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Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?

Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?

Not quite: It's more a pattern of frequent, constant worry & anxiety over many different activities & events. A number of physical symptoms may also be present, including muscle tension (shakiness, headaches) & stomach problems, such as nausea or diarrhea. The fear of going out that you're referring to is mentioned usually more in relation to agoraphobia or social anxiety. Google them... Wishing you well. ...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


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Is it possible that I have social anxiety disorder?

Is it possible that I have social anxiety disorder?

Maybe: Symptoms of a social anxiety disorder can including being worried about being judged by others or doing something to embarrass yourself around others. You could turn pink, sweat, tremble, suddenly find it hard to talk or make eye contact or have a shaky voice. You might avoid doing things w people so that you don't do something embarrassing ; you likely make an effort to never be the center of >. ...Read more

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Is this paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder that makes me stay up late worried about my job?

Is this paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder that makes me stay up late worried about my job?

Anxiety--probably: Paranoid personality disorder has to do with strongly held, more or less exaggerated assumptions that other people are: out to purposefully harm and humiliate, are vindictive, and are actively 'hateful'. The paranoid person feels specifically (and unrealistically) persecuted. Paranoia leads to and is caused by anxieties, but it is more than an increase in troublesome worries about life. ...Read more

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If a person suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and is bi polar.. Were to be attacked physically want to know the possible out comes to that situation

If a person suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and is bi polar.. Were to be attacked physically want to know the possible out comes to that situation

Very complicated: They could experience exacerbation of ptsd symptoms particularly if the initial trauma was similar in nature. Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder are often exacerbated under times of stress being physically attacked would be a stressful event. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to be develop and eating disorder not out of self hate?

Is it possible for me to be develop and eating disorder not out of self hate?

Yes, good point: Many ed folk don't hate themselves or intend to have this happen.. Many psychological symptoms develop from mistaken efforts to do something good. Few want to harm themselves at the beginning of a problem. You might have wanted to avoid getting fat but got into bad patterns or habits which were even worse. It's a common tale and why we all need help sometimes. Find some, ok. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pregnant with anxiety disorder?Will it affect the baby everytime illhave panic attack and obssesive thoughts?

Is it possible to get pregnant with anxiety disorder?Will it affect the baby everytime illhave panic attack and obssesive thoughts?

Safe: Anxiety diosrders are among the most common emotional problems people deal with, so if these disorders were incompatible with safe pregnancy we might see a population decline. That said, excessive anxiety may interfere with preparation for parenthood and should be treated with psychotherapy. Some medications can also be safely used while pregnant, but best to avoid that route if possible. ...Read more

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Why is it that people with panic disorders and anxiety they will go insane?

Fear of insanity: Fear of losing sanity is one of the prime symptoms of panic attacks. Many people with panic attacks are otherwise very rational, intelligent, hard-working people. Panic attack symptoms (sudden extreme fear; pounding heart; shortness of breath; chest pressure; dizziness; tingling extremities and face; nausea, etc) feel completely irrational. Such a clear departure from usual, can feel "crazy.". ...Read more

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I psych myself out all the time and then have panic attacks. What is it that is wrong with me?

I psych myself out all the time and then have panic attacks. What is it that is wrong with me?

Anxiety Disorder: You could have an anxiety disorder, of which there are several types -- or possibly even depression with panic attacks. A psychiatrist can explore and sort through the possibilities with you, and suggest treatments that might help. If you don't know a psychiatrist, you can start with your family doctor and s/he may refer you. It sounds like psychotherapy would be helpful for you too. ...Read more

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I have major depressive disorder, my therapist is worried it could be a mood disorder though, what to do?

I have major depressive disorder, my therapist is worried it could be a mood disorder though, what to do?

Talk to your : Therapist. It is not clear what her concern is. Depression is a mood disorder, you may not have understood what she was concerned about. ...Read more

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Have severe anxiety, ocd and panic disorder. I have racing thoughts. Its very hard to concentrate, like my mind is 100 miles an hour. Is that common?

