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Can Anxiety Cause Delusions
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
Can anxiety or OCD become or cause schizophrenia? Nervous of prodrome schizophrenia. I've had anxiety for almost 6 years and I've never experienced delusions or other marked schiz symptoms. Unlikely?
OCD & schizophrenia: Are two different disorders. Your anxiety may be what is prompting you to ask this question. The fact that you have not had any schizophrenic symptoms is a good sign. Keep working at coping/w anxiety. Peace and good health. David Burns book "Feeling Good" may be helpful. ...Read more
33yr old healthy male; suddenly has delusions, anxiety, short temperament, unsightly body odor, memory loss. Could probiotics supplements cause this?
NO!: I can't imagine any way that probiotics could cause these symptoms. We all have about 100 trillion bacteria in our intestines- adding a few billion friendly bacteria to this has minimal effect;it might help eliminate unfriendly microbes, which is only beneficial. There are many potential causes of your problems-nutrient deficiencies, toxic exposures, food allergies, infections, thyroid- see a good doc! ...Read more
Anxiety vs paranoia: Someone suffering from paranoid delusion is convinced that what they believe is true in spite of all evidence to the contrary. They cannot be talked out of their delusion nor can they be comforted. Someone with anxious thoughts is usually fretting the future in spite of the fact that what they are fearing is unlikely to happen. They do not argue with that lack of likelihood, but will complain that they cannot control their thoughts. ...Read more
Previous hallucinogen drug abuse has given me anxiety. I have delusions of demons and I can picture out evil faces almost anywhere I look. Just looking for some tips, Xanax (alprazolam) helps me but pref no drugs.
Unfortunately: The best treatment may be a medication for persisting effects from hallucinogenic damage. Other relaxation strategies may be helpful as would guided meditation to learn to control the thought processes for longer periods of time and increase a sense of connection to reality. ...Read more
I have visual hallucinations, persecutory delusions, paranoia, anxiety, mood swings and constant anger! What should I do?
Ask your MD...: Ask your MD for a referral to a psychiatrist. Don't delay! (otherwise seek out a mental health clinic nearby). ...Read more
I am experiencing delusions, lightheadedness (worsened by: anxiety), irrational fear or phobia, appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite), di...
Evaluation Needed: First you would need to be evaluated to rule out any medical and/or substance use causes for these symptoms, followed by a mental health evaluation. There are a number of possible reasons for these symptoms, and more information is definitely needed. If you find these symptoms to be frightening, disturbing, and causing significant distress, please go to the nearest ER or call 911 for assistance. ...Read more
I have been sick for 3 days-low grade fever, fatigue, body aches, inability to sleep due to anxiety and delusions, fatigue, body aches, sore throat?
?Influenza: Although this is an unusual time of year to have influenza, or a flu-like viral infection, this is possible. What is of concern are the anxiety, delusions and insomnia. You are in an area of the U.S. In which lyme disease is prevalent. Strongly suggest you see your doctor and get diagnosed one way or another. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more
I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) , balance problems, behavior problems, difficulty focusing, difficulty concentrating, sleepiness, loss of temper, impulsive or reckless behavior, personality changes, paranoid delusion
Mental health sx's: If you have not had a comprehensive medical evaluation for these symptoms - that is imperative. Medical causes need to be ruled out. These symptoms are serious & of significant concern. Treatment will stem from an accurate diagnosis. Take care and have hope. ...Read more
Paranoia (everyone watching/listens) and delusional (go away in few months replaced with a new one psychic cia, etc) some anxiety. No drugs. Could be?
I have negative side effects such as anxiety, depression and obsessiveness, delusional thinking, poor immune system and moodiness from hypnotherapy. What can I do to stop the negative effects?
That would be a lot: Of symptoms to attribute to hypnotherapy use. Regardless of what may have triggered or induced these symptoms — recommend medical evaluation to search for underlying medical causes. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful. ...Read more
Many: In addition to delusional disorder snd schizophrenia, possibilities include neurodegenerative disorders or other disorders of the central nervous system (such as seizures or tumors), vascular diseases, infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, endocrine disorders, vitamin deficiencies, medication effects, substance use and some toxins. ...Read more
Usually paranoid: While delusions are most commonly associated with paranoia and paranoid schizophrenia, they can actually be present in varying forms when reality is distorted in one's mind. An example of this is seen in eating disorders when people truly believe that they are fat when they are actually starving. In body dysmorphic disorder, a perceived flaw in appearance reaches delusional levels. ...Read more
Illusions are simple: Perceptual distortions, seeing things that aren't there because of low lighting, atmospheric distortion, etc. Once light is shined on the cause, the illusion disappears. Delusions are fixed patterns of thought that do not respond to reality. Hallucinations are psychotic manifestations that have little to do with reality. The latter two are usually brought on by drugs or mental illness. ...Read more
Dementia: It's the movies, so is all just made up, so who knows? :) however, delusions are common symptoms in several types of dementia, including dementia with lewy bodies, alzheimer's dementia, and vascular dementia. So my guess is that they likely were depicting some type of dementia. ...Read more
Interesting query...: Guys, in general, are not grounded in reality the way gals are. Tend to be more narcissistic, dream about flying, being the richest or most powerful around, have a higher self-esteem (without justification) than women. When the delusions become large and guy cannot differentiate between thoughts and reality, delusions become part of psychosis (like hitler and many dictators). Testosterone, hmmmmm. ...Read more
Fainting: If isolated incident and there cis a pattern, substance abuse comes to mind. If repeated, could be effect of organic nervous system pathology, which you need to consult your doctor about. ...Read more
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as symptoms you describe 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
Many: Nearly any medical condition can cause delirium or confusion resulting in delusions, in a susceptible person. This includes fluid & electrolyte imbalance, infections, drug & alcohol withdrawal, toxicity from drugs & alcohol, metabolic disorders, postoperative states (esp in elderly), stroke, and neoplasms that metastasize to brain. Also, degenerative neurological conditions can cause these sx. ...Read more
Tegretol: I would be reluctant to attribute these symptoms to tegretol and would be concerned about psychiatric disorders or organic brain pathology. Your pharmacist can inform you about tegretol's side effect profile. A neurologist is best qualified to evaluate these symptoms and referral to a psychiatrist can be made if deemed advisable. If behavioral or cognitive issues dominate, psychiatric problems lik ...Read more
Delusions: In these cases, delusions are part of the psychotic phase, such as grandiose delusions in bipolar disorders or the bizarre delusions in schizophrenics. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on what that root cause is. If schizophrenia, one would need antipsychotic medicines at optimal, consistent dosing for a time. If it's a recreational drug, one hopes the delusions will quiet down once the drug is out of system — but in the case of marijuana and some hallucinogens, these may persist. If mania or psychotic depression, delusions should leave when mood problem remits. ...Read more
Delusions suddenly stopped in individual. Just like a switch being pulled. What would cause this? Diagnosed with juvenile epilepsy at 6 years old.
I don't think...: I don't think your question makes any sense. Epilepsy is a neurologic condition that involves seizures. Delusions are an error in thinking or belief (like attributing unpleasant behavior to a "conspiracy" without evidence). The two conditions don't really have anything to do with one another, although they could exist in the same person. ...Read more
Delusions are: Psychotic experiences. Diseases are schizophrenia, mania or deep depression, or delusional disorder. Seizures can be stress or fever induced, but more often are brain disorders (organic). Headaches? Too many diseases or medication side effects to list here. All three can be induced by drug overdose, particularly the speeds...but hallucinogens can be a factor in delusions and headaches. ...Read more