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I am experiencing fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

I am experiencing  fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as symptoms you describe 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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Phobia (Definition)

An irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a strong desire to avoid it. Such fears can be considered anxiety disorders or symptoms characterized by unnecessary avoidance of a situation out of fear. Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. And, avoidance serves as a sort of ...Read more


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I am experiencing feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair, feelings of worthlessness) and feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological str...

I am experiencing  feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair, feelings of worthlessness)  and feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological str...

See doctor: Depression is a common illness. It is due to chemical imbalance in the brain and is not a moral failing. There are effective treatments and you should see a doctor for an evaluation and prescription. Do not let the depression keep you from seeing a doctor. Wish you good health. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if have sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I am experiencing restlessness, feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) , feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair, feelings of worthlessness, feeling smothered) and irritability. What should I do?

I am experiencing  restlessness, feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) , feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair, feelings of worthlessness, feeling smothered)  and irritability. What should I do?

Anxiety/depression: You have all the classic symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. This is very common, and it is very important you see your doctor as soon as possible. Getting help to treat your issues can be very beneficial, including therapy, counseling, and possible medications. The simple fact that you are discussing your feelings now is a first step, so make the call to see the Doctor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Feeling PANICKY can't breathe can't calm down heart racing unreality anger spouts of suicidal thoughts exhausted tired body aches mind scattered ovrw?

Feeling PANICKY can't breathe can't calm down heart racing unreality anger spouts of suicidal thoughts  exhausted tired body aches mind scattered ovrw?

Seek help: Any time you have suicidal thoughts or urges it warrants getting some assistance. It is not normal to think about harming yourself, and this can be a symptom of depression. Get a consultation with a trusted provider. Treatment is available. ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) , paranoid behavior and feeling depressed. What medications could help?

I am experiencing  feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) , paranoid behavior and feeling depressed. What medications could help?

Anxious & Depressed: Medication is not the only way to treat your symptoms. Please see a clinical psychologist to learn strategies to deal w/your situation. Cognitive therapy (working w/your "self-talk" is one such way. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I feel stressed, angry and anxious all the time. Social anxiety is getting worse.

I feel stressed, angry and anxious all the time. Social anxiety is getting worse.

Anxiety: To get started consider talking to a primary care provider or seek a consult from a psychiatrist or psychologist, including those on HealthTap. It is also important to try and contributing factors. There are formal treatment options available. If more interested in self-based efforts consider finding activities that you typically enjoy, and those that ease stress, anger, and anxiety. ...Read more

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Mood swings, violent thoughts toward myself/others, easily irritated/agitated, restless/exhausted, racing thoughts, can't focus, depressed. Help?

Mood swings, violent thoughts toward myself/others, easily irritated/agitated, restless/exhausted, racing thoughts, can't focus, depressed. Help?

Clearly: This is not something that can be handled online. Your medications are not helping enough, and you need to see a psychiatrist asap for complete evaluation and treatment. If currently having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of violence towards others, please go to an emergency room for evaluation. Please get a friend or family member to drive you, or call 911. ...Read more

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Having panic attack symptoms without anxiety or feeling panicked ?

Having panic attack symptoms without anxiety or feeling panicked ?

non-fearful panic: Non-fearful panic attacks were described in the early 1980's and the treatment is the same as for panic attacks. ...Read more

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I feel anxiety and fear of persons?

I feel anxiety and fear of persons?

These types of : Symptoms can be treated. I would encourage a comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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Anxiety panic attacks nothing feels real i'm constantly dissociated depression never in a good mood always uncomfortable mentally?

Anxiety panic attacks nothing feels real i'm constantly dissociated depression never in a good mood always uncomfortable mentally?

Mental health: Please consult a psychiatrist as there may be behavioral therapy and/or medications that would help. Your symptoms are due to chemical imbalance in the brain and are not a moral failing. You deserve to feel better, but you have to take the first step by contacting a doctor for an evaluation. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) and panic attack. The following also describe me: Irritability, Feeling dep...

