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What's the difference between excessive worry and anxiety?

What's the difference between excessive worry and anxiety?

See below: In general, no difference. Anxiety in the clinical sense refers to "excessive worry" about a specific concern and/or generalized (sometimes referred to as free-floating) concern about a variety of issues. Sometimes an individual has difficulty identifying what they're worried about. The person should consider discussing with a doctor when it interferes with life-role functioning or distresses them. ...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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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 nurogical pain and anxiety?

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

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How to tell difference between anxiety and medical symptoms?

How to tell difference between anxiety and medical symptoms?

See a doctor: Anxiety can cause medical symptoms, and medical symptoms can cause anxiety. Please see your doctor for an exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the difference between anxiety and panic?

What's the difference between anxiety and panic?

Panic more intense: Anxiety is the apprehensive anticipation of future danger or misfortune accompanied by a feeling of tension or worry. Panic attacks involve a sudden intense apprehension, fearfulness, or terror, often associated with feelings of impending doom. The reaction may involve shortness of breath, heart racing, adrenaline response that may trigger feelings of losing control or going crazy. ...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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What's the difference between anxiety and actual panic?

What's the difference between anxiety and actual panic?

Severity mainly: "panic" means very severe anxiety, especially when it comes on fast (seconds or minutes) instead of building up over hours, and is accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart pounding, sweating, and trembling. It usually goes away soon. Sometimes the cause is known — medical or emotional — sometimes not. There are treatments, both medications and psychotherapy, that can help. ...Read more

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What is the difference between anxiety and anxiety disorder?

What is the difference between anxiety and anxiety disorder?

Anxiety is worrying: About things that may or may not happen, sometimes appropriately, sometimes not. Anxiety disorders & other psychiatric disorders are defined by sets of symptoms &/or observable behaviors that interfere with daily functioning at school or work & home. Except for adjustment disorders, the harmful dysfunction has lasted 6-12 mos. Or more, impairing eating/sleeping, work, relationships, health, etc. ...Read more

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What are the differences between "anxiety" and an "anxiety disorder"?

An anxiety disorder: Is just anxiety that causes significant distress or dysfunction. It's a matter of degree and how you manage the anxiety. Almost everyone has anxiety at times. If it doesn't cause significant problems or interfere with your life, it's not a disorder. ...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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Difference between stress and anxiety? How are they treated? How are they diagnosed?

Difference between stress and anxiety? How are they treated? How are they diagnosed?

May be synonymous: Often people say "i'm stressed, " when they mean "i'm anxious." but, not all stress leads to anxiety. If stress is defined as having a lot on one's plate and striving toward short and long-term goals, this does not necessarily lead to unpleasant anxiety. Perhaps this person is experiencing the flow of being engaged in life's challenges. Our interpretations of our circumstances affect how we feel. ...Read more

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What's the difference between having an anxiety disorder and not having an anxiety disorder?

What's the difference between having an anxiety disorder and not having an anxiety disorder?

A life on anxiety: The person with an anxiety disorder has a life of anxiety unless he gets good treatment. The person without an anxiety disorder, of course, doesn't have a life of anxiety... but probably still gets a bit anxious from time to time, as do all humans. ...Read more

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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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Is Calming Chronic Stress By Dr, Bell a good natural choice for stress and anxiety? How long should it take to see a difference?

Is Calming Chronic Stress By Dr, Bell a good natural choice for stress and anxiety? How long should it take to see a difference?

Therapy?: Self help books often only go so far. Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Suffer bad anxiety! Really bad aches & pains! The more I thnk more pains I get, will I no the difference between anxiety aches & pains and real pains?

Suffer bad anxiety! Really bad aches & pains! The more I thnk more pains I get, will I no the difference between anxiety aches & pains and real pains?

Treat anxiety: If you are feeling very anxious, focus first on the anxiety - seek help to manage your concerns, look for other reasons why you may be so anxious. Seek counsel, and ask for reassurance from your doctor about the specific symptoms you are having. ...Read more

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What are the differences between autism and social anxiety?

Autistic Spectrum: Disorder causes diminished or absent Theory Of Mind (TOM), face recognition, social communication & social reciprocity. TOM = the ability to understand that others may react to a stimulus differently than oneself or have a different point of view. Social Anxiety or Social Phobia, discomfort around social interaction & fear of being embarrassed & judged by others, has none of the above deficits. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in anxiety lightheaded or dizziness than ear dizziness?

4 types of dizziness: True vertigo implies feeling a violent spinning or pulling sensation due to discrepant inputs from the vestibular organs of the inner ear, Light headedness due to brain dysfunction (low BP, ischemia, lesion, intoxication etc). A third condition is unsteadiness from impaired transmission of signal from position sensors (cord syndrome or neuropathy) 4th is psychiatric (anxiety / Hyperventilation) ...Read more

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What's the difference between anxiety and allergies?

What's the difference between anxiety and allergies?

Allergy and anxiety: They have no relation to each other. ...Read more

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How do you distinguish the difference between anxiety and panic disorder?

How do you distinguish the difference between anxiety and panic disorder?

Anxiety or panic?: Anxiety might be characterized as a more constant background "noise" where panic crescendos or spikes with the anticipation of doom. Panic more rapidly escalates with many physical symptoms. There typically is an associated fear that one might die, lose control, "go crazy, " suffocate, or have a heart attack. Those with generalized anxiety might have a few physical symptoms and are worrywarts. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between anxiety and sporadic familial insomnia?

How can I tell the difference between anxiety and sporadic familial insomnia?

Insomnia: Familial insomnia will be present for a long time and it will be a trait of yours, anxiety will induce insomnia when you started having it, the timeline will be a guide. ...Read more

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