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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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MG and anxiety.stress symptoms r pretty much same. Ex. Weak/SOB/tension/pain/diff. Swallowing n etc. SO how to decifer if I suffer BOTH MG And Anxiety?

MG and anxiety.stress symptoms r pretty much same. Ex. Weak/SOB/tension/pain/diff. Swallowing n etc. SO how to decifer if I suffer BOTH MG And Anxiety?

MG info: Here's good info on MG. http://www.myasthenia.org.au/html/background.htm Click deeper for full info on Dx, etc. You need to find Tx for Health Anxiety if your search for a disease causes you or others too much trouble. It can be costly. Read this info and try to relax! ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress cause HIV symptoms?

Can anxiety and stress cause HIV symptoms?

No: Although HIV have to do with immune systems but unless you engage in risky exposure because of stress and anxiety., one does not cause the other by themselves. ...Read more

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Could anxiety/panic/stress really induce symptoms that feel severe and life-threatening?

Could anxiety/panic/stress really induce symptoms that feel severe and life-threatening?

It could feel that: Way if you are having a panic attack. However, panic attacks are not life threatening. Take care. ...Read more

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Can symptoms from high anxiety, depression and stress mimic symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Can symptoms from high anxiety, depression and stress mimic symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Anxiety & Depression: can interfere w/memory but not to the extent of severe Alzheimer's. A mental health professional can help you learn stress management strategies. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Anxiety/Stress - Can the symptoms be higher BP, arm pit pain, upper back pain? Can it also be triggered by not eating enough through a day?

Anxiety/Stress - Can the symptoms be higher BP, arm pit pain, upper back pain?  Can it also be triggered by not eating enough through a day?

Possibly : You need to be seen by a doctor to ensure there is no organic cause for your symptoms . Even though it is possible for anxiety to cause an array of symptoms it is not safe to make that assumption . Evaluation by health care provider needs to be made ...Read more

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Can meditation music lower stress, anxiety and the symptoms of depression?

Can meditation music lower stress, anxiety and the symptoms of depression?

Yes: Meditation is a great way to de-stress and cope with our chaotic lives. Exercise is also a great way to cope with stress. Find a type of exercise that you enjoy, so the exercise itself doesn't become a chore. ...Read more

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Can u have a panic attack when u r relaxed with no anxious thoughts and no trigger? I have no stress/anxiety. Symptoms are = to panic, though.

Can u have a panic attack when u r relaxed with no anxious thoughts and no trigger?  I have no stress/anxiety.  Symptoms are = to panic, though.

Panic attacks: By definition, panic attacks come out of the blue -- they do not have predictable triggers. And you would be the first person I have met in over 30 years of medical practice who has absolutely "no stress/anxiety." I have known many people, though, who are so disconnected from their inner lives that they don't notice when they're anxious. The body does its best to help by releasing things. ...Read more

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Is it possible for anxiety and stress to cause stomach symptoms such as gas, bloating / fullness etc?

Absolutely: You have probably heard that it's possible for a person to worry so much that they develop an ulcer? It is true. Also, a person who is anxious may swallow a lot, including swallowing air, which can lead to belching. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of stress and anxiety?

What are symptoms of stress and anxiety?

Stress & anxiety: Symptoms of stress & anxiety include feelings of body tension; headache; jitteriness; irritability; sleep disturbance (especially difficulty getting to sleep which can progress); anxiety; worry; dread of situations that exacerbate stress -- work may be a frequent scenario; isolating one's self; difficulty concentrating, etc. Please see your doctor about your own situation -- help is possible. ...Read more

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What physical symptoms of stress/anxiety are there?

What physical symptoms of stress/anxiety are there?

Multiple: Short term physical effects of anxiety can be insomnia, change in appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, sweating, muscle tension, headaches, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. High stress and anxiety over the long term can put one at a higher risk for medical illnesses such as heart disease. ...Read more

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I think my physical symptoms are caused my stress and anxiety. Is this possible?

I think my physical symptoms are caused my  stress and anxiety. Is this possible?

Yes: It would help to understand what you symptoms are. However, it is true that your brain is intimately connected to your body and they do effect one another. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of stress and anxiety. And what are some things to help with it?

Many: Symptoms can be physical: rapid heart beat, sweaty palms, shaky hands or legs, dry mouth and others. Emotional symptoms are racing mind, fearfulness, confusion and others. Prevention involves understanding what anxiety and stress are and changing the way you think about or respond to things. ...Read more

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I went to Dr and told them my symptoms, they said im suffering with stress and anxiety. But I'm not even stressed about anything I have a easy life???

About anxiety: Anxiety does not always have an obvious cause & does not feel the same to everyone. Some are very aware of anxiety, others have symptoms like migraines, some have a variety of symptoms not consistent w what we know about the way the body works.However, anxiety on top of an illness can alter the symptoms, & some ailments do have complex/unusual symptoms. If in doubt, 2nd opinion = good idea. ...Read more

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Can anxiety or chronic stress cause gastritis? What are the symptoms of gastritis?

Can anxiety or chronic stress cause gastritis? What are the symptoms of gastritis?

Yes: Gastritis can be caused by stress/ anxiety. You can have pain, bloating, nausea, cramping to name a few. Talk to your doctor for different treatment options ...Read more

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How can you tell if physical symptoms are related to stress/anxiety or an autoimmune disorder?

How can you tell if physical symptoms are related to stress/anxiety or an autoimmune disorder?

