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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) every day for 8 months. Is this normal? What should I do?

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) every day for 8 months. Is this normal? What should I do?

No it is not: Daily anxiety, especially if distressing to patient, is definitely not normal, and warrants evaluation. It is a very common condition, so you are certainly not alone, and you should not be ashamed of your condition. Medications like SSRIs along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are highly effective for improving what sounds like a General Anxiety Disorder. Please seek help asap. ...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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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress). I picked up my Xanax Rx today and got my usual looking pills, at the bottom there was a small pill " V 4007".Is it also Xanax & they ran out so it's just different brand? Take?

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress). I picked up my Xanax Rx today and got my usual looking pills, at the bottom there was a small pill " V 4007".Is it also Xanax & they ran out so it's just different brand? Take?

Contact pharmacist: With so many generic substitutes, it is impossible to tell you whether you are getting the right pill. Although it is likely that your hunch is correct, it is prudent for you to contact the pharmacist about this since it may indeed be something else other than xanax. ...Read more

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I am experiencing none to one alcoholic drink/day and feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress).

I am experiencing none to one alcoholic drink/day and feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress).

Question.: I am sorry but the question appears to have been left off. Please consider resubmitting with a clear & specific question. ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress) (quality: difficul...

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress) (quality: difficul...

Therapy: I suggest ongoing CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) by a board certified psychologist and a medical workup for underlying medical conditions. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficult to wake, difficulty falling. ..

Coping with Stress: Hi Nasha,
I hear that you are struggling with sleep and you believe this is due to psychological stress. I have a few questions to ask you to better assess how to support you. First, how are you coping with the stress you are experiencing? How are you managing it? Second, what is the nature of the psychological stress you are experiencing? Last, How many hours of sleep are you averaging daily? ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficulty staying asleep, difficulty. ..

I am experiencing difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficulty staying asleep, difficulty. ..

Sleep hygiene.: Turn off TV 2 hrs before bedtime.
Keep a sleep journal, Avoid alcohol and stimulants.
Meditation, prayer, massage therapy, aroma therapy and progressive relaxation. I would refer you to the book, "The Relaxation Response " by Herbert Benson, M.D. ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), excessive sweating (worsened by: psychological stress) and difficulty bre...

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), excessive sweating (worsened by: psychological stress) and difficulty bre...

Panic Attack: Your question was cut off and I think you were saying you have difficulty breathing. Please see your Doctor as soon as possible to find out if you have a physical illness. If not then it would be good to consult with a Clinical Psychologist to get help. Medication can be helpful in addition to psychotherapy for panic attacks and anxiety. ...Read more

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I am experiencing trouble sleeping (quality: difficulty staying asleep) (worsened by: psychological stress). The following also describe me: Insomnia and Feeling anxious. What should I do?

I am experiencing trouble sleeping (quality: difficulty staying asleep) (worsened by: psychological stress). The following also describe me: Insomnia and Feeling anxious. What should I do?

Doctor Visit: Stop all coffee and any smoking after 6 pm. Try to set a sleep routine like go to bed at same time. Turn on Tv or turn off TV sometimes helps with sleeping. If partner in bed need to work it out so not getting you awake when they snore or stir. Lots more questions. See a doctor for exam and consult. ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), paranoid behavior and feeling depressed. What medications could help?

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), paranoid behavior and feeling depressed. What medications could help?

Anxious & Depressed: Medication is not the only way to treat your symptoms. Please see a clinical psychologist to learn strategies to deal w/your situation. Cognitive therapy (working w/your "self-talk" is one such way. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep) (worsened by: psychological stress)The following also describe me: Fatigue?

I am experiencing difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep) (worsened by: psychological stress)The following also describe me: Fatigue?

Prompts fatigue: Many behavioral methods can assist including: sleep hygiene mandates, regular sleep times, if poor sleep - consider staying up an hour later next night, no even pinpoint lights in bedroom, white noise, establishing a worry time during the day in which you journal/ discuss, meditation, thought stopping, leaving bed if prolonged difficulty - returning when exhausted (boring activities preferred). ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) and panic attack. The following also describe me: Irritability, Feeling dep...

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) and panic attack. The following also describe me: Irritability, Feeling dep...

Panic can manifest: In many ways and magnify small symptoms into big ones. Please have your doc examine you to rule out underlying medical conditions and then see a mental health professional who specializes in panic attacks. They are very treatable. Qigong, yoga, breathing exercises, meditation are also useful tools to empower you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep) (worsened by: psychological stress) and fever (worsened by: hot weathe...

I am experiencing difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep) (worsened by: psychological stress) and fever (worsened by: hot weathe...

Difficulty falling: Asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see you doc who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement but w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon. ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), panic attack, chest pain or discomfort (quality: feels sharp or stabbing, . ..

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), panic attack, chest pain or discomfort (quality: feels sharp or stabbing, . ..

