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What are the signs that I have an anxiety disorder?

What are the signs that I have an anxiety disorder?

It depends: There are many different types of anxiety disorders. Some involve worry, others repetitive thoughts and/or actions, excessive startle or panic attacks. If you are having symptoms that you think are related to an anxiety disorder that interfere with your functioning or cause you significant distress, see your doctor for further assessment. ...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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Am i normal or do I have an eating disorder? What are the signs of developing an eating disorder?

Am i normal or do I have an eating disorder? What are the signs of developing an eating disorder?

Wt preoccupation: Wt and eating preoccupation and distorted body image-are the symptoms. An evaluation with a practitioner familiarwitheating disorders is indicated .I would recommend getting a therapist and working on self esteem and nurturing yourself unhealthy ways. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mania in bipolar disorder? Can you get commited involuntary if you have signs of this disorder?

What are the symptoms of mania in bipolar disorder? Can you get commited involuntary if you have signs of this disorder?

Mania: Mania is characterized by euphoria and/or irritable mood with: decreased need for sleep excessive energy rapid speech rapid thought impulsive or reckless behavior civil commitment legislation varies from state to state. In general a person has to be shown to suffer from a psychiatric illness and if treated is a potential danger to self or others. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of borderline personality disorder and how do you find out if you have it?

What are the major symptoms of borderline personality disorder and how do you find out if you have it?

Fear of abandonment: Fears of being abandoned are the core issue. Other symptoms and characteristics are instability of mood, including episodes of rage, instability of interpersonal relationships (getting too close, then pulling away), very low self-esteem and not having a sense of who you are. See a therapist or psychiatrist to be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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What are some signs that i may be on the verge of having a nervous breakdown?

What are some signs that i may be on the verge of having a nervous breakdown?

Nervous breakdown: This is a very ambiguous term which can mean all kinds of things to people -- yet it does not specifically correlate to any one illness or type of problem. If you're feeling anxious, depressed, having mood swings, are irritable, having trouble sleeping, having suicidal thoughts, etc it certainly calls for a professional assessment with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Help is available. ...Read more

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If I have depression, what is the likelihood that my son will have problems with panic attacks?

If I have depression, what is the likelihood that my son will have problems with panic attacks?

Possible: If an infant/child develops an unusual degree of separation anxiety as a result of poor attachment, the same child is at increased risk of developing panic disorder. ...Read more

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What type of disorder would it be called when you think weird thoughts but have no compulsions?

What type of disorder would it be called when you think weird thoughts but have no compulsions?

Weird thoughts: I'm afraid you're going to have to define weird thoughts. My wife thinks a lot of my thoughts are weird too. Give us a better idea of what you mean. ...Read more

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What are physical signs of stress that i might see?

What are physical signs of stress that i might see?

Stress & the body: It prepares for action by activating the autonomic nervous system & numerous hormones. Stress can cause muscle tension, cold hands & feet, increased heart rate, rapid and shallow breathing, stomach upset, headaches, dry mouth, increased sweating, mind racing, & insomnia. Chronic stress decreases immune functions and contributes to numerous illnesses. ...Read more

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What are the signs for an anxiety attack?

What are the signs for an anxiety attack?

Panic Symptoms: Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There may be difficulty swallowing or tight throat;. ...Read more

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What does a cardiologists mean when they say" you just have a irritable heart". And what causes developing this and what consequences are there withit?

What does a cardiologists mean when they say" you just have a irritable heart". And what causes developing this and what consequences are there withit?

Implies extra beats: Extra beats come from many sources. Increased adrenalin (hyper-anxiety), abn electrolytes (K+, Mg++). I do not know if you are taking meds that can affect these things. Mg++ and K+ can be supplemented. Anxiety may require medication. If echo is normal, treatment should be easily achieved. Sometimes a low dose long acting Beta Blocker will help. ...Read more

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If i could have a type of autism. I know people on the internet can, could these be signs of autism or something else?

If i could have a type of autism. I know people on the internet can, could these be signs of autism or something else?

Autism: Unfortunately there is not enough information to help you work this out. I would speak to your primary care doctor and discuss a referral to a mental health specialist who is trained to diagnose these types of concerns. ...Read more

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I have many of the symptoms of pheochromocytoma. Does this mean that I have this illness?

I have many of the symptoms of pheochromocytoma. Does this mean that I have this illness?

Not necessarily: Pheochromocytoma is very, very rare, but shares some symptoms with much more common illnesses that may or may not be dangerous, including panic attacks, hyperthyroidism, and some abnormal heart rhythms, among others. It takes a detailed history by a clinician, and sometimes blood or urine testing, to narrow down a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thought disorder that would be obvious to a relative?

What are the symptoms of thought disorder that would be obvious to a relative?

Behavior: Hallucinations, paranoid ideation, suicidal expressions, performance of behaviors different from usual, and many other things. If you think that a relative is behaving strangely get help. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that someone with autism spectrum disorder might have?

What are the symptoms that someone with autism spectrum disorder might have?

Delay in development: This is a spectrum of disorders with high functioning add, adhd, tourette at the lower end of the spectrum and lower functioning autism at the top. Apart from "trivial" illnesses in infancy, everythng seems to be o.K until about 2 years when failure of speech and/or troilet training may be the presenting symptoms. Do not hesitate to get it checked out as early as possible if such symptoms exist. ...Read more

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I live with someone who could have antisocial personality disorder. What are the major symptoms of this condition?

Symptoms of: Antisocial personality disorder include disregard for right and wrong, persistent lying or deceipt, using charm or wit to manipulate others, intimidation of others, trouble with the law, potentially violent behavior, repeatedly violating the rights of others, lack of remorse, impulsive behavior, agitation and irresponsibility. These are very difficult people to deal with. ...Read more

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I know the symptoms and what schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are but in what way are they related to substance use?

I know the symptoms and what schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are but in what way are they related to substance use?

Not always related: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance use are not always related. Patients with these illnesses will sometimes self medicate with substances to help them cope with their symptoms. Patients with no prior mental illness will find themselves with schizophrenia-like symptoms due to drug abuse. There are patients with these illnesses that do not use drugs. Tobacco use though is very common. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Not all,: But the diagnosis is made on the basis of at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation. So there must be one period when you had lots of energy, didn't feel the need to sleep or eat and may have been very irritable. ...Read more

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Does having most, if not all, of the many symptoms of depression prove that you are depressed?

Possibly: Possibly. You must also take into account the timeframe of the symptoms and if it is situational. To have major depression you must have the symptoms for at least a 2 week period of time and have a deterioration in functioning. With situational depression the symptoms may appear similar however they disappear once the stressor is gone. You should be properly diagnosed by a medical professional. ...Read more

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I have panic attacks that are like seizures. Is there a way to treat this? If so, what kind of condition might it be?

First U need to see: A mental health professional to verify u diagnoses. As far treatment usually med and therapy. ...Read more

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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