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How can anxiety cause so many physical symptoms?

Fight or Flight: All of the physical symptoms of anxiety are directly the result of the cascade of physiological events that get triggered when your primitive fear & rage brain centers sense danger. Learn about this "fight or flight" response. Once you understand the physiology of anxiety, the symptoms make sense. This doesn't make them feel less unpleasant necessarily though! ...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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Can anxiety cause psychotic symptoms?

Can anxiety cause psychotic symptoms?

No,but they can be : Present at the same time in one person.Please seek help in managing these symptoms.There is a fix.C ur doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress cause HIV symptoms?

Can anxiety and stress cause HIV symptoms?

No: Although HIV have to do with immune systems but unless you engage in risky exposure because of stress and anxiety., one does not cause the other by themselves. ...Read more

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Can anxiety symptoms be similar to neurological symptoms?

Can anxiety symptoms be similar to neurological symptoms?

Yes they can: As far as symptoms go, anxiety can be a great masquerader. It can cause all kinds of physical symptoms, including those that could sound or feel neurological: dizziness; numbness & tingling in extremities; feelings of being far away; poor concentration; forgetfulness; tension; headaches, etc. Your doctor will work with you to differentiate causes through good exams & diagnostic tests. Be well. ...Read more

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Can GERD cause panic or anxiety symptoms?

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Can GERD cause panic or anxiety symptoms?

Yes: Here and anxiety have a close relationship. For many. It can be a chicken and egg question about which came first. Certainly treat both.Many people i see have done well to treat the gerd with meds and the anxiety with psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Can there be physical symptoms of anxiety?

Can there be physical symptoms of anxiety?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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What physical or neurological symptoms can excess stress cause?

What physical or neurological symptoms can excess stress cause?

Fatigue, ulcers.: Chronic fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, peptic ulcers and skin rashes can all be the result of stress. Cancer, diabetes and heart disease are also likely the result of chronic stress. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause breathlessness?

Yes: Anxiety or stress can cause many symptoms in the body such as breathlessness, nausea, headache, or even chest pains. One way to help relax is to take deep breaths in and out very slowly 3 or 4 times. If the breathless symptoms persist i would suggest calling your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Can neurogical pain cause anxiety?

It does: As opposed to a mechanistic model of disease which suggests that whenever there is pain there is something wrong with the body, the biopsychosocial model postulates that a person is a complex unit and the body cannot be separated from the mind. Pain is as strongly associated with anxiety as with depressive disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a part of neurological treatment. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress cause tenesmus?

Can anxiety and stress cause tenesmus?

Anxiety: can lead to urinary frequency or ^'ed number of bowel movements. with the need to repeatedly use the bathroom. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety mimic pregnancy symptoms?

Can stress and anxiety mimic pregnancy symptoms?

Rarely: There have been rare cases of "hysterical pregnancy" reported in history - i'm not sure if they still are, but it would be rare and probably additional diagnoses would be involved. ...Read more

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In what ways can anxiety cause gastrointestinal distress? Other physiological symptoms of anxiety?

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In what ways can anxiety cause gastrointestinal distress?  Other physiological symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety: Anxiety or worry is a psychological & physiological state characterized by somatic, cognitive, emotional & behavioral features. It signifies fear/concern/unpleasant sensations/ dread. It causes restlessness, fatigue, muscle tension & concentration difficulties. It is considered a normal reaction to a stressor, unless it interferes with daily functioning or causes significant distress, as in panic. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety lead to HIV symptoms?

Can stress and anxiety lead to HIV symptoms?

No, except...: ...Insofar as that under stress and anxiety people tend to engage in riskier, tension relieving activity. ...Read more

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Can depression cause physical pain ?

Can depression cause physical pain ?

Yes and vice versa: Depression can lead to pain symptoms, usually dull aches, stiffness, soreness etc. Stomach aches and other somatic pains are common. Likewise, physical pain, especially chronic pain often leads to depression. ...Read more

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Does depression cause acne and other physical symptoms?

Does depression cause acne and other physical symptoms?

Yes: Depression is a stress on the body. It can cause fatigue, make aches/pains worse and make one more susceptible to infections/illnesses. It can also make it more difficult to heal or recover from illnesses. Particularly with acne, depression can aggravate it or cause a flare-up. ...Read more

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Could stress and anxiety cause sle type symptoms?

Could stress and anxiety cause sle type symptoms?

Yes but ...: Stress can cause anxiety, headaches, fatigue, and muscle aches. These are also some of the symptoms of lupus. Stress and anxiety are common. Lupus erythematosus is an uncommon disease. If you are concerned about the possibility of lupus, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How can you relieve dizziness symtoms caused by anxiety?

How can you relieve dizziness symtoms caused by anxiety?

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. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www.Bcia.Org & www.Aapb.Org). Entrenched anxiety may require meds. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and hypochondria cause vertigo?

Can anxiety and hypochondria cause vertigo?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more