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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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I have severe anxiety with psychosis, depression. Psychotherapy hasn't worked for me so I have resorted to taking benzodiazepines and other medication?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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I have severe anxiety with psychosis, depression. Psychotherapy hasn't worked for me so I have resorted to taking benzodiazepines and other medication?

Therapy: If supervised by your physician & they are helping your symptoms, i would recommend combining medications with psychotherapy for best results. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


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Help me I have bipolar psychotic depression and severe anxiety! i feel the need to be hospitalized and sedated sometimes. Is sedation good for me?

Help me I have bipolar psychotic depression and severe anxiety! i feel the need to be hospitalized and sedated sometimes. Is sedation good for me?

At times: The thing with bipolar disease with psychotic features is sometimes you do need to be hospitalized to get the medications/treatment stabilized. This is for your protection. ...Read more

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If I have depression, partial remission of psychosis, generalized anxiety disorder, could I take Viagra (sildenafil)? I also take meds, it's in my profile.

If I have depression, partial remission of psychosis, generalized anxiety disorder, could I take Viagra (sildenafil)? I also take meds, it's in my profile.

Viagra (sildenafil): Your other medications may not directly interact with Viagra, (sildenafil) but there always is the potential for interaction with medications metabolized by the liver. I would focus now on good control of your psychiatric symptoms and stabilization of your conditions before adding another medication to your regimen. ...Read more

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What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

Psychiatric eval: Psychiatric evaluation would be the first thing you need here, to determine the most likely diagnosis that could explain your symptoms. There are various medications that help mood disorders, psychosis, and anxiety; psychotherapies are important treatments in all of those and in conduct disorder. You can receive comprehensive treatment once we understand what's wrong & what's needed. ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety cause diastolic pressure to rise?

Can severe anxiety cause diastolic pressure to rise?

Yes: Increases in diastolic pressure (and systolic pressure) occur during periods of severe anxiety, as anxiety is tied to stress hormones that increase pressure within the cariocascular system. Even onset of mild/moderate situational anxiety can increase pressure, such as white coat syndrome (ie, BP goes up due to anxiety of being in a medical clinic). If a concern be sure to talk with your provider. ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety and isolation cause delusions/hallucinations?

Can severe anxiety and isolation cause delusions/hallucinations?

Yes, isolation and: anxiety can trigger temporary delusions and hallucinations. A mental health professional can diagnose you and help you determine if this is the case or if some other condition is present. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can a slimming diet cause severe anxiety? Im feeling that my brain is working and doesn't want to stop!

Can a slimming diet cause severe anxiety? Im feeling that my brain is working and doesn't want to stop!

Depends on diet: This is hard to answer as i don't know what "slimming" diet you are on. Does the diet involve prescription appetite suppressants? These can sometimes cause a sense of restlessness and anxiety. ...Read more

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I don't work anymore but find myself more tired than ever can being bored cause fatigue? Also suffer severe anxiety can that be a factor?

I don't work anymore but find myself more tired than ever can being bored cause fatigue?  Also suffer severe anxiety can that be a factor?

Psychotherapy: You list depression as a condition. Listlessness and fatigue are common symptoms of depression (sleep disturbance too). See a mental health professional if you haven't already. Psychotherapy (regular sessions, weekly or more) will help you understand and overcome your anxiety and depression. I hope you didn't stop working because of mental health issues-- that's a recipe for worse trouble. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with chronic gastritis, I have severe anxiety & that is what they say caused this. I am overweight. Will this condition ever go away?

I was diagnosed with chronic gastritis, I have severe anxiety & that is what they say caused this. I am overweight. Will this condition ever go away?

Psychotherapy: In addition to getting evaluated by your GP to rule out organic problems, consider going to a psychotherapist to help get to the bottom of what is causing the "severe anxiety" as you say. Living with this level of fear can be incredibly debilitating, and imagine what your life would be like if the anxiety could at least be reduced if not eradicated altogether? ...Read more

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Why do ER and some other doctors always dx as "severe anxiety with panic", when other clinical causes are documented? And anxiety abt sx is warranted?

