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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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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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I have generalized anxiety disorder. Is it normal to forget how normal body functions feel?

I have generalized anxiety disorder. Is it normal to forget how normal body functions feel?

Yes, it is common: People with anxiety often focus so much on the slightest sensation in their bodies. Often, they may even exacerbate normal functions and convince themsleves that something very bad is happening to their bodies. A lot of anxiety can also make people "feel" symptoms that have no match with the body's anatomy or physiology. Usually, effectively treating anxiety will make this a lot better. ...Read more

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Once you cure generalized anxiety disorder will the symptoms go away?

Once you cure generalized anxiety disorder will the symptoms go away?

Tough question: It's not clear that one can "cure" gad, although it is highly treatable with medications and certain kinds of talk therapies. And, effectively treated, the symptoms do indeed go away, or at least become markedly less intense. However, those with a history of gad are vulnerable to a return of symptoms especially under major stressful conditions or trauma. ...Read more

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Why is it that when I'm sitting down sometimes it feels as though I'm going to fall over? I have generalized anxiety disorder and menopause

Why is it that when I'm sitting down sometimes it feels as though I'm going to fall over? I have generalized anxiety disorder and menopause

Stress can produce: the symptoms you mention but so can other conditions. Please see your doc. Low blood pressure may be an issue, hormones, or a neurological condition. If the above are ruled out, get treatment from a clinical psychologist for your GAD. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Am I paranoid too or is it just my generalized anxiety disorder?

Am I paranoid too or is it just my generalized anxiety disorder?

Without: Specifics it would be hard to say. Usually, however, gad does not involve true paranoia. ...Read more

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I am going to be switching antidepressants for generalized anxiety disorder. Need advice!?

I am going to be switching antidepressants for generalized anxiety disorder. Need advice!?

Need supervision : Don't know the reason for the switch perhaps side effects or lack of effect. Be sure to have this done under the care of your doctor as your symptoms may worsen with sudden discontinuation of medication. Your doctor will decide how fast to make the switch depending on your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is generalized anxiety disorder?

What is generalized anxiety disorder?

GAD: Or generalized anxiety disorder is a persistent pattern of anxiety/worry about a number of things for at least 6 months. It involves feeling restless or keyed up, easy fatiguability, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and/or sleep distturbance. These anxieties cause significant distress or impairment in functioning. ...Read more

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Generalized anxiety disorder. Where do I start?

Good therapist...: Psychotherapy should be an essential part of your treatment plan. You will get to listen to your emotional self & understand what the anxiety is about & heal/grow/adjust accordingly... U could discuss the potential benefit of meds with ur therapist, but if at all possible & bearable, visit a few times in therapy prior to introducing meds to the mix. U wanna listen to the anxiety before u numb it! ...Read more

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How do you define generalized anxiety disorder?

How do you define generalized anxiety disorder?

Unwarranted worrying: Generalized anxiety disorder (gad) refers to people who worry about lots and lots of things rather than specific things such as flying or insects. They feel worried, tense, and irritable more often than not beyond what is warranted objectively, with symptoms such as restlessness, poor conentration, and poor sleep. Some physical illnesses can cause gad but typically there is no known cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

It's normal to feel anxious from time to time, especially if your life is stressful. However, excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that interfere with day-to-day activities may be a sign of ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

Anxiety disorders include excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is anticipation of ...Read more