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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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How does anxiety cause someone to feel off balance? I'm not talking about feeling dizzy. Just a sense of imbalance when walking, standing, leaning.

How does anxiety cause someone to feel off balance? I'm not talking about feeling dizzy. Just a sense of imbalance when walking, standing, leaning.

Uncertain: Agree with Dr. Buckley - that the alprazolam could be an issue. Please see: http://www. Jkp. Com/jkpblog/2012/06/article-dr-sandra-scheinbaum-6-myths-about-panic-attacks/ ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause balance problem?

Could anxiety cause balance problem?

Anxiety: Possible, if accompanied by other anxiety symptoms & u have no medical problems to attribute to the balance problem. ...Read more

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I've been in bed for a month cause I've been off balance and no dr knows what's wrong. Walking gives me anxiety. Would laying around linger imbalance?

I've been in bed for a month cause I've been off balance and no dr knows what's wrong. Walking gives me anxiety. Would laying around linger imbalance?

Exactly 1 month?: Did you start to feel "off balance" before or after you became bedbound? Lying in bed excessively will cause deconditioning to occur in several different bodily systems including the vestibular or "balance system" so the longer it takes to figure this out the worse your equilibrium could become. Have you seen a neurologist? Are you anxious walking due to fear of falling or passing out? ...Read more

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How would anxiety cause you to be lightheaded a weird type all day for 6 yrs sometimes swaying off balance feeling more symptoms to? Scared about it

How would anxiety cause you to be lightheaded a weird type all day for 6 yrs sometimes swaying off balance feeling more symptoms to? Scared about it

Concerning: I would get an examination from a primary care physician to discern whether or not this is something to be worried about. Most likely okay but your symptoms appear to be prolonged and severe. ...Read more

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Can stress or anxiety cause balance problems?

Can stress or anxiety cause balance problems?

Consult your doctor.: Stress and anxiety can impact your body's functioning in various ways. It is possible that the difficulty you are experiencing is related to stress levels, however, stress is not the only thing that may account for this. If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage you to speak with your primary care physician about your concerns to rule out any underlying medical issues. ...Read more

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Feeling out of balance doctor says it's my anxiety and nothing else. Been tested for everything and all normal. Can anxiety cause this?

Feeling out of balance doctor says it's my anxiety and nothing else. Been tested for everything and all normal. Can anxiety cause this?

It depends...: ...on what you mean by "out of balance." That's like saying you feel "unwell." It's so nonspecific that it offers no clue to a doctor about where the problem is, if anywhere. It can mean anything and nothing. Can you be more specific? Actually, a lot more specific? ...Read more

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For the past couple days been feeling off balance, pain in temple area. Diangosis in the past anxiety. Normal bp&hemoglobin what are the probable causes?

See a neurologist: Could be something simple, inner ear infection, or even your anxiety. However, in order to rule out anything more serious, check with your primary care dr. Better yet, see a neurologist. Take care. ...Read more

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Can dizzy spells be caused by extreme anxiety? Sometimes i'll get the feeling that the room is moving & will lose balance. What could be up?

Yes they can: Extreme anxiety can cause all kinds of physical symptoms, including dizziness. However, if this is the first time you've experienced this kind of vertigo (room spinning, losing balance) you really need a medical evaluation to be sure. Other things can cause dizziness too. Please see your physician about this. Be well. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety make your vision feel unbalanced? Not dizzy. Just feel out of balance. Doctor has ruled out every other possible cause.

Stress Like Lawsuits: You've heard the old adage that "Anybody can sue Anyone for Anything at Anytime? " Well, when it comes to stress & anxiety it's the same idea. Stress/anxiety can cause any Symptom in Anyone at Any Time. The trick is to know you've really RULED EVERY OTHER possibility out. In the lawsuits the trick is to Know the Judge or at least be sure your girls babysat him when he was a snot nosed kid! ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause on going dizziness, dull pain in back of head an trouble with balance? My symptoms seem to change daily since been diagnosed!

