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How does anxiety disorder differ from adjustment disorder?

How does anxiety disorder differ from adjustment disorder?

Situation: Although they can overlap, anxiety disorders are thought to arise mostly from the person's temperament, whereas adjustment disorders are, by definition, associated with some sort of outside condition that is "causing" the problem. 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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Why is it difficult differentiate between an adjustment disorder and an anxiety disorder?

Why is it difficult differentiate between an adjustment disorder and an anxiety disorder?

Stressors: With adjustment disorder there is a stressor to you which is causing the depression and/or anxiety symptoms. When the stressor is removed, the symptoms resolve. With an anxiety disorder a stressor does not need to be present to cause the symptoms. Read more

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What are the means by which anxiety disorders and personality disorders differ from an adjustment disorder?

What are the means by which anxiety disorders and personality disorders differ from an adjustment disorder?

Symptoms & Time: Anxiety disorders involve symptoms of anxiety and often fear in the case of phobias. Personality disorders contain traits and consistent behaviors that tend to be longer lasting and less episodic than anxiety (depending on disorder). Adjustment disorder contain a mixture of symptoms, often anxiety/depression for a limited period of time due to identifiable stressor. Read more

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What are the factors that complicate a diagnosis of anxiety versus an adjustment disorder?

What are the factors that complicate a diagnosis of anxiety versus an adjustment disorder?

No complication: An adjustment d/o can take shape of an anxiety d/o, . Under the umbrella of anxiety d/o's falls panic d/o, generalized anxiety d/o, social anxiety d/o, ocd, ptsd, phobias such as of heights, tunnels, or blood, adjustment disorder with anxious mood, anxiety resulting from abuse, and /or withdrawal from alcohol and drugs, and anxiety resulting from physical conditions such as hyperthyroidism. Read more

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Can you have any anxiety attacks in adjustment disorder?

Yes: Adjustment disorder can include problems with anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties. It is possible to have panic attacks in response to a specific circumstance, and then have the panic attacks subside with time. Read more

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What is dysthymia and adjustment anxiety disorder and mood disorder?

What is dysthymia and adjustment anxiety disorder and mood disorder?

Definitions: Dysthymia is a type of mood disorder -- chronic depression lasting for at least 2 years. There are disturbances in appetite, sleep, and energy; low self-esteem, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, etc. Mood disorders include both depression and mania -- euphoric or irritable mood (bipolar d/o). Adjustment d/o w/anxiety = clinically significant anxiety in response to clear stressor (s). Read more

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Former military. Diagnosed with anxiety and depression after 1 visit. No symptoms now. May have been acute adjustment disorder? Options with my record

Former military. Diagnosed with anxiety and depression after 1 visit. No symptoms now. May have been acute adjustment disorder? Options with my record

This can be: Addressed with that branch of the service's board of corrections. But be prepared with written submission about why the original assessment was not accurate. Read more

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I get extreme anxiety that is highly interfering whenever I start a new job, almost like an adjustment disorder. Would Propranolol be reasonable?

I get extreme anxiety that is highly interfering whenever I start a new job, almost like an adjustment disorder. Would Propranolol be reasonable?

Yes, but: Propranolol is a useful adjunct to the treatment of panic attacks but there are many useful medications and desensitization psychotherapy would be helpful with the medication, so I urge you (because you describe this as disabling and uncomfortable) to seek counseling. Read more

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I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg for anxiety disorder. Since a while I am feeling fatigue etc but mood ok. Does this mean my dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) needs adjustment?

I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg for anxiety disorder. Since a while I am feeling fatigue etc but mood ok. Does this mean my dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) needs adjustment?

Prozac (fluoxetine): I am happy your moods are better and probably the Prozac (fluoxetine) has helped you. The fatigue can be from multiple causes. I doubt the Prozac (fluoxetine) needs adjustment but it is true that raising the dose could help but only with your doctors agreement. Read more

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How do anxiety and an anxiety disorder differ?

How do anxiety and an anxiety disorder differ?

Anxiety is a mood: ; an anxiety disorder is a condition. It causes impairment ; effects quality of life. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Read more

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How do social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder differ?

How do social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder differ?

The major difference: Is that with social anxiety disorder, the person is uncomfortable with the fact that they have difficulty in social situations and want the overcome the disorder. Someone with an avoidant personality disorder does not want to change or be around people. They are happy being a hermit. Read more

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Can my anxiety disorder be cured?

Can my anxiety disorder be cured?

Yes: Read on mindfulness. It is very effective way to rid of anxiety without medication. Read more

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How to deal with anxiety disorder?

How to deal with anxiety disorder?

The best combo of: Treatments is psychotherapy and possibly medication support. First you have to know that your anxiety is psychological and not the result of something else (side effects of meds, the result of a physical disease, etc.). Go to an MD for a physical first, then to a therapist, as needed. Here's a reference for some self diagnosis:

http://www. Psychologyproductsandservices. Com/page2.html Read more

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How to deal with anxiety disorder?

How to deal with anxiety disorder?

Your Dr can assess: For an anxiety disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. Read more

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What is anxious vs anxiety disorder?

What is anxious vs anxiety disorder?

Normal vs. Illness: "anxious" or anxiety is a normal, necessary human emotion. Anxiety disorders are abnormal conditions in which additional problems develop as a result of persistent, unnecessary anxiety. Doctors don't treat anxiety, per se. They treat anxiety disorders. Read more

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I have anxiety disorder, what to do?

Are you getting: Treatment for your anxiety disorder? If not, that would be important. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. Read more

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What are the roots of anxiety disorder?

No simple answer: The root of anxiety disorders is thought to be related to the "fight or flight" reaction gone awry. Anxiety itself is a normal emotion which can help us get through life-either by allowing us to act quickly in an emergency or in a mild form by keeping us alert. It is thought that this reaction can occur at inappropiate times leading to an anxiety disorder. Read more

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How to know if I have anxiety disorder?

Anxiety: If you are consistently tense, afraid, uneasy it is quite likely you are suffering from an anxiety disorder. But rather than looking for a diagnosis you may be better served to try to discover what is troubling you. Confide in those you trust to see if you can uncover the origin of your anxiety. A consultation with a mental health professional may be very helpful. Best. Read more

Dr. Emma Rishton
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Adjustment Disorder (Definition)

Inability to adjust to, or cope with, a specific stressor such as major life event. It resolves when stressor is worked through & the person is able to adapt. Symptoms can include mild depression, anxiety, and ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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