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Panic attacks at work, new supervisor. Please help?

Panic attacks at work, new supervisor. Please help?

Social Phobia: Panic attacks due to new supervisor at work indicates anxiety for feeling judged or evaluated in your job. If panic attacks only occur in this situation, you may be suffering of social phobia, a treatable anxiety disorder. See a psychotherapist specialized in cognitive-behavioral treatment of social phobia. Expected results are more effective confident social interactions. ...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


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R claustraphobia, agoraphobia and anxiety all related?

R claustraphobia, agoraphobia and anxiety all related?

Yes: These are all various anxiety disorders, all have quite a bit of overlap. ...Read more

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Brintellix can work for panic social anxiety in general anxiety?

Brintellix can work for panic social anxiety in general anxiety?

Quite possibly: Brintellix (Vortioxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with an FDA indication for Major Depressive Disorder. It could be tried off- label for anxiety disorders. I have not personally prescribed this medication. ...Read more

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Bf's online current events/political social media addiction causes intolerable financial&emotional anxiety.NOTHING I try helps@all.Should we separate?

Bf's online current events/political social media addiction causes intolerable financial&emotional anxiety.NOTHING I try helps@all.Should we separate?

No one can tell you: Clearly you are not content and feel unable to find a solution for changing him. I think it would be a mistake to trust any 'yes/no' answer to your '?'. It might be the way this will go, but there may be other options too. Try to find a therapist to help you think t through and perhaps provide or refer for couples Tx. Be patient as you seek a solution - it will help. ...Read more

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Symptoms: distracted behavior, wrong words e.G.: caller "id" instead of call "waiting", monday not friday, history anxiety, depression...Very frightened?

Symptoms: distracted behavior, wrong words e.G.: caller "id" instead of call "waiting", monday not friday, history anxiety, depression...Very frightened?

First check mood: Distraction and cognition difficulties can occur with anxiety or depression. Is there a recent stressor or event that has caused your mood to change? Are you frightened that you have a form of dementia or of something else? I would recommend seeing a mental health professional for further answers. ...Read more

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Psychiatrist stop paxil, (paroxetine) seroquel, lithium (bipolar1) & inderal (social phobia, agarophobia, panic attack) all together at once 2 w ago. Opinion?

Psychiatrist stop paxil, (paroxetine) seroquel, lithium (bipolar1) & inderal (social phobia, agarophobia, panic attack) all together at once 2 w ago. Opinion?

Combo: Depending on the dose & reasons why all med's. were stopped, & also how long you were taking them. Those factors determine whether withdrawal symptoms would occur. I recommend gradual tapering. ...Read more

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Can people with cri du chat syndrome communicate?

Delayed but do talk: Most cri du chat patients are able to communicate in short sentences by the age of ten. Their receptive language is more advanced than their expressive skills, but will remain quite limited. ...Read more

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Question about social anxiety--is that just extreme shyness?

Question about social anxiety--is that just extreme shyness?

Avoidance & Drea: Shyness is not same as social anxiety. People w/social anxiety repeatedly avoid social situations b/c they dread feeling embarrassed or judged/shamed by others. (See http://ow.ly/EXo0z) Gradual exposure 2 those sitn's -easier ones at 1st, then harder-really helps. Tools 4 managing social anx: http://ow.ly/EXnfP | But anything that interferes w/building relationships seems worth working on! ...Read more

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What sssri for social phobia and agoraphobia?

What sssri for social phobia  and agoraphobia?

Meds: Anxiety meds are anxiety meds. It doesn't really matter what type of anxiety we are talking about be at social or any other type. There is no one single medication that is best for anxiety. Finding the medication that's right for the patient is often a Time consuming matter of trial and error. This means finding the right medicationfor the right patient, taken in the right dosage. ...Read more

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38/f, depression, migraines, exhaustion, flu symptoms with period. On depression meds- unhelpful. Living in japan, local doctors unhelpful. ?

38/f, depression, migraines, exhaustion, flu symptoms with period. On depression meds- unhelpful. Living in japan, local doctors unhelpful. ?

Are you seeing: A psychiatrist or primary care physician? Have you met with a psychologist to talk about your depression? If you are not getting the help you need consult with another professional for a second opinion. There are different kinds of treatment for depression , cognitive behavioral, analytic, different medications to try. Don't get discouraged try a different approach. ...Read more

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Fear of crowds, claustrophobia at rock concert treatment ideas?

Fear of crowds, claustrophobia at  rock concert treatment ideas?

Hang back: Practically every rock concert has an area to chill out, away from the stage and the pushy concert-goers, but within earshot of the music. If you are not afraid of heights, try the last row of seats in the balcony, near an exit and usually pretty open. Avoid drinking or getting high, since a loss of control might precipitate anxiety. Chill out, enjoy the music and leave before/during the encore. ...Read more

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So does the Tele psychiatry mean you can prescribe meds for pre-ddx'ed adhd, gad, social phobia?

So does the Tele psychiatry mean you can prescribe meds for pre-ddx'ed adhd, gad, social phobia?

No: Medications used for ADHD are schedule II, controlled medications. This requires that prescription can only be made to an actual patient who has been examined to be sure the medicaion is appropriate. ADHD, and anxiety medicationsrequire a prescription from a doctor to an actual patient. A tele psych could consult to your doctor, who could then prescribe the medicines. ...Read more

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Facial sweating social phobia panic attacks what's a good medication treatment? No ssri due to sexual problems w them.

Facial sweating social phobia panic attacks what's a good medication treatment? No ssri due to sexual problems w them.

CBT therapy: Especially if it is relatively isolated to situations like this that, while errorenous, make some sense, therapy where you can learn skills to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety is what I'd urge. Medications do work for symptom relief in some but they don't change the fact that you have problems living your life. It's a great value! Learn to live better. ...Read more

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Suggestions for uninsured 32yo woman to work through health phobias at home? Books, audio, internet sites? Out of work, no money to see counselor :-(

Resources: Books on cognitive-behavioral therapy by aaron beck or david burns, specifically to treat phobias and anxiety disorders. You need grounding in the cognitive model to understand your thinking, feeling and avoidant behavior better. Browse for titles on amazon then go to the library or bookstore for reading. ...Read more

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Fear of crowds, claustrophobia at a concert treatment ideas?

Fear of crowds, claustrophobia at a concert treatment ideas?

Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia is a fear of public spaces. Included but are not limited to, wide-open spaces, and uncontrollable social situations such as may be met in shopping malls, airports, and rock concerts. Exposure treatment, systematic desensitization, cognitive restructuring and relaxation techniques are often useful to stop or prevent the anxiety and panic associated with agoraphobia. ...Read more

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Chat with dermatologist online free?

Chat with dermatologist online free?

Free Health Care: I do not believe there is such a service. I do know that you can go to public health clinics for a sliding scale fee and that is where i would advise you to start. Regular family medicine office visits are also not expensive when you compare the cost of seeing specialists or going to an er. ...Read more

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Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

That is a lot going : On ; it doesn't sound like fun. Take on a little "can do" attitude. Encourage you to enlist the care of a good psychiatrist as well as a therapist/ psychologist. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). ...Read more

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Is klonopin (clonazepam) the answer to social phobia?

Just a temporary fix: The real treatment, will be a combination of cognitive behavior therapy, with or without anti-anxiety medications, depending in the severity of the symptoms. The goal is that you will be able to control your phobia through learning different tool to put mind over mood, and stop the medications. It may take 3-6 months or longer, but it will help you feel a lot better in the long run. ...Read more

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