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What can I do about having anxiety, racing thoughts and the inability to stop drinking?

What can I do about having anxiety, racing thoughts and the inability to stop drinking?

Anxiety, etc.: Please have a consult with your physician. It sounds like you have several issues which need addressing by speaking with a psychiatrist and beginning therapy with a psychologist. You might also give some thought to beginning an aa program in your area. ...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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I hav high anxiety & racing thoughts evryday wich worsens at night. Therapy hasn't helped. What drugs can I safely use long term. On risperdal/sertralin?

I hav high anxiety & racing thoughts evryday wich worsens at night. Therapy hasn't helped. What drugs can I safely use long term. On risperdal/sertralin?

Anxiety: You can utilize modalities such as clinical hypnosis (www. Asch. Net) and the relaxation response (www. Relaxationresponse. Org) in addition to talk therapy. Your doc will advise about medications but mind-body help as above may be what is needed. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Anxiety and racing thoughts--treatment?

Anxiety and racing thoughts--treatment?

Diagnose cause first: Anxiety and racing thoughts can be psychological or physical in origin. The symptoms could be part of hyperthyroidism or other medical issues. If you have no history of anxiety or depression, include your primary care physician in the evaluation to rule out medical causes. ...Read more

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Anxiety with racing thoughts, speech excited, is it like a form of mania?

Anxiety with racing thoughts, speech excited, is it like a form of mania?

Possibly: There are many factors that would need be considered to determine whether this is a manic episode. Mania is characterized by inflated self-esteem or grandiosity, decreased need for sleep, pressured speech or talkativeness, racing thoughts, distractibility, increased pursuit of goals, and excessive involvement in foolish activities. Anxiety can also be associated with unusual thoughts or speech. ...Read more

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On zyprexa 2 wks for impulse, anxiety and racing thoughts. Have ocd, possible bipolar and anxiety. Was helping... now I'm very panicky and having very calm suicidal thoughts and strange thoughts too. Does this get better? Does it get worse b4 better?

On zyprexa 2 wks for impulse, anxiety and racing thoughts. Have ocd, possible bipolar and anxiety. Was helping... now I'm very panicky and having very calm suicidal thoughts and strange thoughts too. Does this get better? Does it get worse b4 better?

Psychotropic: Please see your Psychiatrist as soon as possible to diagnose this problem and tell the Doctor you are having suicidal thoughts. If you cannot get an appointment please go to the emergency room where you will see a Doctor. ...Read more

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Can people who have anxiety disorder or racing thoughts feel really scary when they have the racing thoughts?

Can people who have anxiety disorder or racing thoughts feel really scary when they have the racing thoughts?

Yes: Thoughts may be racing when anxious or having a panic attack or if manic/ hypomanic. It can be an upsetting experience. ...Read more

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I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

Several to consider: If you have a bipolar type of depression, then using a 'mood stabilizer' would be the first choice, not an antidepressant. Ask your md which ones would be possible with you. ...Read more

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Have you ever heard of racing thoughts when you eat anything? What illness could cause this? I have no anxiety or stress, so it isn't that.

Have you ever heard of racing thoughts when you eat anything? What illness could cause this? I have no anxiety or stress, so it isn't that.

Don't know of: Any psychiatric conditions that present in this manner. Might consult with your doctor to see if there is a metabolic disturbance. ...Read more

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How much time does it take risperdal and seraquel to work to stop racing thoughts and control anxiety?

Can take 1-3 weeks: It usually takes one to three weeks but sometimes longer depending on the severity of your illness and the response to the medication. Just be patient and work closely with your psychiatrist to make sure the dose is adequate. The symptoms should go away eventually. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Am I having anxiety or panic attacks? At work I stress really bad and get to where I can't hardly breathe. I have racing thoughts that I can't control

Work Stress: Consult with your doctor to rule out medical concerns and if cleared ask for a referral to a mental health professional who can help you understand the origin of your anxiety and help you create better ways of dealing with stress. Try using the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz. Org website for ongoing support and eduction. Best. ...Read more

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Thoughts on the effective meds for racing thoughts associated with anxiety-ocd-bipolar...Tough question. Any takers?

