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Doctor insights on: Misdiagnosis Anxiety Disorder And Hyperthyroidism

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Can untreated anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder lead to thyroid problems, for example hyperthyroidism? Thank you

Can untreated anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder lead to thyroid problems, for example hyperthyroidism? Thank you

Vice-versa: Hyperthyroidism can cause nervousness, anxiety & irritability, not the other way 'round. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyperthyroidism/basics/symptoms/con-20020986. ...Read more

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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How can I know if I have an overactive thyroid or anxiety disorder?

How can I know if I have an overactive thyroid or anxiety disorder?

Medical eval: Hyperthyroidism can cause panic & anxiety symptoms. Medical evaluation with laboratory testing is needed to determine if cause of symptoms is a thyroid problem. ...Read more

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Can hyperthyroidism cause anxiety and panic disorder? If so what is the appropriate treatment?

Can hyperthyroidism cause anxiety and panic disorder? If so what is the appropriate treatment?

Agree w Dr. Grin: The hyperthyroidism needs to be addressed promptly - often by an endocrinologist. A specific treatment plan would be developed for you. In the meantime, medications such as benzodiazapines, Buspar (buspirone) or antidepressants can help with sxs. ...Read more

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How can anxiety mimic the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, heart disease, etc?

How can anxiety mimic the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, heart disease, etc?

Anxiety heart rate: Certain similarities exist between medial conditions in the symptoms that lead to the diagnosis. One common symptom, an elevated heart rate, can be seen in a variety of conditions from adrenal problems, to a hyperactive thyroid, to heart disease like atrial fibrillation. If you measure your heart rate, and it is over 90-100 beats per minute, you should seek medical attention. ...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?

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 are common anxiety disorder symptoms?

What are common anxiety disorder symptoms?

3 Major spheres: The major symptoms of anxiety cluster in 3 areas. Biological symptoms which are felt in your body and can effect many systems. Psychological /cognitive which effect your inner self and thinking and, social/behavioral which effect your outside behaviors and interaction with the environment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have a anxiety disorder?

Which one: There are many kind of anxiety disorder from generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder to post traumatic stess disorder to social phobia to obsessive compulsive disorder to plain anxiety disorder with mood adjustment .So if u feel u have anxiety pay a visit to your primary doctor and ask if u need to see a psychiatrist it may just be stress induced hyokalemia and hypocalcemia. ...Read more

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What are ways to deal with anxiety disorder?

Anxiety: 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. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily >. ...Read more

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How can I tell you have an anxiety disorder?

How can I tell you have an anxiety disorder?

See below: Is this a new or old symptom? You might want to start by calling your primary care to see if there's no physical causes for your anxiety. Scheduling appointment and getting evaluated by a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist). Self-diagnosis are not always a great idea. Once you've been diagnosed, you can work on symptom awareness, self-care, coping, etc. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an anxiety disorder?

U worry too much: Most anxieties are temporary and transient and are provoked by worrying, stressful events. If it's pervasive and continuous, try some relaxation exercises, imagery techniques, aerobic exercise, nutritional supplements, spiritual approach, seek medical advise or counseling. Don't take life so seriously and try a little humor and comedy. Live one day at a time. Check this site:theinterviewwithgod.Com. ...Read more

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What are normal symptoms for anxiety disorder?

What are normal symptoms for anxiety disorder?

Many: Panic attacks, phobias, obsessions and compulsions, re-experiencing traumatic life events, worries of various kinds: all of these symptoms are present in various anxiety disorders. The good news is that these symptoms are treated effectively with therapy (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy) and/or medications. ...Read more

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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 you know if you have an anxiety disorder?

How do you know if you have an anxiety disorder?

By the symptoms: Common psychological symptoms include nervousness, worry, feeling disconnected or like you are not in your body, and repetitive/obsessive thoughts. Common physical symptoms include shaking, sweating, feeling hot, feeling like your heart is racing, feeling short of breath, feeling like you may pass out or have a heart attack, nausea, feeling like you have to go to the bathroom, etc. ...Read more

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I think I have an anxiety disorder. Can you help?

I think I have an anxiety disorder. Can you help?

Make an appointment: For an evaluation with a therapist or a psychiatrist in your area. There is absolutley help out there. Just make the appointment! ...Read more

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How can we detect anxiety disorder by its symptoms?

Anxiety: Feeling keyed up, restless, tense & can't relax, fearful, can't sleep, worry a lot, physical symptoms of hyperarousal such are fast heart, sweat, headache, stomach & bowel gases & distention, sense of urgency, tremors, ache/pains anywhere. ...Read more

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Am i developing an anxiety disorder? Can you help me?

Am i developing an anxiety disorder? Can you help me?

Personal assessment: A personal assessment would be needed to know whether you're developing an anxiety disorder. A psychiatrist or psychologist can provide this, and also provide help. Your primary care physician can get you started, and may be able to provide referral sources for more definitive treatment. Psychotherapy is essential in anxiety disorders, and medications are often helpful also. ...Read more

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How would you explain to boss having an anxiety disorder?

Cautiously: Unfortunately there remains a lot of stigma out there pertaining to mental disorders and unless your boss also has anxiety or or is knowledgeable in the area, i wouldn't much if anything at all. You run the risk of being viewed as unable to do the job, being passed over for promotions, to name but a few. Hopefully, you can get anx under control so it doesn't impact work and won't be an issue. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Anxiety disorder?

What is the definition or description of: Anxiety disorder?

Excessive fears: 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 future threat. from http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.dsm05 ...Read more

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What should I do if my anxiety disorder has gotten really bad?

Anxiety: For sure reach out to a licensed psychologist. Seek out cbt (cognitive behavioral therapy) and make sure the rapport is good. Here are some tips. http://blog.southeastpsych.com/2012/11/14/feeling-anxious-use-your-breath/. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...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