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What exactly is paradoxical anxiety?

What exactly is paradoxical anxiety?

Arises inversely: Paradoxical anxiety is anxiety arising from use of methods or techniques which are normally used to reduce anxiety, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, medications etc. The most common case would be when taking benzodiazipine medicines such as klonipen which should lull one to sleep but instead causes insomnia or agitation. ...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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I seem to have paradoxical anxiety from 20mg celexa. I started a week ago... how long will this last, and will lowering my dose to 10mg help?

I seem to have paradoxical anxiety from 20mg celexa. I started a week ago... how long will this last, and will lowering my dose to 10mg help?

Possibly: If you have never been on Celexa or similar medications, you may be initially more sensitive to potential side effects. You mention you started a week ago. Was 20 mg your starting dose? If so, lowering the dose to 10 mg may improve tolerability. Recommend discussing with your prescriber before making any changes, as he/she is familiar with your particular history. Hope this helps. Best. ...Read more

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Although alcohol is a depressent, can it cause paradoxical anxiety during intoxication?

Although alcohol is a depressent, can it cause paradoxical anxiety during intoxication?

Alcohol intoxication: This depends on the level of alcohol in the blood. At less than 100 mg/dl level, there is impaired coordination & euphoria. At higher levels, there is labile mood, unpredictable behavior & later on respiratory depression & seizures. ...Read more

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How exactly do anxiety meds work?

How exactly do anxiety meds work?

Different methods: Different meds work differently - some affect serotonin levels by raising them, while others are just sedatives (these are the most addictive like Xanax (alprazolam) and ativan). ...Read more

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What exactly are anxiety headaches?

Anxiety HAs: Are tension headaches occurring with other symptoms of anxiety, due to elevation of adrenaline which affects the blood vessels in your scalp, leading to headaches. ...Read more

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What exactly is the process for curing social anxiety usually like?

What exactly is the process for curing social anxiety usually like?

Hard, But Empowering: U'll face & learn 2handle embarrassing situations! anxiety disorders assn of bc has educational & self-help tools (incl a video) 4 managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://bit.Ly/yudsfl effective treatment for social anxiety will involve putting urself in feared social situations, going from ones u fear only a little 2 others u fear a lot. A cbt & anxiety expert can be big help! ...Read more

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What exactly is depressive anxiety?

What exactly is depressive anxiety?

Dep./anxiety: Not sure if such term exists, but depression is fairly common with anxiety, either comorbid or in relation to medications or illicit substance use. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is anxiety?

How do I know exactly what is anxiety?

Our alarm system: Anxiety is a normal human emotion that enables us to respond to dangerous situations. It is caused by the mind/body reaction to events or interpretations of them that cause the brain to prepare the body to fight or flee an enemy or dangerous situation. Anxiety responses can be triggered unnecessarily, leading to problems with "stress, " like a car alarm going off unnecessarily. ...Read more

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What exactly is by stranger anxiety?

What exactly is by stranger anxiety?

Normal development: Before 6 months of age, a kiddo is generally friendly with most people. At about 6 months, they start to get anxious about anyone but their immediately family. This so-called "stranger anxiety" can apply to friends of the family or occasionally seen relatives and is generally completely normal. ...Read more

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What exactly is generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

What exactly is generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Generalized Anxiety: Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more-days-than-not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance).The person finds it difficult to control the worry.The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following 1.Restlessness easily fatigued difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension. ...Read more

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