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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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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 sleep apnea an sign of something else underlying or something more serious?

Is sleep apnea an sign of something else underlying or something more serious?

Not usually...: although sleep apnea can lead to bad health consequences and should be treated as a condition unto itself. ...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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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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Could sleep deprivation cause an 8 minute long seizure, or is it more likely something medically undiagnosed?

Could sleep deprivation cause an 8 minute long seizure, or is it more likely something medically undiagnosed?

Get checked: You should not be having an 8 minute seizure even if you're sleep-deprived. Get with a competent neurologist and if nothing else turns up, this would be a diagnosis of exclusion. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is this heat rash or something more serious?

Is this heat rash or something more serious?

Submit documentation: You will need to submit photo documentation and/or see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Could sudden heartburn be a symptom of something more serious than just acid reflux?

Could sudden heartburn be a symptom of something more serious than just acid reflux?

Easy...: Figuring out the cause will look for all the possible reasons. You need to see someone and discuss just how often, and how severe your symptoms are. ...Read more

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Can a face feeling hot mean anything serious or just anxiety and stress? Or heart or something else?

Can a face feeling hot mean anything serious or just anxiety and stress? Or heart or something else?

Anxiety: Stress is part of journey of our life. It can cause Anxiety or physical symptoms, more so “when feeling hot mean anything serious” • Believe in Healing Powers of Your Body. • Feel Peace in a State Park. • Release your upsetting feelings • Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds. Have Therapy for stresses and for coping skills. ...Read more

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Would it be common to feel angry about chronic pain or mental health issues?

Would it be common to feel angry about chronic pain or mental health issues?

Anger about pain: & mental health issues is normal, especially if your conditions seem unfair to you. It's just that anger isn't helpful. It just adds to your distress. ...Read more

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Can lower back pain be a symptom of a serious health issue or something more than just a poor matress.

Can lower back pain be a symptom of a serious health issue or something more than just a poor matress.

Could be serious: The link between back pain and mattresses is somewhat dubious, but there is at least one study showing that a majority of patients did better with a medium firm mattress. Certainly if you have a completely worn out mattress, a new mattress would be advised. Any pain has the potential to be something serious, which is why we always recommend evaluation with a physician if your symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Can daily migraines be a sign of something more serious? What?

Can daily migraines be a sign of something more serious? What?

Need Consultation: Migraines are the brain telling you that you are not getting enough blood to feed the brain tissue. This can lead to strokes and other serious conditions. Have a neurologist and a dentist that is extremely good with treating TMJ do an evaluation on you. ...Read more

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Is vertigo a symptom of something more serious?

Is vertigo a symptom of something more serious?

It can be: Vertigo is either peripheral due to problems in the ear or central due to problems in the back part of the brain or brainstem. Infections or pressure in the ear can cause attacks of vertigo. Tumors of the nerve to the ear may cause vertigo. Disorders of the brain are more complex. Dysfunction of brain may occur due to blood pressure problems, vascular disease, tumors, medications, etc. ...Read more

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Do you know if nerve related problems are more serious than other health related problems?

Do you know if nerve related problems are more serious than other health related problems?

Hard to Say: Nerve Injuries or pain syndromes are so different that it really depends on what the reasons are for the problem. See a doctor that treats nerve injuries specifically for more info and help. ...Read more

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Do you think that these "trolls" on the internet are symptomatic of a more serious or potentially dangerous underlying issue like an antisocial personality or a violent paranoid schizophrenic?

Do you think that these "trolls" on the internet are symptomatic of a more serious or potentially dangerous underlying issue like an antisocial personality or a violent paranoid schizophrenic?

Hard to really say: It would very difficult to answer this question in any meaningful way without a mental health professional either conducting a study, or formally evaluating the individual doing the trolling. ...Read more

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Can extra stress and anxiety lead to nausea, other stomach problems, headache, muscle twitching and hypersensitivity? Or is this something else?

Can extra stress and anxiety lead to nausea, other stomach problems, headache, muscle twitching and hypersensitivity? Or is this something else?

Yes and yes ...: Stress can have a lot of physical effects but it could be something else as well. If getting worse or if not improving when Your stress improves see your MD. Also, check out this site for tips on how to manage stress and healthy living. ...Read more

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Could these migraines be a sign of something more serious?

Could these migraines be a sign of something more serious?

Possibly: With symptoms lasting this long you need to be seen by your doctor who will examine and test you to see what's wrong. ...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