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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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I know that stress can cause tension headaches but i was wondering if anxiety/panic attacks cause do the same thing?

I know that stress can cause tension headaches but i was wondering if anxiety/panic attacks cause do the same thing?

Yes but Prevent: Panic attacks are basically a form of severe anxiety. Stress and anxiety can also trigger migraine which can respond very well to specific medication. Also, there are meds which reduce the frequency of the resulting headaches. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes adrenal fatigue? Is it when the body has had too many anxiety attacks and stress over time?

What causes adrenal fatigue? Is it when the body has had too many anxiety attacks and stress over time?

Not a medical problm: "Adrenal fatigue" is a non medical term used by holistic doctors to describe a set of common symptoms that many people have who are depressed, anxious, stressed, etc. People who are told of having this usually do not have any problem with their adrenal gland function, despite whatever non approved tests are done (typically a cortisol saliva test) that is described as "abnormal" ...Read more

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Can PVC be caused by stress? If so how can anxiety cause pvc? I have around 700 pac/pvc per day but if i have panic attack ill have more in short time

Can PVC be caused by stress? If so how can anxiety cause pvc? I have around 700 pac/pvc per day but if i have panic attack ill have more in short time

PVC and stress: You heart may be sensitive to catecholamines and that is what is released in stress. Check to make sure not low potassium ,calcium, magnesium, thyroid, arrhythmogenic right heart , Wolff Parkinson White ,associated use of drugs(cocaine), alcohol, or caffeine . Note everyone has PVC when holter is done, though 700 is on the higher end. Check echo,ask about B blocker use f/u w/doc. ...Read more

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I'm confused because I keep being told panic attacks and anxiety can't do anything to me but other doctors say that it can cause stress cardiomyopathy?

I'm confused because I keep being told panic attacks and anxiety can't do anything to me but other doctors say that it can cause stress cardiomyopathy?

Beware Cardiac Fear: After you have been cleared of having any current cardiac or cardiovascular disease, beware: fear of having a heart attack when you are only having a panic attack can lead to you spending many thousands of dollars needlessly, and expose yourself to unnecessary dangers such as catheterization for exploratory diagnosis--which can be deadly. Read what NIMH says about Panic Disorder. ...Read more

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Can stress cause pelvic pain like ovary pain ? I've been so stressed out where i devolped anxiety / depression & panic attacks

Can stress cause pelvic pain like ovary pain ? I've been so stressed out where i devolped anxiety / depression & panic attacks

Yes visceral pain: Yes stress can certainly cause pelvic pain which might be interpreted as ovarian pain. More importantly, what is stressing you out so much. You don't say. However, you need to get help for anxiety/depression and panic attacks. Feel free to write back. Even better find a caring competent psychologist/psychiatrist who can work to improve your painful symptoms. ...Read more

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I have been having a lot of anxiety attacks and stress. What can I do to control iy?

Anxiety Attacks: Panic attacks are common anxiety disorders that are easily treated using cognitive behavioral therapy. We can typically eliminate panic attacks around 90% of the time in less than 10 sessions. Get thee to a good psychologist. Ask your primary care doctor for a referral. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my boyfriend has "stress induced anxiety attacks", what do you suggest?

Panic disorder: , generalized anxiety disorder, or social anxiety disorder. These are the situations in which panic attacks or anxiety attacks are most likely to occur. Ask your boyfriend to see a psychiatrist and a psychologist for both medicinal and psychological treatment. He should see his family doctor first to have a physical cause of his symptoms ruled out. Best wishes for a happy and blessed holiday season. ...Read more

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I got diagnosee with stress and anxiety attacks what can I do to control them? I freak out when it happens

Panic/breathing: You may have been diagnose with anxiety that includes panic attacks. Many people find it helpful to address the physical symptoms during an attack. Ex. Try to regain control over your breathing. There are many websites that can help teach you specific techniques to use. These techniques take daily practice, so they will be effective during panic. Main goal: feel back in control of your body. ...Read more

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Best med for anxiety - stress -- panic attacks?

Best med for anxiety - stress -- panic attacks?

No med right for all: Still, for my patients, i usually include regular Clonazepam in the treatment. I only use it routinely --not to chase panic, but to prevent it. Some drs don't like this approach, but we've been very successful with this as a key part of an ongoing regimen of meds and non-med approaches to anxiety/panic. We ultimately wean the meds without much problem. ...Read more

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Anxiety, stress, worry, panic attacks. Are they a continuum.?

Anxiety, stress, worry, panic attacks. Are they a continuum.?

More like a mix.: The first three often are used interchangably, though they differ. One can feel "stressed, " which usually means worried and anxious, but stress also makes people worried and anxious. One could be worried without necessarily being anxious. Panic attacks, though, are a different level. They are a specific reaction to anxiety to which some people are vulnerable and others are not. ...Read more

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I have anxiety attacks and when they happen I am usually just hanging out watching tv. How do I prevent attacks when I don't realize I'm stressed?

Anxiety: I have a great explanation I give to my patients explaining how anxiety ALWAYS has a logical source--it always started somewhere with a true threat. But the way neurons function in the brain allows neurons to fire when you are cued in some way by something that is tied to the original threat at the neuron level. Effective medications and expert anxiety treatment can really help stop panic for good ...Read more

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AF due tomorrow... Has anxiety and panic attacks lately, spotted a little when wiping yesterday today nothing, can this be due to stress? Worried.

AF due tomorrow... Has anxiety and panic attacks lately, spotted a little when wiping  yesterday today nothing, can this be due to stress? Worried.

Don't worry: Stress can definitely affect your periods in many different ways. Try not to worry about a little menstrual irregularity. It is very common and no reason for concern. Try to relax. ...Read more

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How can one relieve anxiety/stress/panic attacks?

Learn skills: Abdominal breathing, muscle relaxation, guided imagery, mindfulness meditation, biofeedback, psychotherapy, acupuncture, nutrition, exercise and medications can all help. See www.Thehealingmind.Org for self- care books and audios. Work with a good integrative doctor to help guide you. ...Read more

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Does Hydroxyzine help with stress, anxiety, and panic attacks?

Yes and also therapy: Yes this can help in the short run but some counseling around anxiety management would be best for long term treatment ...Read more

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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more