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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety Disorder (Overview)

Anxiety disorders include excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is anticipation of future threat. from http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.dsm05


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How does anxiety disorder differ from adjustment disorder?

How does anxiety disorder differ from adjustment disorder?

Situation: Although they can overlap, anxiety disorders are thought to arise mostly from the person's temperament, whereas adjustment disorders are, by definition, associated with some sort of outside condition that is "causing" the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,079 doctors shared insights

Anxiety Disorder (Overview)

Anxiety disorders include excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is anticipation of future threat. from http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.dsm05


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How common is it for paresthesia to be a symptom of anxiety disorder? Have panic attacks sometimes and paresthesia sometimes but never at same time.

How common is it for paresthesia to be a symptom of anxiety disorder?  Have panic attacks sometimes and paresthesia sometimes but never at same time.

Yes: Although they usually go together it is common for panic attacks and paresthesias to be linked. The common link is a change in sympathetic tone and usually and change in Ph. This causes the chest pain with the panic attack and the abnormal activity of the peripheral nerves. ...Read more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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What are the symptoms of anxiety disorder?

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorder?

Various: There are several different types of anxiety disorders, ranging from generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder and others such as social anxiety, etc. Generalized anxiety is marked by excessive worry, motor tension, feeling overwhelmed, and restlessness. Often times, sleep will be impaired. Treatment of anxiety disorders may involve medication and/ or cognitive psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Is it true that biting the first layer of skin off you lips and biting the skin around your fingernails are signs of anxiety disorders?

Is it true that biting the first layer of skin off you lips and biting the skin around your fingernails are signs of anxiety disorders?

BFRBs & Anxiety: Skin / fingernail biting/picking is a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) - like hair pulling. BFRBs are closely associated w anxiety disorders. They can arise in response to (a) emotions (anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement); &/or (b) sensing rough areas skin (like cracked skin on lips). BFRBs can feel pleasurable & can serve 2 relieve tension. Effective behavioral treatments available. ...Read more

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If I think someone has an anxiety disorder, should I ask the person to read up on it and see if he agrees with the symptoms/diagnosis?

If I think someone has an anxiety disorder, should I ask the person to read up on it and see if he agrees with the symptoms/diagnosis?

Yes: It's always worthwhile to try to get people to learn more about themselves. Your friend may be more likely to take seriously what he/she reads. ...Read more

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Diagnosed anxiety disorder 2 weeks ago.Had a check up last wk, all ok.Feel tired, giddy, panicy, down, could cry sick of being scared tense is it my disorder?

Diagnosed anxiety disorder 2 weeks ago.Had a check up last wk, all ok.Feel tired, giddy, panicy, down, could cry sick of being scared tense is it my disorder?

See previous answer: Please refer to my previous answers on anxiety. Anxiety d/o's manifests with physical symptoms (like yours) , emotional , cognitive (thoughts ) ; "avoidance". The physical symptoms in anxiety are true ; not immagined, can be measured clinically, however they are not emerging from a heart, lung or stomach disease, rather from some misfiring in comand center in the brain . Help is effetive. ...Read more

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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Maintain cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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What are the signs that I have an anxiety disorder?

It depends: There are many different types of anxiety disorders. Some involve worry, others repetitive thoughts and/or actions, excessive startle or panic attacks. If you are having symptoms that you think are related to an anxiety disorder that interfere with your functioning or cause you significant distress, see your doctor for further assessment. ...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