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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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Can someone tell me how to tell if I have an anxiety disorder?

Can someone tell me how to tell if I have an anxiety disorder?

Read about it...: I like "when panic attacks" by david burns md. It not only educates you about anxiety but offers tools for combatting it. Check your local library, used book store, or online for a copy. Other than that, it's nearly impossible to diagnose a disorder w/o seeing and talking with someone first. U can always check w/ your pcp or a qualified therapist, as well. Best wishes on your journey! ...Read more

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What's the best add medication for someone who also has an anxiety disorder?

What's the best add medication for someone who also has an anxiety disorder?

SSRI: I assume that you are on another medication. It would be helpful to know what that is. In general the ssris like prozac, celexa, and zoloft (sertraline) also help with anxiety. There are a variety of other medications that can help. However, consider treating anxiety with other non medications like exersize and counciling. ...Read more

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If I think someone has an anxiety disorder, should I ask the person to read up on it and see if he agrees with the symptoms/diagnosis?

If I think someone has an anxiety disorder, should I ask the person to read up on it and see if he agrees with the symptoms/diagnosis?

Yes: It's always worthwhile to try to get people to learn more about themselves. Your friend may be more likely to take seriously what he/she reads. ...Read more

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I'm helping someone with thyriod and anxiety disorder. What should I do?

I'm helping someone with thyriod and anxiety disorder. What should I do?

Treatment, education: If they haven't already, encourage them to get treatment. A thyroid disorder alone can cause anxiety if left untreated. Educate yourself about anxiety. Be supportive, but at the same time look after yourself. You don't want to become too overwhelmed or have difficulty yourself. This link might be helpful: http://www.Adaa.Org/finding-help/helping-others/spouse-or-partner. ...Read more

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Can someone develop anxiety disorder after being sexually harassed as a child?

Yes: Very possible indeed, especially when facing sexualized situations, or seeing others, especially children in sexualized situations can heavily factor into anxiety. ...Read more

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My wife thinks I should see someone for my generalized anxiety disorder. Should i?

My wife thinks I should see someone for my generalized anxiety disorder. Should i?

GAD: Generalized anxiety disorder is a diagnosis. Have you already been diagnosed? Or, do you refer to having some symptoms of anxiety? If you want to be formally evaluated and see if you have gad or any other anxiety disorders then yes, seeing a professional is a good idea. If your anxiety springs affect your everyday life, seeing a professional and getting some help is also a good idea. ...Read more

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Best approach to dealing with someone with social anxiety disorder? What should I do?

Best approach to dealing with someone with social anxiety disorder? What should I do?

Helping person w SAD: There are no simple answers to this but i'm going to give you links to three websites with excellent discussions of the issues. www.mayoclinic.com/health/social-anxiety-disorder/ds... www.livingwithanxiety.com/articles/anxiety/how-to... Ezinearticles.Com/?How-to-help-someone-with-social... ...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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,079 doctors shared insights

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