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Doctor insights on: Physical Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What are the most common physical symptoms of depression and anxiety?

What are the most common physical symptoms of depression and anxiety?

Symptoms: Physical symptoms of depression: insomnia or hypersomnia; inability to concentrate ; lack of motivation; lack of appetite or over-eating. Emotional: anhedonia ( can't find pleasure in idaho activities) suicidality. Physical symptoms of anxiety; visceral; diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach; rapid heartbeat; shakiness, dizziness, emotional: panic attacks, feelings of going crazy or dying (you are not). ...Read more

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What can I do to treat the physical symptoms of anxiety/depression?

What can I do to treat the physical symptoms of anxiety/depression?

Cognitive Behavioral: Depends on the severity and persistence of the symptoms as well as the type of symptoms. Either way, whether panic (fear) or anxiety symptoms, identifying thoughts associated with your symptoms is key. Deep breathing exercises can be a "quick and dirty" tool but i would suggest looking up cognitive behavioral therapy as a long term solution. Exercise is best, quick tool when depressed. ...Read more

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Might one's physical pain symptoms be due to anxiety, depression, and panic attacks?

Might one's physical pain symptoms be due to anxiety, depression, and panic attacks?

Yes: About 40% of people w panic attacks develop chest pain. As a result, they may think they are experiencing a heart attack & fear they are dying. Panic attacks can lead to chest tightness, nausea, vomiting& other physical sxs. Anxiety can be accompanied by marked muscle tension which can lead to tension headaches.If you are experiencing sxs let your provider know. Consider acupuncture or cbt. ...Read more

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What symptoms should I expect from drinking way too much diet soda? Worsening anxiety/depression/tics/etc. curious if it's making me physically sick?

What symptoms should I expect from drinking way too much diet soda? Worsening anxiety/depression/tics/etc. curious if it's making me physically sick?

No Diet.: Hi, Thank you for your question. The reason I don't drink diet sodas is that it is known to increase cravings for carbohydrates. It can also cause migraine headaches. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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Do anxiety, stress, and depression really cause physical symptoms? I'm consistently fatigued, sleepy, and emotional. I have a really hard time staying awake at my desk job. I was diagnosed with Pcos, hypoglycemic episodes, thalassemia minor, and costochon

Do anxiety, stress, and depression really cause physical symptoms? I'm consistently fatigued, sleepy, and emotional. I have a really hard time staying awake at my desk job. I was diagnosed with Pcos, hypoglycemic episodes, thalassemia minor, and costochon

Yes: The mind(your brain) is in constant 2-way communication with the rest of your body via chemicals that travel thru the blood and via the nerves connected to the brain. Emotional imbalance(depression and anxiety) can affect the functioning of your organs and may cause physical symptoms including pain. Evidence suggests emotionally healthy people experience less illness and may live longer. ...Read more

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What can be worse for you physically; anxiety or depression?

Maybe depression: They both are not good although depression theoretically could lead to suicide if severe. However there is some literature that contends that the presence of anxiety in any psychiatric presentation increases the risk of suicide considerably and so it should be considered as well. Stay safe! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of severe anxiety and depression?

Wikipedia Internet: Very extensive answer for this venue. Look up in a psychology/psychiatry dicctionary or in internet at wikipedia free encyclopedia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for depression and social anxiety?

Depression and SAD: Rather than attempt a litany of symptoms that would not fit in the space to begin with, I am referring you to two separate articles, one on depression and one on social anxiety disorder that should be quite informative. Best wishes. En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/major_depressive_disorder en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/social_anxiety_disorder. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression?

What are signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and Dep.: Many times anxiety and depression go with one another and create a host of symptoms. Depression can cause changes in sleeping and eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, feeling hopeless and helpless, mood changes, loss of energy and lack of enjoyment. Anxiety causes a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms. Generally, anxiety causes a sense of fear and loss of control. One should seek professional help if you have anxiety and depression. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms, causes, and treatments of depression and anxiety?

What are the symptoms, causes, and treatments of depression and anxiety?

Dep.: Called neurovegetative symptoms; sad affect, changes in energy/appetite/sleep, feelings of hopelessness/helplessness, thoughts of self harm, guilt feelings, crying spells, lack of concentration. ...Read more

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Is anxiety a symptom of depression?

Is anxiety a symptom of depression?

Anxiety: Anxiety and depression can certainly be seen in the same individual. The part of the brain responsible for causing depression can also lead to anxiety. The same neurotransmitters are involved in both systems so we often times see both of these conditions in the same person. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get information about anxiety and depression symptoms?

NIH: National institute of mental health is a good place to start: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.Shtml. And http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/depression/index.Shtml. ...Read more

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I don't want to take meds for anxiety/depression, but symptoms have gotten worse. what should I do?

See a doctor : Or call 911 if suicidal. Sometimes certain conditions require medications. Depression and Anxiety could lead to serious consequences if ignored ...Read more

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Help, what sort of symptoms would I have to have in order to take medication for anxiety and depression?

Don't worry about: The symptoms. Go to see a psychologist or psychiatrist. Tell them how you are feeling. Some depression and anxiety can be treated without medication. When possible try to feel better without medication, . ...Read more

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Do you know of other medical conditions that create similar symptoms to those of depression and anxiety?

Do you know of other medical conditions that create similar symptoms to those of depression and anxiety?

Yes- multiple causes: Causes of depression and anxiety can be multifactorial such as : having a positive family history , brain chemistry changes, medical illnesses (i.E thyroid disease), perimenopause, side effects from medications, major life stressors, substance use/abuse and history of abuse/trauma. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and Dep: Many times anxiety and depression go with one another and create a host of symptoms. Depression can cause changes in sleeping and eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, feeling hopeless and helpless, mood changes, loss of energy and lack of enjoyment. Anxiety causes a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms. Generally, anxiety causes a sense of fear and loss of control. One should seek professional help if you have anxiety and depression. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anxiety or depression?

What are the symptoms of anxiety or depression?

Anxiety & Depression: Anxiety is a feeling of dread or unease that's also accompanied by physical symptoms like rapid heart rate, sweating, rapid breathing, dry mouth, muscle tension, nausea, dizziness, etc. It can range from vague worry to intense panic. Depression brings a sad mood, loss of interest in normal activities, plus changes in appetite, sleep, and energy. Depression and anxiety frequently fall together. ...Read more

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What are signs/symptoms of depression, anxiety, and panic attacks?

What are signs/symptoms of depression, anxiety, and panic attacks?

Depression, Anxiety: Depression Symptoms: Feeling very sad Hopelessness Suicidal ideations Worthlessness loss of weight Poor sleep Low energy and motivation Anxiety: •Excessive worrying •Difficulty in concentration •Too many thoughts racing •Irritability •Restlessness •Muscle tension •Sleep problem •Fatigue Panic : •Sense of impending doom or danger •Fear of heart attack •Fear of going crazy See a Psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What signs and symptoms should be redflags to get help with anxiety and depression?

What signs and symptoms should be redflags to get help with anxiety and depression?

Depression: Red flags:verbalization that pt prefers to die. When it interferes with life...Does not whant to get up from bed, does not want to eat, does not go for a shower or if pt ever attempt to cause damage to himself or others physically. If pt does not want to go to work or if pt stops dealing with his/ her usual hobbies or interests. If pt has insomnia or sleeps too much, eats too much...Cries a lot... ...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