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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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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 hyperventilation due to lung problem or neurological problem?

Is hyperventilation due to lung problem or neurological problem?

Could be either: Your body is set to breath only as much as you need oxygen or have to rid carbon dioxide. If the lungs become diseased and cannot perform its normal function, the body will respond by causing a higher respiratory minute volume(both rate and depth of breathing). Certain central nervous system problems may cause increased minute volume also, such as heavy alcohol intoxication, high fever. ...Read more

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Anxiety causing palpitations, or having a true heart problem?

Anxiety causing palpitations, or having a true heart problem?

Hard to say: Anxiety can cause palpitations in someone who does not have a heart problem. However, abnormal fast heart rhythms can make you anxious. Wearing a heart monitor can help sort out if you have an abnormal heart rhythm. ...Read more

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Could an increased anxiety problem cause recurrent migraines?

Could an increased anxiety problem cause recurrent migraines?

Yes.: Migraines can be triggered by many things, including anxiety or stress. Biofeedback therapy has proven effective for migraines and muscle tension headaches. Many people have both types of headaches. ...Read more

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Can self harm be a mental disorder or is it an underlying cause for depression or something else?

Can self harm be a mental disorder or is it an underlying cause for depression or something else?

It could: It could be due to a personality disorder or it could be due to depression and sometimes even as a relief for anxiety. Iit could be a means to seek attention as well. See a mental health professional who can help further with appropriate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can it be a symptom of underlying disease? Or anxiety habit?

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It?: Not sure what u r referring to as "it" , but would be glad to help if u would clarify & resubmit. ...Read more

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What to do if serious nerveous / anxiety problems?

What to do if serious nerveous / anxiety problems?

Start w a med: eval. It may uncover underlying medical problems that need to be addressed. Cognitive Behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Take care. ...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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Can emotional problems cause a serious physical ones?

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Can emotional problems cause a serious physical ones?

Emotional: Some can interfere with metabolism and cause serious physical problems, such as eating disorders, alcohol dependence & severe depression. ...Read more

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Could tramadol cause anxiety and breathing problems?

Yes : Tramadol has the potential to effect breathing and to cause anxiety. ...Read more

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What could cause migraines, severe digestive problems and psychiatric problems?

What could cause migraines, severe digestive problems and psychiatric problems?

Depends: It sounds like you are looking for a single cause for these problems. It may be several problems that occur at the same time rather than one disorder. That being said, migraine and digestive symptoms are sometimes a result of emotional problems. Since you do not give details, I cannot answer specifically. Please reask the question with more detail. ...Read more

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Problems with pills. Is there condition like swallowing anxiety or something else?

Problems with pills. Is there condition like swallowing anxiety or something else?

Some people do: Have trouble swallowing pills, despite being able to swallow a large piece of steak. So yes, in some cases it is anxiety related. For others, they forget to take a swallow of water before talking the pill--which really helps if you have dry mouth. ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause vision problems?

Yes: Anxiety can cause a range of disturbances in vision, including blurriness, tunnel vision, eye strain, and other problems. Some of the symptoms may be due to surges in adrenaline that accompany anxiety. The vision problems are not serious in themselves, but definitely see a mental health professional and get treatment for your anxiety, which should include psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Can untreated anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder lead to thyroid problems, for example hyperthyroidism? Thank you

Can untreated anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder lead to thyroid problems, for example hyperthyroidism? Thank you

Vice-versa: Hyperthyroidism can cause nervousness, anxiety & irritability, not the other way 'round. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyperthyroidism/basics/symptoms/con-20020986. ...Read more

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Can panic disorder cause heart problems?

Can panic disorder cause heart problems?

Not any time soon: Yes, a long lifetime of stress, anxiety and panic can damage all of your bodily systems and the cardiovascular one is a major risk - but it takes a long time. The panic attack 'feels' like a heart attack and many ER visits for suspected HA turn out to be false alarms. At your age panic is much more likely. But you can learn skills in CBT therapy on how to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. Try it! ...Read more

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Social anxiety or something else more serious. Who can diagnose it?

Social anxiety or something else more serious. Who can diagnose it?

Psychiatrist: A well trained, experienced psychiatrist is the short answer. Since the range of symptoms from discomfort to paralyzing anxiety in general to specific interaction or even severe avoidance, a skilled & thorough evaluation should clarify what is experienced as well as the underlying cause. So the difficulty may range from incidental or relatively contained to initial sx. Of schizophrenia. Serious! ...Read more

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Help! Is 'angina' a serious issue?

Help! Is 'angina' a serious issue?

Can be: It can be serious, especially if it's of new onset, getting more frequent, more severe, coming on with less effort, or lasting longer. ...Read more

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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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