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How do you tell the difference between paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder?

Cause of fear. The main difference between paranoid personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder is in what causes the anxiety. In paranoid personality the main issue is a distrust and fear of people with worry that others are malevolent or want to harm one. In generalized anxiety, the fear is about many different issues such as the future, possible accidents, illness, etc. Read more...
True paranoia. Is very different from gad. Why not ask your psychiatrist to explain the difference? Read more...

Is this paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder that makes me stay up late worried about my job?

Your GAD. Worrying about job loss isn't paranoid...It could happern, but this is a symptom of gad. This sounds like a good subject for therapy. Read more...
Anxiety--probably. Paranoid personality disorder has to do with strongly held, more or less exaggerated assumptions that other people are: out to purposefully harm and humiliate, are vindictive, and are actively 'hateful'. The paranoid person feels specifically (and unrealistically) persecuted. Paranoia leads to and is caused by anxieties, but it is more than an increase in troublesome worries about life. Read more...

I'm so paranoid all the time. Could this be an anxiety disorder?

Paranoid? anxious? The answer is most likely 'no.' feelings of paranoia tend to cause anxiety but are nto themselves caused by anxiety. Everyone feels a little paranoid sometime, usually after a very unpleasant event. If such a feeling persists and becomes pervasive, this suggest a mental health issue like schizophrenia, bipolar, or substance abuse. Read more...

Maybe I'm being paranoid but I asked my nurse about my hiv and hep C results. She said they were negative. Anxiety disorder. Is she telling me truth?

No reason to lie. Your nurse should have no reason to lie about your results, but if you have reason to believe you've been exposed, it's understandable that you might worry. Particularly if your suspected exposure is recent, please keep in mind that followup testing is usually recommended, since the virus may not yet have reached detectable levels when you first are tested. Check with your doctor re followup. Read more...

Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?

Agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is when someone is fearful of being unable to leave public places and thus stays at home. It generally occurs with panic disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder (gad) is continual worry about many things all day with physical symptoms, lasting at least 6 months, affecting ones ability to function. Read more...
No. Generalized anxiety disorder is a disorder characterized by having pervasive worry in multiple different areas for at least 6 months. In addition, the person must find that they cannot control the worrying and has some concurrent symptoms such as muscle tension, difficulty concentrating and/or feeling on edge. Being scared to go out would likely not qualify for this particular diagnosis. Read more...
Not quite. It's more a pattern of frequent, constant worry & anxiety over many different activities & events. A number of physical symptoms may also be present, including muscle tension (shakiness, headaches) & stomach problems, such as nausea or diarrhea. The fear of going out that you're referring to is mentioned usually more in relation to agoraphobia or social anxiety. Google them... Wishing you well. Read more...

What are the tests for generalized anxiety disorder?

Several. There are many tests; some seem better than others. But no one "test" is determinative. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. Read more...

Is there a preferred way to handle generalized anxiety disorder?

CBT & Meds. The gold standard treatment for gad is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication when warranted. Cbt would teach the individual cognitive restructuring, progressive muscle relaxation, and "worry exposure, " which are meant to combat the three components of worry: physical symptoms, cognitive symptoms, and avoidance behaviors. Read more...

Can a generalized anxiety disorder cause excessive belching?

See below. Belching is the act of expelling air from the stomach through the mouth. It usually occurs when the stomach distends, or expands because of too much swallowed air. Belching releases the air to reduce the distention. You can also have a gas buildup in the stomach from bacteria working on food, which give up for gas. Anxiety can cause just about any physical symptom but it would be uncommon for anxiety to cause excessive belching. If your anxiety includes hyperventilating then that would be a good source of swallowed air, which then could lead to belching. Read more...