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Can symptoms from high anxiety, depression and stress mimic symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Can symptoms from high anxiety, depression and stress mimic symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Anxiety & Depression: can interfere w/memory but not to the extent of severe Alzheimer's. A mental health professional can help you learn stress management strategies. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Could stress and anxiety cause sle type symptoms?

Could stress and anxiety cause sle type symptoms?

Yes but ...: Stress can cause anxiety, headaches, fatigue, and muscle aches. These are also some of the symptoms of lupus. Stress and anxiety are common. Lupus erythematosus is an uncommon disease. If you are concerned about the possibility of lupus, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How do you treat the emotional symptoms of graves disease? I experience irritability, nervousness, anxiety, depression, mood swings, agitation etc.

How do you treat the emotional symptoms of graves disease?
I experience irritability, nervousness, anxiety, depression, mood swings, agitation etc.

Therapy &/or meds: You may beenfit from therapy, as well as prescription medication to help with all your symptoms as described, which are unfortuantley common with thyroid disorders. Usually, as your graves condition itself is treated, the emotional aspects should hopefullly start to show some sings of improving too. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety mimic pregnancy symptoms?

Can stress and anxiety mimic pregnancy symptoms?

Rarely: There have been rare cases of "hysterical pregnancy" reported in history - i'm not sure if they still are, but it would be rare and probably additional diagnoses would be involved. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of post tramatic stress disorder?

What are symptoms of post tramatic stress disorder?

Past impacts present: Ptsd is experience by folks who have been through a traumatic event, often war, abuse, grave danger, etc. It can manifest w/hyper-vigilance, strong startle response, nightmares, emotional isolation, and the like. It is a normal response to trauma and as one adjusts the symptoms resolve. Professional help can speed the healing process, especially if one feels stuck in this pattern. ...Read more

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Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Sometimes.: Anxious ruminations & agitated depression can certainly present with racing thoughts. I can't think of any reason why ocd might not somtimes present similarly. ...Read more

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Need of social withdrawal while treating depression symptoms?

Need of social withdrawal while treating depression symptoms?

Not sure I : Understand your question. Social withdrawal is not necessary for depression treatment and may make recovery harder as you are not making use of the supportive people in your life. ...Read more

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What effects /affects can major depression, insomnia, anxiety and stress have on memory?

What effects /affects can major depression, insomnia,  anxiety and stress have on memory?

See MD: Each problem alone can impair memory. If combined they can more noticeably cause memory loss. If you are experiencing depression, insomnia (often a symptom of depression), anxiety and memory loss, you should first see your pcp for a complete physical exam and evaluation. Medical causes for these symptoms should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Will depression cause ADHD or similar symptoms?

Will depression cause ADHD or similar symptoms?

Something like that: When you are depressed you may experience feeling restless, fidgeting, insomnia, or difficulty concentrating. So those symptoms might make you feel like you have adhd, but they could just be the depression. If the onset of those symptoms was concurrent with depression then it's likely just due to depression. ...Read more

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How are depression and emotional stress different?

How are depression and emotional stress different?

Depression ; stress: Depression is a clinical syndrome with sad mood, loss of interest, poor concentration, and changes in sleep, energy, appetite, and sex. There can be thoughts of worthlessness and guilt, and suicidal thoughts ; attempts. "emotional stress" is a variable response to events to which the person is sensitive -- usually anxiety, tension, irritability, etc are present. Can progress to depression. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from generalized anxiety disorder and have the occasional anxiety attack usually from work stress. Any ssris you'd recommend?

I'm suffering from generalized anxiety disorder and have the occasional anxiety attack usually from work stress. Any ssris you'd recommend?

Yes, but...: Recommending a specific agent among the ssris or another group for you without an evaluation would be akin to recommending specific engine repairs without doing any diagnostics or even knowing what kind of engine it is. Medicine is nothing more than a tool that must be applied and used in a specific way tailored to fit your specific needs. Haphazardly applying a random tool may just worsen things. ...Read more

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Is mbsr training recommended for patients suffering clinical depression, mild chronic depression, or high levels of stress and anxiety?

Is mbsr training recommended for patients suffering clinical depression, mild chronic depression, or high levels of stress and anxiety?

Not everyone: I recommend mbsr training to many of my patients. Recommendations are very individual, since severely depressed people may not be able to attend well to the process, or silent meditation may result in losing one's self in self-deprecating/negative thinking. Moderate depression is quite different though -- there is even mindfulness-based cbt for depression. Mbsr can be very helpful in anxiety! ...Read more

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Symptoms of anxiety disorder?

Symptoms of anxiety disorder?

Nervousness: There are common physiological symptoms such as muscle tension, GI complaints, excessive sweating, palpitation and cognitive symptoms such as worries, fears, obsessive thoughts or compulsions. For an overview see: anxiety disorders the basics: http://cpancf.Com/anxietydisordersbasics.Asp. ...Read more

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Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

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Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD depresion: Wrong! ptsd not always accompanied by depression, though depression frequently comes along or may precede or follows. People with already a mental issue suffers more risk of ptsd after a trauma. Drug users also suffers more ptsd after trauma, as they have a mental issue preceding the trauma. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of depression vs bi polar disorder?

What are the symptoms of depression vs  bi polar disorder?

Some similarities: Classically, bipolar disorder can be diagnosed when i patient has not only periods of depression, but also at least one episode of so-called mania, which roughly can be described as a condition "totally opposite to depression". ...Read more

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Do studies relate addison's disease and depression or psychiatric-type symptoms?

Do studies relate addison's disease and depression or psychiatric-type symptoms?

Addisons and mood: Yes in the form of apoptosis( a form of cell death in which a programmed sequence of events leads to the elimination of cells without releasing harmful substances into the surrounding area).Stress and depression shows possible link to cell death in a study by printha et al in  2009. It demonstrated that cell death can be accelarated by low levels of cortisol (addisons) and high levels (stress). ...Read more

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Can Abilify (aripiprazole) mask some symptoms of an underlying physical illness/ disease?

Can Abilify (aripiprazole) mask some symptoms of an underlying physical illness/ disease?

yes in general: Almost all meds used in psychiatry may control symptoms provoked by general conditions. In that context, if the obvious or only symptom is the psychiatric correlate, the real diagnosis may be obscure. That s why pcp and psychiatrists try to search for medical causes, including intoxications, etc. Before diagnosing a psychiatric disorder, even if treating it.Ask your dr about your particular case. ...Read more

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Is hypothyroidism cause anxiety or depression?

Is hypothyroidism cause anxiety or depression?

Yes: Hypothyroidism can cause mood changes such as anxiety and depression. Your symptoms should improve when you take thyroid medication. It may take a few months for your thyroid to normalize. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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