Why do ER and some other doctors always dx as "severe anxiety with panic", when other clinical causes are documented? And anxiety abt sx is warranted?

Impossible to answer: If you can respectfully ask one who did that for their thought process, they might be able to explain. No one else could and there are too many unknowns. Sorry.... ...Read more

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Can fibro really cause severe anxiety all alone, just from it?

Not generally: Many people with fibromyalgia also experience anxiety and depression, and having the chronic pain from fibro may intensify existing depression/anxiety. If having 'severe' anxiety, please see a psychiatrist. That may provide you the best assessment and help. ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety and stress cause kidney or lowr back pain?

Can severe anxiety and stress cause kidney or lowr back pain?

Marked anxiety: can be held as tension in neck and back muscle which can lead to spasm and pain. ...Read more

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I took phentermine for about 3 months, 2 years ago. I have not taken it again since. Can it cause long term severe anxiety?

I took phentermine for about 3 months, 2 years ago.  I have not taken it again since.  Can it cause long term severe anxiety?

Highly unlikely: Phentermine is not known as being a drug that can have long term side neurobehavioral effects after being discontinued for enough time to be fully metabolized out of the body. If you have further questions or would like a 1-1 consultation I am happy to answer them. Write me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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Is it possible for long-term xerostomia (reduced saliva production for 3 months) to be caused by severe anxiety and stress that started 4 months ago?

Possible but seek MD: prolonged xerostomia should warrant MD evaluation - many medications such as for allergies, sleep and anxiety can cause this, but other hormonal/metabolic and even autoimmune disorders also can. ...Read more

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Can an ssri dose reduction cause severe anxiety?

Can an ssri dose reduction cause severe anxiety?

SSRI: Yes it can, along with other withdrawal symptoms, depending on how fast the reduction was done. ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety cause your sugar level by a few points?

Can severe anxiety cause your sugar level by a few points?

Stress can aggreviat: Anxiety can impact our health . U pcp can treat u anxiety with medication and can refer u for therapy. ...Read more

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I'm having severe anxiety..just wondering if this could cause one side body numbness.

It could if the: muscles involved in panic are constricting more on one side, thus reducing blood flow. However, this is a bit of a stretch, so check this one out first with a neurologist or possibly a vascular MD. Also, learn to deal with anxiety and see if this makes a difference. Here's a primer:

http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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Age 24f,I have severe anxiety problem specially at work place and i cant get over it:-(what should i do,what could be the cause,plz give some brief?

Assess options: Recommend assessing options - is there a doctor or therapist you can access? Providers on health tap are available for a consult if you do not feel as though you have access to necessary resources. It is important to identify triggers/source of anxiety and cope more effectively with these especially if worsened in certain situations (ie, at work). Effective treatment options are available. ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety and stress cause blood clots?

Can severe anxiety and stress cause blood clots?

Anxiety and Syress: Can cause many symptoms and can contribute
to many diseases, and probably clotting. ...Read more

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Im having tingling in my head I've been to ER this morning over sholder pain I have tendonitus and severe anxiety could this be the cause ?

Im having tingling in my head I've been to ER this morning over sholder pain I have tendonitus and severe anxiety could this be the cause ?

Could be: Anxiety can cause a variety of symptoms but u need to have a good physical work up & if cleared by your doc then see a psychiatrist to evaluate the source of the anxiety & prescribe appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Why does anxiety cause the realization and depersonalization? And what is the best treatment for severe anxiety and panic disorder? Thank you mike

Yes!: Severe anxiety can cause a wide variety of psychiatric symptoms if severe you should see a psychiatrist there are good anxiety drugs available (such as xanax (alprazolam) for panic attacks ). ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety cause orthostatic hypotension?

Can severe anxiety cause orthostatic hypotension?

Yes, but rare: Anxiety can have a myriad of effects, and it could cause this. Basically it is a fall in blood pressure due to positional changes, and would be more common for anxiety to raise blood pressure than reduce it, but it could be rarely implicated. It can have many causes from innocuous sources to serious medical problems. If occurs often see your md to rule out problems. ...Read more

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Can nitrous oxide cause severe anxiety and panic attacks?

