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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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What to do if I have depression add anxiety and hypo mania. What are the chances my kids will have these?

What to do if I have depression add anxiety and hypo mania. What are the chances my kids will have these?

15-20%: Studies have show that there is a strong genetic component to mood and anxiety disorders. Most studies show that the chances of passing ether to your child is approximately 15-20%. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I have add possibly anxiety disorder? How woud i know?

Help? I believe I have add possibly anxiety disorder? How woud i know?

Psychological or: Psychiatric assessment would likely be your best bet to accurately diagnose you. Whether you have add/adhd or an anxiety- the correct diagnosis allows for an individualized treatment plan. I hope you get help soon. Take care. ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram) not helping me think as clear or be as focused as I used to be. Maybe have ADD? What can I do as I have anxiety

Lexapro (escitalopram) not helping me think as clear or be as focused as I used to be. Maybe have ADD? What can I do as I have anxiety

See psychiatrist: Lexapro (escitalopram) is the drug used for anxiety and depression it should help to relieve anxiety .One can have another disorder along with as ADD,and you cannot focus .Better discuss your concern with your doctor -psychiatrist , he may prescribe another medication for improving attention and focussing ...Read more

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I have major anxiety, hard making decisions, i feel nausa when needed to could this be some ocd. I have add?

I have major anxiety, hard making decisions, i feel nausa when needed to could this be some ocd. I have add?

OCD: Ocd can be accompanied by anxiety but difficulty making decisions could be a separate issue related to your sense of self. If you doubt your worthiness it is unlikely you will feel comfortable making decisions. Seek a consultation with a mental health professional who can help you distinguish between these concerns and begin unlearning your fears through psychotherapy. ...Read more

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I have add and a anxiety disorder . I have a hard time with multilple task with remembering . I wounder if ritalin (methylphenidate) or something else would help thank?

I have add and a anxiety disorder . I have a  hard time with multilple task with remembering . I wounder if ritalin (methylphenidate) or something else would help thank?

ADD, anxiety & Trt: Stimulants like Ritalin (methylphenidate) can improve attention deficit disorder related reduced concentration, but stimulants can increase anxiety. You can get a genetic test (e.g. Genesight by assurexhealth.Com) using a cheek swab to identify what psychiatric medications (stimulants, antidepressants and atypical neuroleptics) you are more likely to tolerate and respond. Ask your doctor to use such a test for you. ...Read more

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Meds for add are the only meds that helped my depression and social anxiety, i don't have add, can they be used off label for depression?

Meds for add are the only meds that helped my depression and social anxiety, i don't have add,  can they be used off label for depression?

Absolutely: I would recommend you limit your alcohol use to zero, however. If you have ever had problems with cocaine, you may be prone to escalate the stimulant dose, in which case your doctor would be forced to stop it. ...Read more

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Bad fall in 06, back, slder, nck, leg pain, sev.Anxiety, epression, at 34 have add, restless leg. Now told by dr. Have fibromyalgia. Can you hlp?

Bad fall in 06, back, slder, nck, leg pain, sev.Anxiety, epression, at 34 have add, restless leg. Now told by dr. Have fibromyalgia. Can you hlp?

Not sure: Not sure how we can help you here. My advice is to avoid taking narcotic opiate pain medication, because with all of your problems, you may set yourself up for drug dependencies down the road. Another bit of advice, try and figure out what form of exercise you can consistently tolerate and get yourself in a routine. Eat a proper and balanced diet. You are not necessarily doomed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Klonopin is working wonders for me but in addition to severe anxiety, I have add & am so scatterbrained. Is it okay to take both klonopin and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Klonopin is working wonders for me but in addition to severe anxiety, I have add & am so scatterbrained. Is it okay to take both klonopin and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Yes, but...: There's no medical reason these can't be taken together. However, they may "fight" each other: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a stimulant that can add to anxiety, whereas Klonopin is a sedating tranquilizer that can worsen your attention and concentration. Your doctor would need to monitor your situation closely with this combination to make sure it's helping and not hurting. There are alternatives for each, too. ...Read more

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What if idont have add but something else like my anxitey and i'm taking strattera (atomoxetine) what will happen a school psychiatrist evaluated me i'm on iep?

What if idont have add but something else like my anxitey and i'm taking strattera (atomoxetine) what will happen a school psychiatrist evaluated me i'm on iep?

Stratters: The mechanism of action of strattera (atomoxetine) is similar to the tricyclic antidepressants/ anti anxiety medications. There is nothing about the effects of strattera (atomoxetine) that should be obvious to a psychiatrist. Strattera is an unusual choice if all that you have is anxiety. ...Read more

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How to know if I have add?

How to know if I have add?

Have it evaluated: The treatments available for this disorder are often schedule 2 controlled drugs that require prescription and are monitored by state and federal authorities. A proper evaluation by your physician along with charted documentation of your history and problems are necessary. Other non add issues can have symptoms that appear similar. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have add?

How do I know if I have add?

Reasons 4 distract'n: Many things in life r distracting. Not all of them r add. Anxiety, depression, family problems, trying to do more than is humanly possible, all can cause loss of focus. We are told we shd be able to "multitask, " but we can't. The term comes from computers, ; they can't without more than 1 processor. We only get 1 processor. Get an evaluation w/ a therapist who is not already convinced it's add. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have add?

How can I tell if  I have add?

School history: Best is to check school history not able to focus not able to concentrate fidgety restless atarts multiple projects not able to finish mostly interrupts people during conversation there are more symptoms need professional assesment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have add?

Can you tell me if I have add?

No: The diagnosis of add can be made after a proper history, physical and neurological exam and screening tests. If you have reviewed some on line sites with q and a profiles that make you suspect the problem, call your doc and see if he/she works with that problem. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have add?

By Being Tested: A learning specialist will be able to test you, but the diagnosis is still somewhat subjective. ...Read more

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I think I have add how can I get help?

I think I have add how can I get help?

See doctor: If you suspect you have adhd, you should consult your doctor. This is a neurobiologic disorder that cannot be diagnosed by a layperson or teacher. The decision on how to help is based on a thorough evaluation by a well trained doctor for each individual patient. And, yes, adults can have add persist from childhood. ...Read more

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Do you need a CESD test if you have ADD?

Do you need a CESD test if you have ADD?

Diagnostic criteria : of ADHD -Primarily Inattentive Type = onset before age 10 of significant symptoms of inattention that cause harmful dysfunction at home & school or work for 6 mos. or >. Males often have ADHD-Combined Type in childhood, with significant hyperactivity/impulsivity, as well. 70% of cases of ADHD have comorbid ODD, anxiety, depression &/or learning disorders. The CES-D screens only for depression. ...Read more

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What is a good way to test if I have add?

What is a good way to test if I have add?

Doctor: People with add tend to be easily distractable, impulsive and have trouble with organization. A psychologist is a good place for an adult to start for an expert thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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I think I have add. How can I get treated?

I think I have add. How can I get treated?

See doctor: If you suspect you have adhd, you should consult your doctor. This is a neurobiologic disorder that cannot be diagnosed by a layperson or google. The decision on how to treat is based on a thorough evaluation by a well trained doctor for each individual patient. And, yes, adults can have add persist from childhood. ...Read more

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How would i be able to tell if I have add?

Adhd/bipolar: Adhd shows inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity. Need thorough assessment by a mental health professional. Assessment by professional is good way to know. ...Read more