Thoughts on the effective meds for racing thoughts associated with anxiety-ocd-bipolar...Tough question. Any takers?

No problemo: There are probably antidepressants on board for the ocd, so in this situation I give my vote to one of two drugs I find helpful in mixed or rapid cycling states. And the winners are Invega (paliperidone) or Fanapt in my practice, preferably with tegretol or Depakote on board. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Lovan 20mg extreme restlessness but racing thoughts all the time. Can't sleep and I feel like I'm going crazy lots of anxiety yet can't move zzzz?

Lovan 20mg extreme restlessness but racing thoughts all the time. Can't sleep and I feel like I'm going crazy lots of anxiety yet can't move zzzz?

Need to see doc: I don't think you got the name correct for the medication. However the symptoms are serious and you should have a physical and psychological evaluation so the cause can be determined and a treatment plan can be worked out. ...Read more

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Is it possible for symptoms of a panic/anxiety attack to happen before panicked thoughts? One second fine, next dizzy/heart racing, then scared.

Is it possible for symptoms of a panic/anxiety attack to happen before panicked thoughts? One second fine, next dizzy/heart racing, then scared.

Possible: I suggest that you see someone to help sort this out. Some cardiovascular, autonomic nervous system problems can cause symptoms that you describe. ...Read more

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Have severe anxiety, ocd and panic disorder. I have racing thoughts. Its very hard to concentrate, like my mind is 100 miles an hour. Is that common?

Common: Yes it is common, but you will be referred to a Psychologist as soon as possible. I am confident that over some time you will return to much better problems.

Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more

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My body and mind feel tired, stomachs in knots, my heads dizzy and I keep worrying about everything. I can't sleep without racing thoughts. Can anxiety seriously make you feel like this all day?

My body and mind feel tired, stomachs in knots, my heads dizzy and I keep worrying about everything. I can't sleep without racing thoughts. Can anxiety seriously make you feel like this all day?

Yes: Talk to your physician to see if there is a physical basis for anxiety, work on finding out what makes you anxious. Try to establish daily routine to bring some predictability in your day; practice deep breathing, relaxation/ guided imagery (you can find scripts on the web); you can work with a therapist to help you guide through the process. Consider medication, if symptoms become overwhelming. ...Read more

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I'm having anxiety attacks while relaxing, no racing thoughts, my rib cage tightens - my body feels like someone is holding a knife to my throat?

I'm having anxiety attacks while relaxing, no racing thoughts, my rib cage tightens - my body feels like someone is holding a knife to my throat?

Panic attacks often: Last a couple of minutes to around 10 mins. Sx’s can include a sense of severe anxiety or panic as well as chest tightness or pain & a rapid or pounding heartbeat. There could also be areas of numbness or pins and needles type sensation. A person can experience hot flashes or chills &perspire heavily. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea. When a person has a panic attack they. ...Read more

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I've been depressed for the past 2 weeks (not the first time), have racing thoughts, chest pain, muscle spasms and sleeping troubles. Is this anxiety?

I've been depressed for the past 2 weeks (not the first time), have racing thoughts, chest pain, muscle spasms and sleeping troubles. Is this anxiety?

See your pcp: To get checked for chest pain, muscle spasms. Can only say it's from anxiety after medical evaluation has ruled out physical causes. Tell your doctor how you've been feeling, include any meds you take, any alcohol/drug/tobacco use. Ask for referral to a mental health professional if all points to psychological issues. Good you've asked for help here. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have severe severe social anxiety, stomach pains, racing mild paranoid thoughts, crippling anxiety. Would weed help me along w/.25 of klonopin (clonazepam)?

I have severe severe social anxiety, stomach pains, racing mild paranoid thoughts, crippling anxiety. Would weed help me along w/.25 of klonopin (clonazepam)?