Can nitrous oxide cause severe anxiety and panic attacks?

Possibly: First, it is a sympathy mimetic agent, so it may directly cause that reaction, although I have never seen it. Also, simply the process of initiating the anesthetic, breathing through the mask, may trigger an attack. Ask your doctor to prescribe an anxiolytic to those before your next procedure. ...Read more

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Can menopause cause aches pains weepiness severe anxiety depression?

Can menopause cause aches pains weepiness severe anxiety depression?

Yes: Menopause and the "peri-menopausal" time frame can cause many issues due to changing hormonal levels. Some medications like sarafem (prozac) can be used with good success to treat these symptoms. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Recent infection has caused severe anxiety and kind of a post traumatic issue after hospital. What kind of meds can help with this?

Recent infection has caused severe anxiety and kind of a post traumatic issue after hospital. What kind of meds can help with this?

Anxiety help: Suggest working with a mental health professional to address anxiety. There are several effective non-medication therapies that are worth trying. If meds are necessary, they may be added. There is no medication 'quick fix' for severe anxiety/PTSD. I hope you consider one or another talk therapy, CBT etc in combination with anti-anxiety med, eg. SSRI. For PTSD overview, please see: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml Best wishes. ...Read more

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Severe mood swings, meltdowns, severe anxiety, & SSRIs cause arousal. Given mood chart & told that might have BPAD. What might it be if not BPAD?

Multiple: hyper or hypothyroid or other endocrine disorders, other types of mental illness, various types of nutritional/vitamin deficiencies or excess, other genetic conditions or brain abnormalities such as tumors. A series of bliood tests, brain scans, personal and family history may be necessary to continue diagnosis ...Read more

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I have severe anxiety that causes me to have seizures, are there any natural yet effective ways to calm myself? I lose sleep & appetite, & even cry?

Anxiety + Seizures: Symptoms of a seizure that are caused by anxiety are not the same as seizures caused by irregular electrical firing of the brain. The former may respond to counseling, hypnosis, reassurance, and treatment of anxiety. The latter tend to improve with medicines called anticonvulsants, such as phenytoin and levetiracetam. Whatever helps your anxiety will probably help your seizure symptoms. ...Read more

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I am constantly aware of my heart beat. It's not necessarily fast, but I can always feel it in my chest. I have severe anxiety. Could this cause it?

Yes: Normal events can preoccupy us when we have high anxiety. If you have the patience for non-prescription treatment of anxiety you are an excellent candidate for stress reduction techniques, most notably meditation and/or yoga. ...Read more

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Have extrasystoles everyday constantly. Had EKG said normal just need lifestyle change.Can anxiety cause constant extra beats? I have severe anxiety.

Have extrasystoles everyday constantly. Had EKG said normal just need lifestyle change.Can anxiety cause constant extra beats? I have severe anxiety.

Palpitations: 26 year old lady with a past medical history of anxiety experiencing extrasystolic heartbeats continually.
Anxiety does cause cardiac symptoms. However, there are several risk factors including a personal or family history of arrhythmia, family history of sudden death, and other cardiac risk factors that determine whether further workup is indicated. Get cardiology consult and ZIO Patch/Holter Mon ...Read more

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I have severe anxiety which leads me to examine my breasts a little too hard. I poked one area so much that I broke the skin and it became infected. There is now a firm moveable lump underneath. Could all the poking have caused this?

Yes: Maybe you gave yourself a bruise.Need to see a doctor for exam . Consider a mental health physician to help your severe anxiety and self abuse issues. Hitting your breasts is painful and can be treated with medication so you can feel better. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychosis (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychoses (Definition)

Psychosis is a condition mostly seen in Schizophrenia and conditions where certain drugs cause psychotic symptoms. Symptoms may include auditory and visual hallucinations and a break with reality. Psychotic symptoms can be managed with medications and usually begin at the age of 20+ but can also be seen earlier or later as in Dementia or ...Read more