Have severe anxiety, ocd and panic disorder.  I have racing thoughts. Its very hard to concentrate, like my mind is 100 miles an hour. Is that common?

Common: Yes it is common, but you will be referred to a Psychologist as soon as possible. I am confident that over some time you will return to much better problems. Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more

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I have bipolar depression with psychotic tendencies and it stresses me out to the point that I get nauseous and vomit. Could I be anxious or scared?

I have bipolar depression with psychotic tendencies and it stresses me out to the point that I get nauseous and vomit. Could I be anxious or scared?

Anxiety disorders: frequently accompany bipolar disorder and amplify the condition. Specific treatment adjustments are necessary with this combination. Speak with your provider to determine the best treatment plan. Therapy to develop/improve anxiety management and stress reduction is very important. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice can be very helpful. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop anxiety and panic attacks just with a positive mindset?

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Is it possible to stop anxiety and panic attacks just with a positive mindset?

Panic & mind-set: Self-talk thru reassurance & positive thinking, meditating, imagery techniques thru visualizing pleasant instead of scary scenes, and exposure instead of avoidance , can eventually help you take better control over your negative thinking & fears. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have anxiety disorder and not know it? Have physical symptoms (tachycardia, sleep issues) but am mentally clear, happy, love life.

Is it possible to have anxiety disorder and not know it? Have physical symptoms (tachycardia, sleep issues) but am mentally clear, happy, love life.

See below: Have you talked to your primary care doctor? Before diagnosing any mental illness, e.g. Anxiety, depression, physical causes need to be ruled out. I would recommend talking to your primary care doctor first to do a full work up and then, move based on findings. Meanwhile, practice relaxation, stress management, sleep hygiene. Good luck! ...Read more

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Doctors say that I have anxiety. I have no fears or obsessions. All bothering me about anxiety is its episodic physical symptoms. Is that possible?

Yes: Anxiety often presents with physical symptoms- muscle tension, digestive problems, sleep problems are common. People can also experience panic attacks that often include racing heart, heart palpitations, sweating, and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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It fears me when I am at a train or plane that causes me to think that I'm going to have a panic attack?

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It fears me when I am at a train or plane that causes me to think that I'm going to have a panic attack?

Panic attack: Sudden intense anxiety or apprehension accompanied by sense of impending doom and other hyper arousal symptoms, either due to medical causes or part of panic disorder. Seek Counselor for Cognitive Behavior therapy to help with panic & take control. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a borderline personality or just generalized anxiety?

It isn't possible: To diagnose this over the internet. However, a careful psychiatric evaluation which may include psychological testing and take place over a number of sessions is likely to tease apart if either diagnosis is accurate or if they are co-existing. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have mental disorder from bullying?

Is it possible that I have mental disorder from bullying?

Yes: Please see a psychologist for a diagnostic workup. Best wishes. ...Read more

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OCD sufferer. I irrationally worry about everything from being gay to a killer to a schizophrenic. CBT and medication isn't helping. I know my intrusive thoughts are symptoms and not my actual thoughts, but am frustrated? I just want to be normal.

OCD sufferer. I irrationally worry about everything from being gay to a  killer to a schizophrenic. CBT and medication isn't helping. I know my intrusive thoughts are symptoms and not my actual thoughts, but am frustrated? I just want to be normal.

OCD treatable: If you have not a trial of indicated SSRI's, consider fluvoxamine which can be very effective with often a low side effect profile. The OCD Workbook, The Woman Who Thought Too Much and OCD for Dummies are both regarded highly. The International OCD Foundation for referrals, bibliography, articles, and support. Food allergy investigation, anti-inflammatories, exercise, neurofeedback as options. ...Read more

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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere ...Read more


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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

Severe, ongoing anxiety that ...Read more