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Health Anxiety Has Caused Me To Get Sick
Anxiety has me freaking out about rabies and health illnesses to the point I'm irritable, tired, and frustrated. What can I do? I need help
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
I'm a hypochondriac (severe health anxiety). How can I learn to trust my doctor when he tells me that my breathing problems are from anxiety or GERD?
Therapist: There is no magic wand to wave or pill to take to create trust. A behavioral therapist can lead you through the work to do for you to learn how to trust. It's not going to be a couple of sessions though. You have to commit ahead of time to the work (including homework) your therapist will give you to learn how to change your behaviors in this area. It's hard, intense work, but worth the reward! ...Read more
My friend is suffering from phobic neurosis, tell me some tips by which i can help her to get rid of this mentally and emotionally?
Be a real friend: You are good to want to help someone in need. I'm not a psychiatrist / therapist, but phobias are often managed successful and return these unfortunates to higher levels of function than before. Don't try to counsel. Offer encouragement and approve every step she takes toward overcoming these terrible fears. Include her in activities -- being troubled can be isolating. Generally, be cool & kind. ...Read more
What's the best way to treat feeling faint, and worrying about health due to anxiety? I'm 27, no diagnosed illness, but since my pa died I have anxiety problems. What can I do?
Talk to someone!: Talk to your a counselor, or your doctor about finding a counselor. The key is to let someone know of your feelings. With some counseling and mostly talking about your feelings/fears, you will learn to get through it. Most people feel this way at least once in their life, so you're not alone. Grief is very powerful. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My anxiety and panic attacks are due to my fear that i may have a serious illness that has not been diagnosed yet. I'm worried everyday. Please help me.
Treat anxiety ASAP : I am sorry you are having such a hard time. Certainly see a doctor about your physical health, but your most urgent problem is your severe and consistent anxiety which maybe related to any one of a number of underlying problems including panic disorder, ocd, generalized anxiety disorder or somatoform disorder. It is critical that you seek professional help immediately to relieve your suffering. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it best to get rid of my 4 parakeets bc I have heart issues .?Someone told me a healthy person got a heart infection or problem from parakeets.
Your question is: Unclear and way too broad to answer in 400 characters. The treatment of mental illnesses has changed exponentially since 1700's as has the definition of mental health. ...Read more
Have you seen mental breakdown ever from an executive - i experienced stress overload and i think anxiety attacks at 51 what is best to help sleep etc?
Managing anxiety:: The most effective treatment for anxiety is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that helps you modify the thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learning to calm your body and your mind is the key. Emdr is very effective for relieving the distress of traumatic experiences, find a mental health professional who has experience treating anxiety. ...Read more
I have very bad health anxiety and living in fear of bad things happening to me. Scared I'm going to have brain hemorridge or seizure? So stressed
Fear: Fear can result from irrational ideas or a though w/a tiny bit of possibility in it. Some folks w/OCD fear things they cannot even identify. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions and then a clinical psychologist to look into the possibility of OCD or another anxiety disorder and help you w/treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more
How can I help my fiancee get mental health treatment without making it seem forced? He needs help bad...
Eye to eye: It can help, when discussing it, to find things you mutually agree on that might benefit from consultation. Then approaching it curiously together, and perhaps offering to go with him, may be helpful. Also, there are some good websites that can help dispel certain myths about mental health treatment if that is applicable. Nami is good organization run by patients/"consumers" that provides info. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My partner has been struggling with depression and now he wants to quit medications. Is it dangerous? How can he get out of the illness without them?
Discuss all Concerns: Not everyone needs depression . For some people therapy becomes the most effective tool. Obviously only if the person is evaluated can these choices be fully discussed. Tell your partner that the patient should always discuss all concerns with the psychiatrist and every question about potential medication and the potential value of therapy or a combination deserve full consideration. . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My grandma suffers from depression & anxiety. She visited a psychiatrist but problem persists. Appetite unstable, disturbed, etc. How do we treat her?
Work w/psychiatrist: Visiting a psychiatrist only 1 time will not allow your grandma to receive the full benefit she needs. Sometimes different medications have to be tried -- and combinations of those sometimes too -- before the person starts to feel better. Please don't lose hope, and tell the psychiatrist what you're noticing about your grandma. Your observations will help him/her adjust treatment as needed. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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How do I get over a rational phobia, that effects my social and daily life. I have emetophobia and it causes me to have anxiety and feel paranoid.
A social phobia: can express itself the way you mention. Essentially, we are afraid that we are going to be embarassed by something we do that is out of our control. A clinical psychologist can be helpful. There is a slight chance that ANYONE may vomit but your feelings take over and make you think it is highly probable. "Feeling Good" is a book by David Burns that may help also. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wife is paralyzed/gibbering w anxiety. And she's terrified of docs/hospitals/ER & refuses to get help. Not a threat to self/me, so how can I get help?
911: have her hospitalized, worked up and obsserved for stoke or psychiatric breakdown. ...Read more
Can u get sick from just being with someone sick for a few seconds as you can see im scaared of getting sick help me
Are : Are you chronically fearful of getting sick or coming in contact with germs? Like the adrian monk character on the t.V. Series monk. If you find yourself fretting for long periods about contamination, go to great lengths to sanitize things and avoid touching even everyday objects, that could be consistent with obsessive compulsive disorder. That is a very uncomfortable way to live life and can become very consumming. If this describes you, consider seeing a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist as it is treatable. Take care. ...Read more
How do I get diognosed and treated for social anxiety and depression when i'm too scared to go see a doctor I know i'll be an emotional wreck?
Go with someone..: It seems that this is a difficult/scary task for you to see a doc/therapist etc...But it is probably the best way you will be properly diagnosed and treated/monitored. I would suggest talking a family member/friend who can come to the doctor with you..This may ease your anxiety..Try some otc calming tea such as valerian, camomille, and possibly st. John's wort which may help. Best of luck to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am bipolar with borderline and ptsd. How can I get out of a relationship that makes me suicidal if my boyfriend is too sick to care for himself?
I have severe general and health anxiety. I never can tell if anythings wrong or its my anxiety how can anxiety affect mind and body. Docs say im fin?
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