I am experiencing  feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress)  and panic attack. The following also describe me: Irritability, Feeling dep...

Panic can manifest: In many ways and magnify small symptoms into big ones. Please have your doc examine you to rule out underlying medical conditions and then see a mental health professional who specializes in panic attacks. They are very treatable. Qigong, yoga, breathing exercises, meditation are also useful tools to empower you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Anxiety and racing thoughts--treatment?

Anxiety and racing thoughts--treatment?

Diagnose cause first: Anxiety and racing thoughts can be psychological or physical in origin. The symptoms could be part of hyperthyroidism or other medical issues. If you have no history of anxiety or depression, include your primary care physician in the evaluation to rule out medical causes. ...Read more

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Could racing thoughts feel scary and demonic?

Seek help.: If you have racing thoughts that you believe are scary or demonic, you should seek mental health help asap. Sometimes people who have psychosis may have scary delusions or thoughts. People w/ obsessive-compulsive d/o can have scary, disturbing, intrusive thoughts. Regardless, if you are fearful you may harm yourself or someone else, you should seek professional help asap. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks or near panic attacks (high anxiety) leave you feeling very tired, drained and/or depressed after they pass?

Can panic attacks or near panic attacks (high anxiety) leave you feeling very tired, drained and/or depressed after they pass?

Yes: Anxiety can take a lot out of you and anxiety and depression can commonly go together. If you are not on medication I would suggest you consider it. I would be happy to discuss options with you through my virtual practice or you could consult a psychiatrist in person in your area. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I'm tired of being depressed and feeling anxious and panicky. Any advice?

I'm tired of being depressed and feeling anxious and panicky. Any advice?

See below: Have you seen your primary care doctor to rule out any medical issues that might be causing your sx? For depression and anxiety: practice relaxation, mediation, guided imagery (you can google it); keep a diary of the events when you happen to be anxious/depressed: what happened; thoughts you had; what helped;where did it feel in your body; establish small achievable goals. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can anxiety kinda make you feel nausea carsick feeling?

Can anxiety kinda make you feel nausea carsick feeling?

Yes it can: First make sure that there is nothing physically wrong, then consider psychotherapy to help sort out why you are anxious and how to reduce your stress and anxiety. ...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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Help! i'm having extremely paranoid/irrational fears?

Help! i'm having extremely paranoid/irrational fears?

Be seen ASAP!: If having extremely paranoid fears, it can be very frightening. Please see a psychiatrist asap -- even in the er since it's saturday. The er staff will evaluate your first, and make sure you get the help you need. ...Read more

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I am experiencing irrational fear or phobia. The following also describe me: Poor concentration, Feeling anxious, Irritability, and Nervousness. What?

Not certain what: you are asking here. Have you considered cognitive behavioral therapy for this symptoms. I might not be addressing your question - so please consider resubmitting and clarifying the question. ...Read more

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How can I cope with anxiety and phobia?

How can I cope with anxiety and phobia?

Cognitive Behavioral: Therapy is an actual approach to both anxiety and phobias. ...Read more

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I need advice about anxiety from phobias. How do I keep calm?

Psychotherapy: There are effective psychological treatments for phobias. See a behavioral therapist for treatment. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to completely eliminate ones phobias and anxiety issues?

What is the quickest way to completely eliminate ones phobias and anxiety issues?

Solution: Research indicates that best way to eliminate phobias is through behavioral desensitization where you gradually expose yourself repeatedly to the feared object. ...Read more

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I know I have a phobia which is a huge factor in my life. I am experiencing health issues due to anxiety. I feel like suiciding. Can i be like i was?

I know I have a phobia which is a huge factor in my life. I am experiencing health issues due to anxiety. I feel like suiciding. Can i be like i was?

Fears & Depression: I am very proud of you for the courage it takes to verbalize how real this is for you. But, i can promise you that there is a way back to health and serenity. If you have not told anyone where you live that you feel this bad then please get to the school counselor or call your pediatrician or family doctor. There very well may be a phone number known as a 'crisis' line in the county. Call that. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if social phobia/anxiety is a lifetime illness?

