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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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Anxiety (Tip)

Anxiety

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