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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. ...Read more

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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 :})!! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do you hold stress/anxiety in your shoulders?

Do you hold stress/anxiety in your shoulders?

Yes: You can hold stress anywhere in your body. You may notice inexplicable aches and pains in your body when you're stressed out or anxious. Try scanning your body every 5 minutes to notice any tense areas and then consciously relax them. ...Read more

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What can I do to cope with anxiety and stress?

How severe is it: It depends on how severe and debilitating your anxiety is. If your symptoms are more mild, you might feel some relief with establishment of a mindfulness, meditation, or yoga practice along with a good regimen of daily exercise and dietary structure. If your symptoms are severe enough to cause significant impairment in your work and social life though, you should seek professional consultation. ...Read more

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How can I effectivly manage stress and anxiety?

How can I effectivly manage stress and anxiety?

Stress management: Look at the things that you can/cannot control. Relaxation, exercising, sleep hygiene will help with stress reduction. Establishing routine for yourself will help you make environment more predictable and help reduce stress. You can also talk to a psychotherapist to help you guide through the process. ...Read more

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If tou have stress and anxiety, how do you cope?

If tou have stress and anxiety, how do you cope?

Options: Exercise is a great way to help cope with anxiety. Limiting sugar and caffeine intake can also be of benefit. Other options are acupuncture, chamomile tea to help de-stress, journaling may help identify potential triggers of the anxiety and cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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How is anxiety and stress related to one another?

How is anxiety and stress related to one another?

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. ...Read more

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How to tell if you suffer from stress and anxiety?

How to tell if you suffer from stress and anxiety?

Stress/ anxiety: 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. Sometimes the worst thing about anxiety is the just not being able to put your finger on the reason that you feel that way. ...Read more

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Is there any medication good for stress & anxiety?

If there's an: Anxiety disorder then medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or Buspar (buspirone) can be helpful. I don't usually recommend medication if the only issue is stress. Lifestyle changes can be helpful for both. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night ; good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies ;. ...Read more

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Anxiety, stress, or am I nervous? What should I do?

Anxiety: If you are persistently anxious you need to find out the source of your distress. Confide in your close friends or family to see if you can uncover what is troubling you and how to deal with the cause effectively. If your distress continues consult a mental health professional who can help you achieve both goals. Best. ...Read more

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What physical symptoms of stress/anxiety are there?

What physical symptoms of stress/anxiety are there?

Multiple: Short term physical effects of anxiety can be insomnia, change in appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, sweating, muscle tension, headaches, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. High stress and anxiety over the long term can put one at a higher risk for medical illnesses such as heart disease. ...Read more

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What should I do to help relieve stress and anxiety?

Time out for yoursel: No way to get rid of it but taking time for yourself and either meditate, do yoga or do physical exercise might be very helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,299 Doctors shared insights

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