Doesn't have to be: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can work to alleviate the causes of your anxiety. If you also have panic attacks, a good book to read is "when panic attacks" by david burns md. ...Read more

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What is the most effective medication for anxiety / panic / phobias?

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What is the most effective medication for anxiety / panic / phobias?

Anxiety: Depends on severity and duration. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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Could you tell me ways to treat severe social phobia anxiety for my family christmas party?

Could you tell me ways to treat severe social phobia anxiety for my family christmas party?

Behavioral Path: Social phobia = intense fear of embarrassment + feeling judged by others. Effective behavioral treatment involves facing these fears - even trying 2embarrass urself deliberately in front of others. U work ur way up 2more & more challenging situations. A clinical psychologist/anxiety expert can tailor a specific plan 4u based on ur history & needs. See http://1.Usa.Gov/10k & http://bit.Ly/16ctddm. ...Read more

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Best medications or treatment for phobias and anxiety?

Phobias & anxiety: Psychotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for many kinds of anxiety, especially cognitive behavioral along with desensitization for phobias. Generalized anxiety d/o & ocd also benefit, but medications can be helpful also. Non-habit-forming ssri's are helpful here and with panic d/o -- cbt with that one as well. Sometimes temporarily, benzodiazepines can be used, but the goal is short-term only. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat social phobia/social anxiety?

What can I do to treat social phobia/social anxiety?

CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have social phobia or anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have social phobia or anxiety disorder?

See a Professional: Instead of self-diagnosing, it generally is best to go see a professional. Psychologists and psychiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat social phobia and anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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How to get over my severe anxiety and phobias on bugs! please i really need help!?

How to get over my severe anxiety and phobias on bugs! please i really need help!?

Consider hypnosis: Consider hypnosis and or progressive desensitization to overcome your phobia. Both techniques can cure you of the phobia. Find a psychologist who can teach you these simple interventions. Sometimes additional psychotherapy may be needed if the phobia is connected to a traumatic event. Let us know how you do! ...Read more

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Is there a good way to deal with exponentially worsening phobia-based anxiety when i'm at school 4 hours from home and can't see my doctors?

Is there a good way to deal with exponentially worsening phobia-based anxiety when i'm at school 4 hours from home and can't see my doctors?

Noncompliance : If you have a thyroid disorder, nothing is likely to help. If you are depressed and not taking an antidepressant, do your doctors know? They should be notified. I would recommend that you be honest with yourself and your doctors. You should have a doctor at school monitor your meds if you are going to be away from home, and you should get a therapist at school as well. Contact student health serv. ...Read more

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What are possible treatments for social phobia/anxiety?

Anxiety treatments: Are relaxation training plus cognitive therapy that includes gradual exposure to anxiety-producing situations in imagination and real life. If you find it difficult to learn relaxation, find a biofeedback professional (www.Bcia.Org or www.Aapb.Org). Entrenched anxiety may require medication. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for phobia and anxiety/depression treatment?

What is the best medicine for phobia and anxiety/depression treatment?

There is no one best: medication. It will depend on things like what you have responded to before, allergies, drug interactions etc. ...Read more

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How can therapy help a social phobia/anxiety?

How can  therapy help a social phobia/anxiety?

Therapy for anxiety: Teaches you skills in relaxation & how to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. Anxiety is a learned response. You retrain your mind & body to react differently. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. ...Read more

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I need some advice for dealing with anxiety and dental phobia?

Dental phobia: consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy (imaginal exposure therapy, systematic desensitization, flooding, prolonged exposure therapy, in vivo exposure therapy) or hypnosis as possible options. Psychotropic medications are sometimes indicated as well. ...Read more

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My niece has a phobia towards movies. Any movie. When a movie begins she starts to tremble and cry. Is there any way to ease her anxiety?

My niece has a phobia towards movies. Any movie. When a movie begins she starts to tremble and cry. Is there any way to ease her anxiety?

CBT: Don't know how old she is. I am supposing that she might be a child. She may benefit from work with a child psychologist. Depending on her age, some form of cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful for her. ...Read more

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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