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Can a physical health problem cause anxiety?

Can a physical health problem cause anxiety?

Yes, but...: Most of the time, anxiety is just what it appears to be--a psychological problem that should be treated psychologically (i.e., with psychotherapy). Some medical conditions can cause similar symptoms. If your doc has ruled out likely medical causes, see a psychologist/psychiatrist. Don't keep searching for ever-more obscure ; unlikely medical explanations. If it looks like anxiety, it probably is. ...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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Is stuttering sound like a behavioral problem or a mental health issue?

Is stuttering sound like a behavioral problem or a mental health issue?

A problem?: All can be a mental health issue when the stuttering affects self-esteem, communication, and relationships with others. Stuttering can be treated, and a diagnosis needs to be made since the symptoms are multi-determined. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy a mental health problem or something neurological?

Is narcolepsy a mental health problem or something neurological?

Sleep disorder: Narcolepsy is a genetic disorder affecting brain chemicals which control sleep patterns, and really involves multiple symptom complexes. It is not a psychiatric disorder in the classical sense, but many psychiatrists could certainly handle the problem and achieve good control. ...Read more

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Why are eating disorders both a mental health problem and a physical health problem?

Why are eating disorders both a mental health problem and a physical health problem?

Eating disorders: They can be a physical health problem because being overweight or underweight physically taxes the body and can be lethal in extreme vases of morbid obesity or anorexia. The eating is a physical manifestation of unprocessed, and often deeply conflicted emotions that can be quite extreme in some patients. ...Read more

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Child mental health problems. How common are the real psychiatric problems, not autism or add?

Child mental health problems.  How common are the real psychiatric problems, not autism or add?

Wow, where to begin?: I'm not sure what's "not real" about autism or adhd; but, in prepubertal children, there's also anxiety, sometimes depression, & learning disabilities. After puberty, depression and anxiety increase markedly, as do eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder. Not counting adhd (8-10% of the population), in any one year, serious other illness affect about 10-12% of the child population. ...Read more

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Could jumpiness be a major mental health problem?

Could jumpiness be a major mental health problem?

Perhaps: Some people are just a little anxious, but it doesn't impair their ability to function. However, "jumpiness" or increased startle response could be a sign of posttraumatic stress disorder. It could also indicate that a person is very tense as a result of anxiety. I'd say if it a person finds the jumpiness is causing problems functioning then it would be worth consulting with a psychologist. ...Read more

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Might a heart problem cause mental illness?

Might a heart problem cause mental illness?

No: Some pts with poorly functioning hearts and poor cerebral perfusion can have menral status changes from time to time. But not otherwise. Some congenital diseases may have mental retardation and heart problems but theres no cause and effect relationship with heart dz and mental illness. ...Read more

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What is a job for someone with anxiety / social problems?

What is a job for someone with anxiety / social problems?

Solve the problem: Anxiety can be quite unpleasant if it lasts over time or frequently appears in specific situations. The good news about anxiety is that it tends to respond well to treatment with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. It's important to note that anxiety often leads people to avoid feared social situations. Avoidance often provides immediate relief but worsens anxiety over time. ...Read more

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Are anxiety attacks a long term health issue?

Are anxiety attacks a long term health issue?

NOT NECESSARILY: Anxiety may be temporary or long-term, such as phobias caused by situations (e.g., fear of heights). We often worry about things that will never happen. Yet, the feelings of anxiety are real. Its symptoms can be addressed with supplements (e.g., theonine) or medicines (e.g., xanax), depending on their severity. It also helps to take positive actions to overcome challenges and resolve problems. ...Read more

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Can atenelol cause negative thoughts like fear or health anxiety?

Can atenelol cause negative thoughts like fear or health anxiety?

Atenolol Side effect: Per Drugs.Com, side effects may include: "Discouragement, feeling sad or empty, irritability, lack of appetite, loss of interest or pleasure, trouble concentrating trouble sleeping, anxiety". ...Read more

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Causes of depression that might be an ongoing problem? Family, job, money>whats worse?

Causes of depression that might be an ongoing problem? Family, job, money>whats worse?

Resolving problems: Any circumstances in life can precipitate a depressive episode. Usually, when this occurs there are feelings of hopelessness and helplessness to resolve the problem. The problem feels overwhelming to us and we lack the confidence to do anything about it. Talking to a mental health professional about the specific problem and whether there is depression is an important first step. ...Read more

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Does heartbreak cause heart problems or health problems?

Does heartbreak cause heart problems or health problems?

Yes , kind of: Strong emotional events such as loss of a loved one can cause what's called broken heart syndrome or taku tsubo which can present like a heart attack with no evidence of blockages but with weak heart muscle and usually responds to medical therapy and improves with time. ...Read more

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Could jumpiness be a mental health problem?

Could jumpiness be a mental health problem?

Could Be Anxiety: High levels of anxiety can cause a release of adrenaline that gives us that "nervous energy" that can make us figety or jumpy. We can also develp an exaggerated startle response, especially with ptsd. ...Read more

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How might a physical health problem affect your social health?

How might a physical health problem affect your social health?

See: http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-relationship-between-mental-and-physical-health/

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Heard that hypnosis can solve a lot of mental disorder. Can it cure anxiety?

At times yes: See an established hypnotherapist and discuss. Last evening i hypnotized a patient with 6 months of no sleep and anxiety. The anxiety was gone and he slept 6 hours after one session. That's not going to happen for everybody, but shows just how effective it can be. ...Read more

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I care too much for other peoples feelings. Is this a serious issue?

Could be: If you are too burdened by the feelings of others to take care of yourself and/or to function in your work and close relationships. ...Read more

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Can stress w/o any other health issues, cause you to have a heart attack? I suffer from anxiety but otherwise have a clean bill of health.

Can stress w/o any other health issues, cause you to have a heart attack? I suffer from anxiety but otherwise have a clean bill of health.

No: In order to have a heart attack you need to have some underlying issues that affect your heart, such as cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Anxiety can make you feel like you are having a heart attack but shouldn't cause one if you are otherwise cardio-vascularly healthy. ...Read more

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