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What can you do to help yourself if you have an anxiety disorder?

What can you do to help yourself if you have an anxiety disorder?

Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...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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What would you do to decide if you have an anxiety disorder?

What would you do to decide if you have an anxiety disorder?

A Professional : Best way to determine whether you have an anxiety disorder is to schedule an appointment with a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. Diagnostic interviews and self-report questionnaires would be utilized to make this determination. Express your particular symptoms to the mental health professional and they are trained to make this determination. Distress & impairment are key criteria for any dx. ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you have OCD or anxiety disorder?

What would you do to decide if you have OCD or anxiety disorder?

Expert Help Matters!: See ur pcp 2rule out any physical problems. Then consult w/ psychiatrist or clinical psychologist specializing in ocd/anxiety. Expert can rule out other problems that may look like or go w/ ocd/anx. To get the right doc(s) & most effective treatment(s), research ocd/anxiety: learn all u can about them & how 2treat effectively. Find a wellspring of educational info here: http://www.Anxietybc.Org. ...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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How can you even know if you have an anger issue?

How can you even know if you have an anger issue?

Explore it.: Is your anger causing problems for you or for others? Do you break things in anger? Intimidate? Bully? Have rage attacks? Road rage? Say hurtful things that you later regret? Demonstrate violence towards others? Do you get into trouble due to your anger (relationships, law, school. Job). Or on the opposite side of the spectrum - do you squash your anger w resultant depression or anxiety? ...Read more

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How do you know if you are starting to develop an eating disorder or when you need help?

How do you know if you are starting to develop an eating disorder or when you need help?

Professional Help: When: if the following describes you - it's time for professional help now. Are you weak, dizzy, cold, constipated or just feel like crap? Do you rely on laxatives or diuretics to maintain your weight? Are you irritable, anxious, feel hopeless and can’t stop focusing on your body/ weight? Do you starve yourself and eat less than the average sparrow? ...Read more

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What kind of doctor can help you if you have panic disorders?

What kind of doctor can help you if you have panic disorders?

Panic DO: A Psychologist or Mental health worker for counseling, and a Psychiatrist for therapy & medication management. ...Read more

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Can counsellors/psychologists tell you if you have depression or anxiety?

Can counsellors/psychologists tell you if you have depression or anxiety?

Depression / anxiety: A provider who is a diagnostician can help to determine if you have anxiety or major depression. Psychologists, psychiatrists & many physicians are able to make these kind of diagnoses. Some counselors can too - or they aren't diagnosticians they can refer to another provider. If you believe you need a little help - try it out. It can improve the quality of your life. Take care. ...Read more

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What to do if i may be a sociopath, please help!?

What to do if i may be a sociopath, please help!?

If you think : You are a sociopath, reach out to a therapist. Since this is a personality disorder, it is hard to treat, but a therapist will help clarify if the diagnosis is correct. If it is they will start by helping you work on the neurotic parts (those that bother you and helped you realize you need help). ...Read more

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What can you do if you have an asthma attack?

What can you do if you have an asthma attack?

Depends: If you are a known asthmatic you should have an asthma action plan from your caregiver that outlines how you should approach an asthma attack. Typically it includes the use of a short acting beta agonist like albuterol and systemic steroids if severe enough. ...Read more

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What can you do to stop being a hypochondriac?

What can you do to stop being a hypochondriac?

First step: A great first step is to recognize it, if possible. Psychiatric treatment may also resolve or at least ameliorate this issue (and this is very common! ). ...Read more

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What can you do to tell your dr. You think you have depression?

What can you do to tell your dr. You think you have depression?

Be open.: In whatever way you are most comfortable. It is our job to create a safe and open environment such that you feel comfortable. And we are the diagnosticians. Just be honest with your symptoms and details of how you feel. As depression is very common, your clinician should also help and ask diagnostic questions to help you share your story. ...Read more

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What can be done to not attack someone you hate if you see them?

What can be done to not attack someone you hate if you see them?

Attack?: This sounds very serious if you hate someone so much you're willing to attack him/her on sight. You may well have painful history with this person, and you need to consider other ways of dealing with this. Working with a therapist may help you with your anger, which may be part of more complicated issues also. If planning to hurt anyone, please seek emergency treatment in an er now. ...Read more

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Can you find help if you have acute schizophrenia?

Can you find help if you have acute schizophrenia?

With a Specialist: A board certified psychiatrist is the one with the most expertise in the treatment of schizophrenia. I would therefore recommend that specialist for such treatment. This is because SCZ is a very serious condition, but can be often controlled with proper treatment. One may or may not be found to have Schizophrenia, which is a chronic brain disease affecting one percent of the population Good luck. ...Read more

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What can you do to help if you see somebody seizing?

What can you do to help if you see somebody seizing?

911 & position them: Call 911 immediately. Lie them down on either side (with head support if needed) and their arms & legs bent so they are relaxed & loose. If not lying on the floor, ensure they don't fall from the couch or bed. Point their face downwards & flexed forward just a little so that a) they don't choke on their own saliva or bleeding from a tongue bite and b) they don't hurt their neck. Wait for help. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have an eating disorder?

How can you know if you have an eating disorder?

Questions...: Are you underweight for your height, but think you are fat? Do you obsess about gaining weight ; think you are fat, although others tell you you are too thin. Have you stopped menstruating? Do you nibble at your food ; throw most of it away? If you are worried, it is probably worth consulting with a therapist who specializes in anorexia. It is hard to treat and very important to treat. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have an obsessive compulsive disorder?

How can you know if you have an obsessive compulsive disorder?

See below: Ocd is defined by the presence of recurring obessions (thoughts) & compulsions (behaviors) that are distressing to the person because of time consumed or effects of thoughts/acts. If you routine have thoughts and behaviors that feel "weird" or "odd" but you can't stop, then it's worth seeing a mental health professional for evaluation.. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if you have an eating disorder?

Can you tell me how to know if you have an eating disorder?

Questions...: Are you underweight for your height, but think you are fat? Do you obsess about gaining weight ; think you are fat, although others tell you you are too thin. Have you stopped menstruating? Do you nibble at your food ; throw most of it away? If you are worried, it is probably worth consulting with a therapist who specializes in anorexia. It is hard to treat and very important to treat. ...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