Anxiety: Please visit your doctor to make sure all is well physically. Then see a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety / panic. It is a very treatable situation. You can learn skills to manage this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), panic attack and loss of temper. I also have an over active thyroid?

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), panic attack and loss of temper. I also have an over active thyroid?

Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism may be contributing to your anxiety/panic and temper problems. So, thyroid issues should be corrected. However, I would not let that prevent you from getting behavioral health help in the meantime. You would likely still benefit from psychotherapy and possibly psychotropic medications. ...Read more

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I wore a zio patch that had a 5 beat run of ventricular tachycardia at 178 by, lots of pvc and stress. Worried (worsened by: psychological stress).?

I wore a zio patch that had a 5 beat run of ventricular tachycardia at 178 by, lots of pvc and stress. Worried (worsened by: psychological stress).?

More: Answering this question requires more information and contact. If you wish to consult, I am available. H Robert Silverstein MD, FACC www. Thepmc. Org for recommended reading ...Read more

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My Father is experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress). The following also describe him: Irritability and Difficulty sleeping. What should he do?

My Father is experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress). The following also describe him: Irritability and Difficulty sleeping. What should he do?

Start w med eval.: It may uncover underlying medical problems that need to be addressed. Cognitive Behavioral therapy can be effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hrs sleep /night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises or meditation. Take care. ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), restless (tossing and turning) sleep, nervousness and difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) what treatment can be prescribed for me?

CBT and medical: I suggest psychotherapy using CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and a thorough medical examination to rule out underlying medical issues (illness, thyroid issues, blood sugar fluctuations. You will need a team approach to your issues. ...Read more

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I am experiencing rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep)?

I am experiencing rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep)?

Depression/Anxiety: These symptoms could be due to anxiety, depression, or PTSD. You don't specifically state a question here, so I would need more information to fully answer. I would encourage you to get a full medical work-up to rule out an "organic" cause of these symptoms (ie, something with your heart, lungs, hormones), but consider that these symptoms could due to psychological stress. ...Read more

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I am experiencing shaking hands or tremor, feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) and numbness or tingling (worsened by: when it is. ..

Anxiety: You are describing anxiety/panic attack symptoms. I assume you are not using any illegal drugs like cocaine which can give you those symptoms. Prescription drugs can have similar side effects so if you have started any new drugs talk to your physician. You do need a good history and physical exam and some lab testing including thyroid levels. Further specialists such as a neurologist may be needed ...Read more

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I am experiencing rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress, after exercise), chest tightness (worsened by: psychological stress, after...

I am experiencing rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress, after exercise), chest tightness (worsened by: psychological stress, after...

Anxiety: Most of what you mention can result from an anxiety disorder. After seeing your doctor to rule out or identify medical conditions, please see a mental health professional to learn stress management. Peace and good health. Qigong and yoga can be good self-help techniques. See www. Asch. Net for referrals to professionals who practice clinical hypnosis. ...Read more

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Experiencing rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress). HR around 115 when I wake up. Excessive sweating while exercise. Reason?

Experiencing rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress). HR around 115 when I wake up. Excessive sweating while exercise. Reason?

Get seen: The heart rate itself isn't a danger. How much you sweat is personal. You may get a Holtor monitor, labs to screen for a pheochromocytoma, and a good EKG. I'm simply glad that you're exercising. Keep that up. You may well be fine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am experiencing rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress, after exercise), heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: bending forward, eating certain foods.)?

I am experiencing rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress, after exercise), heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: bending forward, eating certain foods.)?

Maybe just heartburn: ...But chest pain is nothing to ignore! The potential origin of your symptoms includes: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, musculoskeletal, pericardium (sac around the heart), pleuritis, bronchiitis, or referred pain from a remote site. Your doctor will be concerned about accompanying fever, blood with coughing, vomiting, shortness or breath, difficulty reclining, tenderness. Get checked please ...Read more

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I am experiencing memory problems (quality: difficulty remember distant past events, difficulty remembering recent events), delusions, fatigue, difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficult to wake,

I am experiencing memory problems (quality: difficulty remember distant past events, difficulty remembering recent events), delusions, fatigue, difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficult to wake,

See a Dr for eval!: Depending on so many things, this could be a set of reactions to things going very wrong that you can learn to change (in serious psychotherapy w/ hard work) or a situation that needs that plus medication, even a hospital stay. Have an eval ASAP by a really skilled pro. The difference matters! Don't wait - it's easier to resolve ASAP. There is help - find it. Best. ...Read more

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My Friend is experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep) (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty focusing, feeling depressed (quality: fee

My Friend is experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep) (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty focusing, feeling depressed (quality: fee

Encourage your: Friend to get a medical evaluation to rule out medical causes of her/his symptoms. Medications are sometimes indicated. Talking therapy to include Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, ...Read more

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