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What is the difference between nervousness and anxiety, if there really is one? Is anxiety a higher degree of nervousiness?

What is the difference between nervousness and anxiety, if there really is one? Is anxiety a higher degree of nervousiness?

Semantics: People describe nervousness but medically it is called anxiety. Anxiety can be related to certain events and can be normal. If excessive or impacting functioning, sleep or affecting body such sa crampos, mucle tichness, shaking, intestinal problems- you may need an ssri that increases serotin. Good luck! ...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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Anxiety or serious disease!? What is the difference?

Anxiety or serious disease!? What is the difference?

Every one feels : Anxious at some point. However, some people have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Sometimes the worst thing about anxiety is the just not being able to put your >. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sedative anti anxiety drug and one that increases serotonin? what is the difference in how they make you feel?

What is the difference between a sedative anti anxiety drug and one that increases  serotonin? what is the difference in how they make you feel?

Mechanism of Action: Different anxiolytic meds target different neurotransmitter systems. 'Sedatives' usually refer to drugs that modulate GABA in some way, e.g. benzodiazepines, and are usually very effective immediately, however a small percentage (about 2%) will develop dependency/addiction problems. Other medications target serotonin and noradrenergic pathways, can take weeks to work, but aren't habit forming. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder?

I want to know what is the difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder?

Chronic vs Normal: Anxiety is a process that we all experience that involves thoughts of uncontrollability & unpredictability of future events, negative affect (emotion), & physiological arousal. Preparedness for danger so to speak. If this process is chronic & causes significant distress & impairment in functioning, then can become an anxiety disorder of which there are several types. Anxiety can be good. ...Read more

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What is difference twiching fasciculations? Or is it the same?

What is  difference twiching fasciculations? Or is it the same?

Essentially the same: Fasciculations are spontaneous contractions of the muscle. They are often isolated and they may be visible. They are often benign but can also be seen in some neurological disorders. I would get further evaluation. An EMG study can help better evaluate these symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Job related anxiety?

What is the definition or description of: Job related anxiety?

Job related anxiety: Anxiety from work stress is one of the leading causes of stress. Difficulty relating to boss or co-workers can generate a lot of anxiety. Human Relations departments in businesses help people cope. Large corps often down-size giving more work to workers and hiring less people to do the work. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the difference between panic and anxiety?

Physical symptoms: Panic (attack) is a type of anxiety. Anxiety is excessive worry or apprehension that causes feelings of restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, fatigueness, and muscle tension. Whereas, panic is intense fear or discomfort that occurs abruptly resulting in heart papitations, sweating, trembling, chest pain, breathing difficulty, dizziness, fear of dying, nausea. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between panic disorder and a nervous breakdown?

Need advice on what is the the difference between panic disorder and a nervous breakdown?

Dx vs layman's term: Nervous breakdown is not a medical term, nor does it describe a specific mental illness. But that doesn't mean it's a normal response to stress. A nervous breakdown may indicate an underlying mental health problem that needs attention, such as depression or anxiety. Each person's may be different. Panic disorder is a dsm dx. Talk with a therapist to understand and help with what is wrong. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dysphasia and aphasia, or is it the same?

What is the difference between dysphasia and aphasia, or is it the same?

Partial vs. complete: aphasia refers to a complete inability to communicate due to brain injury, while dysphasia refers to a partial to complete inability. Both terms are used interchangeably. It could be due to any type of injury, from stroke to brain injury, to brain tumor. Usually involving the left side of the brain. ...Read more

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Does a depression cause a repression and what is the difference between both of them?

Does a depression cause a repression and what is the difference between both of them?

No: Depression is a normal human emotion in response to adverse life events, such as meaningful losses. It can also be a symptom of various mental disorders when it occurs with other symptoms. Repression is the ejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses. It's a coping response that temporarily protects the psyche from distress. ...Read more

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What is the difference between phobias and just being crazy?

What is the difference between phobias and just being crazy?

What's normal?: Crazy is hurting others senselessly. It is not a psychiatric term but a term of prejudice and derision. This is an offensive question in that it demeans the suffering that people who have excessive fears experience. Phobias are conditioned fear responses that are irrational-like pavlovs dogs. They can be one or many. See my book psychiatry in technocolors on amazon.Com. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Stranger anxiety?

What is the definition or description of: Stranger anxiety?

9 mo: Normal social milestone a baby develops typically between 6-12mo when an unfamiliar adult is around and the baby cries. ...Read more

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Please tell me if anxiety is the cause of hypertension?

Please tell me if anxiety is the cause of hypertension?

Stress may lead to: hypertension by constricting surface blood vessels as part of the fight/flight response. If this emergency response is set off too often or stays on too long, blood pressure may become persistently elevated. Skin temperature biofeedback is an effective treatment. Check www.Bcia.Org & www.Aapb.Org for biofeedback professionals & more information. But first, check with your MD for other causes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between carvedilol and propranolol? Why is propranolol much use for panic or anxiety attack? Thank you.

What is the difference between carvedilol and propranolol? Why is propranolol much use for panic or anxiety attack? Thank you.

Different BETA: blockers have different effects on the RECEPTORS (beta and alpha) that they act upon. There is a lot more DATA and EXPERIMENTAL studies with the use of PROPRANALOL ("Inderal") (One of the "first" beta blockers ever used) and its effect upon anxiety (eg "stage fright") Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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What is it called if fear of crowds?

What is it called if  fear of crowds?

Agoraphobia: Both. The greek translation is fear of the marketplace. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell whether anxiety is the main problem or is depression the main problem?

Is there a way to tell whether anxiety is the main problem or is depression the main problem?

Anxiety and: depression are like two sides of a coin, often going together. Treating either side will help the other. Consider seeing a mental health professional. "Feeling Good" is a good self-help book for mood disorders but you need to do the exercises, not simply read it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between claustrophobia and just generally anxious?

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Is there a difference between claustrophobia and just generally anxious?

Anxious: Claustrophobia is fear of closed spaced or entrapment, a specific fear. Generalized anxiety is being anxious & apprehensive with no specific identifiable fearfyl object. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nurogical pain and anxiety?

Nerve and emotional: Neurologic pain refers to pain caused by something affecting the nerve pathway, anxiety refers to your emotional or mental status. ...Read more