Yes, absolutely: Anxiety can definitely cause all the symptoms you mention. However, so can other conditions, so you should make sure you get a complete medical evaluation. In the meantime, you should also get help and support for your anxiety: counseling, stress reduction techniques, understanding the sources of stress in your life, and anti-anxiety medication can all help. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Dizziness or derealization. Anxiety may be underlying cause. Past week I've been dizzy, but no loss of balance. No other symptoms, just haze like.

Dizziness or derealization. Anxiety may be underlying cause. Past week I've been dizzy, but no loss of balance. No other symptoms, just haze like.

Dizzy: Please see your family doc to rule out or identify any medical conditions. They see a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist who specializes in mood disorders. You can learn some techniques to manage this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have chronic sleep deprivation/anxiety can it cause burning eyes/weird vision/fatigue/balance probs?

I have chronic sleep deprivation/anxiety can it cause burning eyes/weird vision/fatigue/balance probs?

Yes, + inattention,: Unsafe driving & other health & safety issues. See your doctor for evaluation & treatment of anxiety & sleep disorder. If you have Shift-Worker Sleep Disorder, your doctor may be able to prescribe Provigil. Please take care of yourself as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can dizziness be caused by psychosomatic illness? Been to ENT and balance specialist. Both said they don't think I have ear problem. I do have anxiety

Can dizziness be caused by psychosomatic illness? Been to ENT and balance specialist. Both said they don't think I have ear problem. I do have anxiety

Dizziness: Anxiety can produce all kinds of physical symptoms, & dizziness is a very common one. Other things can cause these also, which is why physical and other diagnostic exams are done too! psychosomatic means your body and mind are connected, not that anything is imagined. The best news: relief from anxiety is possible -- cognitive behavioral therapy (& meds if needed.) meditation & yoga help too. ...Read more

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Off balance feeling 3 mo's, but pass every neurological exam. Can Anxiety disorder really cause this???? doctor said MRI for brain tumor not necessary

Off balance feeling 3 mo's, but pass every neurological exam. Can Anxiety disorder really cause this???? doctor said MRI for brain tumor not necessary

Anxiety is possible: You would be surprised at how many ways anxiety can present itself. Dizziness is a common feeling but typically when something troubling is happening in your life. Have you fallen as a result of your balance problems? Worrying about having a brain tumor could be making you nervous and making your symptoms worse. Are you taking your anxiety mess as directed? These could also cause dizziness. ...Read more

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Really sleepy dizziness nausea mild S.O.B loss of balance took 15 0.5mg Lorazepam pills yesterday. Cause? Urgent Care? Htn pcos anxiety

Really sleepy dizziness nausea mild S.O.B loss of balance took 15 0.5mg Lorazepam pills yesterday. Cause? Urgent Care? Htn pcos anxiety

Very dangerous: The cause of your symptoms is the 15 pills you took yesterday. That is a large quantity of a class of drug (benzodiazepine) that can kill you in large doses. This is especially dangerous if mixed with alcohol. What I wonder is why you, took so many. That would be urgent to discuss with your doctor or, if you go, to urgent care or the ER? ...Read more

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Might having anxiety cause you to feel weaker during excercise workouts?

Might having anxiety cause you to feel weaker during excercise workouts?

Maybe: Untreated anxiety can certainly make you more tired & weaker, interfere with sleep & make excercising more difficult. If you are having a regular problem with this though you need to see someone to help gain control of the anxiety. Exercise generally will improve anxiety issues so there could also be something else going on and that should be evaluated as well. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause you to feel swimmy headed or heavy headed?

Can anxiety cause you to feel swimmy headed or heavy headed?

I wouldn't assume so: If the symptoms you describe are new to you and you've a problem of anxiety for some time then, I wouldn't make the assumption that they are related necessarily unless other things have been looked at and discounted from a physical or medical point of view. You should discuss your symptoms with your doctor. They may very well like to see you in the office for a check up. ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause you to feel short of breath while eating?

Could anxiety cause you to feel short of breath while eating?

