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How long does it take for stress to kill you. I've suffered anxiety for 10-15 years. Stress quite a lot recently. Will I die from this any time soon?

How long does it take for stress to kill you. I've suffered anxiety for 10-15 years. Stress quite a lot recently. Will I die from this any time soon?

Not that simple: Anxiety disorders can contribute to a variety of other health concerns. However, anxiety is not in and of it's self a lethal condition.

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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Stress and anxiety is always high, does this mean I'm going to drop dead? Have saw reports of chronic stress/anxiety leading to sudden death.

Stress and anxiety is always high, does this mean I'm going to drop dead? Have saw reports of chronic stress/anxiety leading to sudden death.

Not necessarely: High stress and anxiety can lead to suddens dath in people with high risk factrs like obesity, sedentary life style, lack of exercise, diebetes, high BP, history of previous HA or stroke. In young healthy person, High stress can be surprisingly well tolerated

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34 M echo-stress Jan 2015 perfect. Why do I feel no interest in life and think always of impending death? Am I sick or going mad? Leads to anxiety.

34 M echo-stress Jan 2015 perfect. Why do I feel no interest in life and think always of impending death? Am I sick or going mad? Leads to anxiety.

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression or anxiety 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.

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I am sedentary, obese, have high bp, scared of sudden death. Are my chances of sudden death over 30%? I stay chronically stressed and have anxiety.

Risk of sudden death: Assessing the risk of sudden death is a serious process and can not be done based on a few words. A careful evaluation is required. You have identified some important areas of concern about your health, and you should have a medical doctor guide you into better shape. Get a consult here on HealthTap or see a doctor in person to get started and get all your questions answered.

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I have hbp. Worry constantly over health. Chronic severe anxiety. Saw link between stress and heart disease/sudden death. Have I doomed myself?

I have hbp. Worry constantly over health. Chronic severe anxiety. Saw link between stress and heart disease/sudden death. Have I doomed myself?

No. U have not.: 1st b sure ur seeing a doc who will treat u effectively. Then there is a lot u can do 2 prevent the cardiovascular problems that may occur w/ untreated HTN. Eat properly, not 2 much salt. Normal weight. Regular exercise.Be sure u don't have sleep apnea.All this will delay or even prevent cardiovascular complications. If ur still anxious meditation can help. If ur still anxious u may need psych help.

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Can I trust klonoping to get me thru the night so I don't have to go to ER evry day for same thing stress anxiety fear of death think my heart gon sto?

Can I trust klonoping to get me thru the night so I don't have to go to ER evry day for same thing stress anxiety fear of death think my heart gon sto?

Proper treatment: If your anxiety and panic has landed you in the er, then you will need more proper treatment including medication and cbt. Some of the antidepressants -not all- also work as anxiety modulators. They have to be used by someone experienced in treatment of anxiety. We don't use benzos such as Klonopin (clonazepam) alone in treatment. Anxiety is very treatable, so see a specialist and your life will change.

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35M with good EKG. Doc prescribed 10mg citalopram for anxiety and cardio phobia. Heard can cause heart attack&death. Scared. Echo stress lipids good.

35M with good EKG. Doc prescribed 10mg citalopram for anxiety and cardio phobia. Heard can cause heart attack&death. Scared. Echo stress lipids good.

Very rare: Citalopram can cause death under very rare circumstances such as when a heart is sensitive to QT interval prolongation. QT interval is a part of the heart beat cycle. The incidence of this is very infrequent.

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Odd question BUT can stress/anxiety or anything else cause My Meningioma to grow? Or does that just happen on its own? Y do I have multiple?

Odd question BUT can stress/anxiety or anything else cause My Meningioma to grow? Or does that just happen on its own? Y do I have multiple?

Typically stable: Meningiomas are typically very slowly growing benign tumors. While uncommon symptomatically, some studies show up to 2-3% of the population may have meningiomas but do not know it. In general, there have been no specific associations made with stress. There are genetic disorders that do have meningiomas as part of the syndrome (eg neurofibromatosis, which may be associated with multiple ones).

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Is stress related to anxiety?

Is stress related to anxiety?

May be synonymous: Often people say "i'm stressed, " when they mean "i'm anxious." but, not all stress leads to anxiety. If stress is defined as having a lot on one's plate and striving toward short and long-term goals, this does not necessarily lead to unpleasant anxiety. Perhaps this person is experiencing the flow of being engaged in life's challenges. Our interpretations of our circumstances affect how we feel.

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How to control stress/anxiety?

Anxiety: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active.

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How to handle stress and anxiety?

Anxiety ; Stress: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be quite effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night ; good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. Don't isolate - spend time with friends and stay active.

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Anxiety/stress leading to illness?

Anxiety/stress leading to illness?

Anxiety/stress: Involves numerous hormones that stimulate the autonomic nervous system, increase blood volume and blood pressure, stimulate the adrenal glands, affect metabolism of sugar, fat and protein, affect the immune system, etc. In other words, anxiety/stress affect virtually every part of your physiology and when chronic can contribute to many illnesses.

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How to deal with anxiety and stress?

How to deal with anxiety and stress?

Take steps: See your therapist, engage family to help understand what you are going through and how to be supportive, learn relaxation techniques, take your medications as prescribed, talk with your doctor about dietary factors that may contribute, exercise regularly and smile (at least once every 4 hours while awake and twice while sleeping :})!!

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Can stress/anxiety make you feel cold?

Can stress/anxiety make you feel cold?

Yes: "cold sweat" is a common neurovegetative reaction to stress/anxiety.

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How can I treat my stress and anxiety?

Relaxation: Learning to lower stress through relaxation techniques is an easy and side effect way to start to treat your stress and anxiety. Try learning to do meditation and relaxation, and seek the help of a qualified mental health counselor or psychologist to assist you if you prefer. Use experts wisely...They are there to help and make your progress more rapid and efficient.

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What are symptoms of stress and anxiety?

Symptoms of Stress: There can be a plethora of symptoms of anxiety and stress which include, but are not limited to: negative thoughts, racing heart, sweating, chest tightness, worry, difficulty concentrating, difficulty falling asleep, racing thoughts, feeling "keyed up", a sense of doom, tremors, headaches, high blood pressure.

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Why does stress/anxiety make pain worse?

Why does stress/anxiety make pain worse?

Muscle tension. . .: Pain is perceived and interpreted by the brain. When one feels anxious or worried, one may tense muscles that worsen the pain. In addition, in an anxious state one might focus excessively on the pain and avoid activities that might decrease how much pain is noticed. Carly Simon's 1974 song, "Haven't Got Time For the Pain" comes to mind.

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Can anxiety or stress cause my butt to itch?

Can anxiety or stress cause my butt to itch?

Not so likely: More likely you have a bug bite or some kind of skin reaction to soap or other product you're using. If you cannot see the area well by yourself, please ask a friend to look. If very severe, see your physician.

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Is anxiety and stress causing physical pain?

Possibly: It is not uncommon for patients with high anxiety and stress levels to have a low pain threshold. Be sure to see your physician if you are experiencing this.

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How can I recover from my anxiety and stress?

How can I recover from my anxiety and stress?

Get professional: Help. Start by seeing your physician for a med eval to rule out medical causes. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation.

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