No: Pot is contraindicated in social anxiety and it makes it worse. Also it is contraindicated in paranoid states. Klonopin (clonazepam) at the current dose is insufficient for sad. You should be on an antidepressant for the sad, possibly a low dose second generation atypical antipsychotic and a higher dose of Klonopin (clonazepam) and the pot must go! You need psychotherapy also.! best wishes. ...Read more

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No PTSD. Can random frequent memories be anxiety or OCD related? When my thoughts race I have to say words to calm down. Could I have OCD?

No PTSD. Can random frequent memories be anxiety or OCD related? When my thoughts race I have to say words to calm down. Could I have OCD?

Anyone can resort: To superstitious behavior under stress, which may be what you are doing. A mental health professional can take a history and possibly make a diagnosis, perhaps anxiety or something else. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How to handle anxiety and disturbing thoughts?

Get help!: Your dr can assess
for formal disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Bottom line- if whatever you have been doing on your own isn't doing the trick then see your doctor, a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Take care. ...Read more

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Horrible scary thoughts creating anxiety, what to do?

Get help!: Encourage you to seek counseling or psychiatric evaluation to accurately determine what is going on and what type of treatment plan would be beneficial to you. ...Read more

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Could anxiety make feelings and thoughts seem real and feel real and make things feel worse than they are?

That is possible.: If you have anxiety that is effecting your quality of life - would encourage you to see your physician to determine if there are underlying medical causes. Medications are sometimes indicated for the treatment of anxiety. Psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can be very beneficial. Take care. ...Read more

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I feel like I'm being watched. I feel like someone or something is controlling my thoughts & life. Is it anxiety related?

This is not an: Anxiety symptom. It is more along the lines of a subtle psychotic symptom, which can accompany depression or any of a number of other psychiatric illnesses please make sure your psychiatrist is aware so that your treatment can be tweaked to take this into account. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I need to know how to cope with the scary thoughts I have about losing loved ones my anxiety is out of control please help?

I need to know how to cope with the scary thoughts I have about losing loved ones my anxiety is out of control please help?

Therapy and meds: Hi, I recommend that you find a psychologist who you feel safe with to do talk therapy. You can find a psychologist through http://locator. Apa. Org/ you can do psychotherapy alone and that can help tremendously.

But, I also suggest that you have an evaluation with a psychiatrist to explore a medication that might help ease your suffering. ...Read more

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Is my anxiety closely related to my thoughts? I often worry about certain parts of my body. I've been anxious a lot in over 2 months.

Is my anxiety closely related to my thoughts? I often worry about certain parts of my body. I've been anxious a lot in over 2 months.

Anxiety and: Thoughts can be closely related. We call it "self talk." What we say to ourselves or think impacts our moods. See a book called "Feeling Good" by David Burns for support. A cognitive behavioral therapist would be very helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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When I'm bored and alone with my thoughts I begin to overthink everything & feel like I'm insane...is this normal? (I have anxiety too.)

Anxiety, boredom: You describe some worry and anxiety which some degree can be normal for anyone. If, however, it is affecting your life and functioning then you should consider some relaxation techniques and consider discussing with a doctor if it is really bothersome (or immediately if any thoughts of suicide).

Otherwise, some degree of mild boredom and anxiety at 18 can be normal and pass with time. ...Read more

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I feel anxiety every time I have to deal with other people. Or just the thought of dealing with others. What causes this, how do I treat it?

I feel anxiety every time I have to deal with other people. Or just the thought of dealing with others. What causes this, how do I treat it?

Anxiety disorder: I'm not sure I understand the question. You have been diagnosed with Anxiety disorder and are on medication for it. Clearly you have anxiety that is not being adequately managed. Please seek a second opinion from another mental health professional to review your treatment plan. ...Read more

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Your thoughts on the resperidal for anxiety/panic (.25 3 xday)?

