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Samyukta Mullangi
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What exactly is paradoxical anxiety?

Samyukta Mullangi
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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)

Stress, worrying, apprehension... no matter what you call it, anxiety is a natural part of life. You can't escape anxiety, however we can all find healthier ways to manage it. There are many things we can do to help manage our anxiety - including meditation, exercise, and cutting back on stimulants ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Although alcohol is a depressent, can it cause paradoxical anxiety during intoxication?

Dr. Alan Ali
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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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Dr. Lawrence Smith
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How do I know exactly what is anxiety?

Dr. Lawrence Smith
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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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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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What exactly is the process for curing social anxiety usually like?

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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Dr. Steven Hill
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How exactly do anxiety meds work?

Dr. Steven Hill
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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 and ativan). ...Read more

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Dr. Leonard Lado
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What exactly is generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Dr. Leonard Lado
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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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Dr. Emma Rishton
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What exactly is the process of curing social anxiety with doctors like?

Dr. Emma Rishton
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What exactly is the process of curing social anxiety with doctors like?

Talking: For most people it's much more comfortable than they think. You should expect someone to listen to you and understand you. Therapist's have different approaches but the idea is that they will help you help yourself. If you're on the fence about trying, i would encourage you to seek someone out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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David Miller
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What exactly is by stranger anxiety?

David Miller
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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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What exactly is depressive anxiety?

Dr. Alan Ali
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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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What exactly are anxiety headaches?

Dr. Alan Ali
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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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