Yes, this often the: Case, especially if eating out in a restaurant. Your doc can check you out first. Then, strategies like clinical hypnosis and meditation can help. Please see a clinical psychologist or other mental health professional. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause you to feel burning sensation in parts of the body? I felt hot on right side in the back of my neck all the way down to my arm

Could anxiety cause you to feel burning sensation in parts of the body? I felt hot on right side in the back of my neck all the way down to my arm

Yes... but: Anxiety can cause a sensation of burning skin by triggering the 'fight or flight' response. However there are medical conditions that can cause a sensation of burning skin. Do see your pcp to rule this out before saying it's all from anxiety. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Anxiety and love doubts - can these cause you to feel like you don't have those feelings for a partner anymore? When you likely do?

Anxiety and love doubts - can these cause you to feel like you don't have those feelings for a partner anymore? When you likely do?

False Alarm? Truth?: Is your gut telling U something impt or R U getting a false alarm? Anxiety gets us expecting that something bad will happen, which can help us stay safe in potentially dangerous situations. But it can B counterproductive at times. It might really help U 2: a) talk 2 psychologist or counselor 2 get clear abt what's what; & b) 2 keep a journal of what U R feeling & thinking. U might notice patterns. ...Read more

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Can axiety kinda cause you to feel like ur dropping or floor uneven been to dr I'm little panicky cause these symptoms could they be anxiety?

Yes: Anxiety can cause you to feel off balance, or as if you are falling. Usually, sitting and relaxing, breathing slowly, thinking calming thoughts should help. However, off balance and falling feeling could also be an inner ear or other type of problem. If you don't feel better in a couple of days, or if you get worse, see your doctor again. ...Read more

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Can tense head muscles cause you to feel off? Anxiety makes me tense up, I'll notice it and relax. Seems to make my "lightheadness" a little better.

Can tense head muscles cause you to feel off? Anxiety makes me tense up, I'll notice it and relax. Seems to make my "lightheadness" a little better.

Anxiety: Can cause a whole array of uncomfortable symptoms. Muscle tension in the neck can cause headaches. Lightheadedness due to anxiety almost always comes from HYPERVENTILATION. By breathing too often, too deeply, or too quickly, we lower our bodies carbon dioxide level. This in turn can cause light-headedness. Focus on breathing from your diaphragm, not your lungs. Or use a paper bag. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause you to feel like you're having an anxiety / panic attack?

Absolutely: Any condition which limits blood flow to the brain can result in a wide range of metabolic derangements that can affect the psyche. In the dehydrated state, the brain can easily misinterpret both external and internal signals leading to psychiatric symptoms such as confusion, panic, and even frank psychosis. ...Read more

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Could body spray cause you to feel lightheaded or carsick feeling, or just the anxiety thinking it will I do have anx n lightheaded daily?

Could body spray cause you to feel lightheaded or carsick feeling, or just the anxiety thinking it will I do have anx n lightheaded daily?

Both: Can be connected: your anxiety could make your senses much more sensitive and the smells is just not agreeing with your system. The very same psycho-physiologic response happens on the positive with aroma therapy. In fact RUSH University has a leading expert on this subject. Basically a bit of trial and error with more natural aromas is not unreasonable. Talk with your therapist about this. ...Read more

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What causes anxiety?

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What causes anxiety?

Anxiety causes: Anxiety, generally speaking, is a protective mechanism designed to prevent us from engaging in potentially harmful behaviors.
Causes can be;
1. Biological..........Genetics, or chemicals such as caffeine or drugs.
2. Psychological.........Perceived threat.
3. Social.............Actual threat. ...Read more

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What causes anxiety?

Anything can: Cause anxiety. Usually the big things like changes death divorce moves job change friendship loss or family loss are causes or changes in health. But people stress over everything and perspective is needed to stay healthy. Get help from psychiatrists and psychologists to deal with symptoms. Keep a support network to stay connected to people. Good luck ...Read more

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Can sex cause anxiety?

Can sex cause anxiety?

Sex anxiety: Performance anxiety is the term, and can lead to anticipation and avoidance, doubts, and poor performance. ...Read more