Your thoughts on the resperidal for anxiety/panic (.25 3 xday)?

Risperdal: Risperdal is often used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, & irritability related to autism. It is used off-label for many things. Personally, I try to avoid using antipsychotic medications for anxiety or insomnia. I think we try to use cannons to often, rather that using a fly swatter to kill a fly ...Read more

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Anxiety but not got the racing heartanxiety but not got the racing heart?

Anxiety but not got the racing heartanxiety but not got the racing heart?

You can be: Very anxious without having a racing heart. A racing heart rate is usually seen in panic disorder. ...Read more

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How do you treat anxiety and negative thoughts?

Thoughts: I work with negative thoughts in two ways. 1. Cognitive-behavioral approaches educate about how they are biased in ways that lead to emotional upset. 2. Distorted thoughts have a purposeful aspect: they help relieve the anxiety of the unknown and uncertain. Jumping to conclusions may lead to painful feelings, but it does artificially and immediately resolve the anxiety of 'not knowing'. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can stop recurring anxiety and bad thoughts?

Encourage you to: Start with evaluation by your physician to rule out medical causes. Psychiatric ;/or psychological evaluation can help to determine cause of these symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very effective. Psychiatric medications are sometimes indicated. ...Read more

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Can anxiety disorder involve obsessive actions and thoughts and feelings?

Can anxiety disorder involve obsessive actions and thoughts and feelings?

CBT: It can. Obsessive compulsive disorder is actually one of the anxiety disorders. If that is a problem for you, consider seeing a psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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I need help please, my anxiety and negative thoughts stop me from studying?

I need help please, my anxiety and negative thoughts stop me from studying?

Manage anxiety: By learning relaxation skills ; learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions ; beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body ; your mind is the key. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www. Bcia. Org ; www. Aapb. Org). Talk to a mental health professional who treats anxiety. ...Read more

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Why does anxiety cause thoughts that a loved one will die I worry constantly about my daughter at uni?

Why does anxiety cause thoughts that a loved one will die I worry constantly about my daughter at uni?

The what ifs!: I'd want 2 know more about ur anxiety ; worries. Anxiety is like a scared voice u carry that's always asking "what if [something bad happens]? " sometimes it comes out in the form of an unwanted thought that gets stuck in ur head - an "obsession." one of the most important 1st steps: learning about anxiety ; how it ticks. See anxietybc. Org a great introduction to anxiety ; panic problems, ocd, etc. ...Read more

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What can cause me to have to force myself to breathe? I thought it could be anxiety but it's happening when I'm calm.

So many questions: So many questions you need to answer. Like how old are you? Are you a smoker? Are you taking any medications? Do you have any allergy? Do you have any asthma? most likely you are congested from allergy, start taking medication for that and clear your sinuses. By the way you do not have to be anxious at the time of difficulty breathing and still could be panic attack.see your doctor ...Read more

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If my daughters not constantly on line I think somethings wrong I suffer from severe anxiety can this make thoughts worsen?

If my daughters not constantly on line I think somethings wrong I suffer from severe anxiety can this make thoughts worsen?

Yes.: It sounds like you are consumed with anxiety. This is easily treated with identifying early triggers, ruling out ptsd, counseling and probably medication. Stay away from xanax (alprazolam) or valium, they are addictive and offer only short term relief. ...Read more

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Is anxiety real or just thoughts you find scary. I suffer from intrusive thoughts and not sure how to let them go ie not believe them?

Is anxiety real or just thoughts you find scary. I suffer from intrusive thoughts and not sure how to let them go ie not believe them?

BOTH: Anxiety may result from worry or fear. However, it is like going back and forth in a rocking chair and getting nowhere. Rather than procrastinate, take some type of action to address an issue and set in motion a solution. Also, consider using the power of auto suggestion by repeating a positive affirmation 20-30x out loud or to yourself upon retiring to bed. Do this for 3-4 weeks and re-evaluate. ...Read more

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