See a doctor: There are tests for autoimmune disease that doctors can order and there are signs and symptoms that they look for in order to make a diagnosis. See a doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get anxiety symptoms even though i'm not worrying or stressing over anything?

Is it possible to get anxiety symptoms even though i'm not worrying or stressing over anything?

Anxiety: yes. It's possible. But make sure your Thyroid function is normal before making any diagnosis of anxiety disorder. I would suggest a blood test and thyroid check. ...Read more

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When does the anxiety physical symptoms happen and why does it happen. Can 2 months of stress lead to anxiety?

Of course: Yes, 2 months of stress may lead to anxiety. It is treatable, if possible removing the cause of stress, and through medication and or therapy. Ask your dr. Physical symptoms may appear at any time. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What symptoms come with anxiety? When I get anxious or stressed I get headaches that are short but come and go.

What symptoms come with anxiety? When I get anxious or stressed I get headaches that are short but come and go.

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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. I have had lots of anxiety the last week and my bm have been looser. This morning they were pencil thin. No other symptoms? Is it stress?

. I have had lots of anxiety the last week and my bm have been looser. This morning they were pencil thin. No other symptoms? Is it stress?

Stress does so much!: It's possible for stress to do lot's of damage - in a person w/ gastric symptoms like reflux, bowel impact seems easy to create. Think about finding a good CBT therapist to learn stress mgmt skills. It can really save you from lots of pain and suffering. ...Read more

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Stress/anxiety have gotten to the point where the physical symptoms are almost unbearable. Is there any way to fix this besides taking medication?

Stress/anxiety have gotten to the point where the physical symptoms are almost unbearable. Is there any way to fix this besides taking medication?

Manage stress with: E-a-s-e. 1)eliminate the stressor from your life (be assertive; delegate; take breaks & vacations) 2)alter the impact of the stressor (problem solving; time management; social/group action); 3)shift your outlook (reduce unrealistic expectations, irrational beliefs & negative self-talk); & 4) ease your response (relaxation, exercise & good nutrition). Talk to a professional who treats anxiety. ...Read more

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FTM- as soon as I had my son I've had every symptom of severe stress/anxiety disorder. It's taking over myself completely and effecting life. Help! ?

FTM- as soon as I had my son I've had every symptom of severe stress/anxiety disorder. It's taking over myself completely and effecting life. Help! ?

Please seek help: Being a new parent is stressful under the most normal of circumstances. With symptoms such as yours, it can be even more challenging. Please seek mental health support as soon as possible to help you with treatment of your anxiety. ...Read more

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Are all these symptoms normal for a 19year old, male (no major health problems) i'd like to state that i'm extremely stressed out and my anxiety is the main thing i need help on. So i'll go into detail about that; i feel kind of on auto-pilot a lot. Like

Hello. : Hello. This is a great question. It doesn't sound "normal" but you certainly don't sound crazy either. Your description makes me wonder if your anxiety is some what out of control. It doesn't sound like a comfortable place to be. Have you considered talking to a therapist or possibly seeing a psychiatrist? There many types of treatments (with and without medications) that might really help improve your quality of life. Think about getting some help. Take care. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety lead to HIV symptoms?

Can stress and anxiety lead to HIV symptoms?

No, except...: ...Insofar as that under stress and anxiety people tend to engage in riskier, tension relieving activity. ...Read more

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Can stress or anxiety cause stroke like symptoms?

Can stress or anxiety cause stroke like symptoms?

Possibly yes: Stress and anxiety will result elevated blood pressure and therefore it can cause stroke like symptoms. ...Read more

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Im not stressing myself anymore but still having anxiety symptoms. Is it normal and how to treat this.

Im not stressing myself anymore but still having anxiety symptoms. Is it normal and how to treat this.

CBT or Bupsirone: If you have gad, then Buspirone or cbt would be helpful, possibly both. You could also try natural supplements like l-theanine, kava kava, exercise, yoga, acupuncture, or passionaflower. Aroma therapy may be helpful. Perhaps there are treatments in the phillipines that we don't have in the us. Please let us know if there are. ...Read more

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I have had 9 months of chronic emotional stress and anxiety . What physical symptoms would i experience ?

I have had 9 months of chronic emotional stress and anxiety . What physical symptoms would i experience ?

Chronic stress: People with chronic emotional stress and anxiety experience a wide variety of physical symptoms. Mind, body, emotions and spirit are deeply interwoven and interconnected. Typical symptoms include gastrointestinal -- like stomach pain, nausea, & diarrhea; rapid heart rate & palpitations; shallow breathing and the sense of not getting enough air; dizziness; headaches; muscle aches like backaches. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have anxiety. Can 2 months stress about thinking about ectopic can bring physical symptoms of anxiety that mimic ectopic?

How can I know if I have anxiety. Can 2 months stress about thinking about ectopic can bring physical symptoms of anxiety that mimic ectopic?

If you are not : Pregnant and worried about getting pregnant or have=ing an ectopic pregnancy, it could bring on anxiety and symptoms similar to an ectopic pregnancy. Consider speaking with a psychotherapist about your fears. ...Read more

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Something either pneumonia 4 months ago, anxiety, stress, i don't know... Threw my breathing pattern off and i can't fix it. Causing horrible symptoms?

Seen a doc?: Sometimes, after the body has been ill, we stop trusting it, waiting for more symptoms. This increases the anxiety level, adds stress, lowers the autoimmune function, which can cause all kinds of symptoms, especially those that initially triggered the anxiety. Yoga can often help, lowering anxiety, regulating breathing and focusing on positive control of body functions. Avoid the word "can't". ...Read more

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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