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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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Anxiety making me physically sick. Help please? What should I do?

Anxiety making me physically sick. Help please? What should I do?

Anxiety: Check with your md. He/she may give you medication or refer you to a mental health professional if all ok physically. ...Read more

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Why is anxiety making me so ill? Bp goes up over 100 for lower number.

BP and "anxiety": Your body is made to respond to challenges with BP increases and adjustments. Learn to do mindfulness meditation; google this or find any short book on it, and teach your body to relax. If your "lower number" is hitting 100, with or without "anxiety" then your blood pressure is not yet optimally controlled, so keep working with your doc. Allow any stressing over your BP numbers to disappear. ...Read more

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In your med opinion, how long do you think the horrible effects after anxiety attack last making you feel ill,weak,sob and etc? Thanks

In your med opinion, how long do you think the horrible effects after anxiety attack last making you feel ill,weak,sob and etc? Thanks

Until they stop: Usually, panic attacks are pretty time limited. Seconds to a peak and remit within about 30 minutes at the outside. In a severe panic attack, you might feel as you describe for a couple hours. Anything lasting longer probably needs re-evaluation for depression or other conditions not yet diagnosed. ...Read more

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Im not suicidal but my anxiety and depersonalization is really making me feel that way will it ever go away? Im really scares that ill loose it

Yes: with treatment from your psychiatrist, you will have the best chance of controlling the symptoms and get better. You need to do your best to let your psychiatrist know what you are experiencing. ...Read more

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Anxiety ruining life! I've tried groups, forums, counselling and breathing exercises nothing works please help. Its general anxiety its making me ill?

Anxiety ruining life! I've tried groups, forums, counselling and breathing exercises nothing works please help. Its general anxiety its making me ill?

You don't say....: ....That you have tried any kind of medication. Please, see your md and ask about meds for anxiety. Unless you have bipolar disorder, which would be a contraindication to taking an antidepressant alone, the ssri's are the first line treatment for chronic anxiety. Don't let it ruin your life. Get help! ...Read more

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How do I relax my father when he wakes up at night from anxiety disorder and unwanted OCD thought making him very ill and causing sleepless nights?

Meds and CBT: Nocturnal ocd like nocturnal panic attacks can be especially tricky because you don't have any way to see it coming. Make we have it correctly identified and that he get educated on various treatment techniques. Meds and cbt can be helpful. ...Read more

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What symptoms should I expect from drinking way too much diet soda? Worsening anxiety/depression/tics/etc. curious if it's making me physically sick?

What symptoms should I expect from drinking way too much diet soda? Worsening anxiety/depression/tics/etc. curious if it's making me physically sick?

No Diet.: Hi, Thank you for your question. The reason I don't drink diet sodas is that it is known to increase cravings for carbohydrates. It can also cause migraine headaches. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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I feel anxious/ill a lot of the time..Anxiety, what can I do?

Anxiety: Talk 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). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. There are a # of ways. ...Read more

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How can anxiety make you feel physically when you're not having an attack?

Anxiety: Primarily worn down, lethargic, and without energy. Anxiety attacks take a huge amount of energy out of the body, and therefore exhaust the sufferer. ...Read more

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Sometimes I am unable to physically move due to anxiety. How do I treat this?

Sometimes I am unable to physically move due to anxiety. How do I treat this?

Many sources: Anxiety can come from chemical imbalances, a side effect of medications, external stressors, too much change in too short a period of time, and other areas. I would say go to a reputable psychotherapist immediately and talk about what anxiety means to YOU. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety be respsonible for physically illness?

Can stress and anxiety be respsonible for physically illness?

Absolutely!: I've provided a visual to help you see just how many ways the major stress hormone can hurt your body. And there are other impacts too! it's one reason why it is so very important to find a way to reduce stress in your life before stress reduces your life. There are many good practices for stress reduction - find one that fits you and make it a center to your daily mental hygiene. (pun intended.). ...Read more

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Past 2 nights, drifting to sleep then my body physically jolts. Why? No nightmare, no anxiety.

Past 2 nights, drifting to sleep then my body physically jolts. Why? No nightmare, no anxiety.

Sleep disruption: Often people will be woken up by dreams but not remember content, that doesn't mean it wasn't a dream. I teach my No More Nightmares class with thePlanned Dream Intervention skill that teaches the sleeping brain there is no such thing as a bad dream, so you sleep through your dreams and don't have the movement. Please see the No More Nightmares book and training. ...Read more

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Anxiety and headaches, plus ill feeling? Any ideas?

Anxiety and headaches, plus ill feeling?  Any ideas?

See your doctor: Anxiety, headaches, and "ill feeling" can all be manifestations of stress. However, there are other possible causes also. Your primary care physician will be able to evaluate and investigate these symptoms, plus recommend courses of treatment or suggest referrals. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Under stress, anxiety not eating right. Lost 12 lbs in 1month 3 wks. Dr thinks once stress is better ill stop losing. Sound right? I'm worried

Could be: You need to have a check up and labs done to make sure everything else is fine.This is a significant amount of weight loss and it could be due to stress and anxiety but other medical conditions need to be ruled out too. ...Read more

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I have severe night anxiety. New script: 30mg tamazepam, 10 mg valium, 5 hours after taking these i took another val. I feel ill. Is this normal?

Too much sedatives: Taking significant amounts of anxiolytics (sedative medication), and then following by taking a sleeping pill in the same medication family is guaranteed not only to make you feel poorly, but is a potential recipe for addiction or overdose. A better approach would be to ask you physician to prescribe a medicine in the antidepressant family for both problems. Even better, consider counseling. ...Read more

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I have physical symptoms of tremors lightheadness ill feelings. Been tested for almost everything possible. All normal. Idnt feel anxious. Anxiety?

Anxiety: Anxiety is a subjective state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, sweating, palpitations, tremors, and fatigue. See you pcp for the referral. ...Read more

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What can be worse for you physically; anxiety or depression?

Maybe depression: They both are not good although depression theoretically could lead to suicide if severe. However there is some literature that contends that the presence of anxiety in any psychiatric presentation increases the risk of suicide considerably and so it should be considered as well. Stay safe! ...Read more