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anxiety disorders....?

I noticed that a lot of these questions on this site are about anxiety disorders. What exactly are they? What are they caused from? What are the symptoms?

There are all kinds of anxiety disorders. Symptons can be from shaking and crying to being scared with your heart feeling like it is going to fall out of your chest ( that's more a panic attack) You worry when you don't need too.. There is no special time or place that will tell you it's going to hit. Dr,'s have medication for anxiety and Anti-depressants for depression, you could probably go on a web site to find out more  (+ info)

Anxiety Disorders.....?

well i was wondering how exactly does Anxiety disorders effect you (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety etc) do they effect your Attitude, Confidence and Decisions like can it make you less brave and stuff like that ?? Can it make you think about the consequences more then you would without these disorders ??

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Anxiety disorders?

i recently had a Anxiety / Depression test i scored 0 for depression and i was one point off having to take tablets for Anxiety since having this test i decided to look into Anxiety as i didnt know much about it. since looking into it i have found that
all these easily lose their patience
have difficulty concentrating
think constantly about the worst outcome
have difficulty sleeping
become preoccupied with, or obsessional about, one subject

all of the above apply to me should i go back to my GP and tell her how i feel?

you probably should see your GP...and don't just take meds the rest of your life to control it. from what i understand, the root of your anxiety most likely stems from a situation/time in your life previously and this could be resolved through professional help.

i too have suffered with anxiety and i found ways to cope like nail bitting, lip chewing, etc-a habit that would calm me down because it was repetative and soothing. but listen, you don't want to form bad habits, and the advice i would give my younger self is too deal with the root of my anixety. pills aren't enough. this could worsen to painic attacks that will make you feel like you are dying.

it won't hurt to seek professional help and see if this is just an isolated occurance or if there is some underlining unresolved feelings here, that can be managed. best of luck and remember.... worrying is like rocking in a chair. it's something to do, but it doesn't get you any where.

and try to remember all the times you worried about something that didn't even happen.

and when you go to sleep at night, give your self permission to think only good thoughts  (+ info)

How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders linking to depression?

How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders or is there anything else better that u would recommend that would not put me to sleep. Ive feared social things, going back to school, getting a job and getting infront of people all my life Just wondering wondering if there is something that would help me have a productive life that would help my anxiety? I want even go into a store by myself I panic. Ive always been more to myself because of it no very social.

It works pretty damn good for me. I really don't feel sleepy at all just better.

It's more like your relaxed now that you don't have anxiety. It was a change for me because I couldn't think of a time where I was not panicky except when I was a little kid.

I started taking zoloft for anxiety/depression going on 2 months now.
I started at 25mg and am now at 100 mg, and I think I'm staying at 100.

It is truly amazing for anxiety. Anxiety has made me miserable, but not anymore.

I haven't had a panic attack in about a month now, and let me tell you it is great. I can go out in public now without a problem, Heart palpitations from anxiety are gone, and it also helps with my obsessive compulsiveness.

Good luck, you won't regret it!  (+ info)

How can I explain my husband about my anxiety disorders?

I have been suffering from anxiety disorders for years. I recently started working with a mental health professional. Therapy seem to work well. But my husband, constantly keeps judging and hurting me. I am not able to explain him my situation. We both are very well educated to understand things. I work very hard both at home and at work to provide for the family. How can I explain him, my struggle or suffering, when he is just not willing to listen and keeps saying, I complain all these problems to avoid doing work or I simply like to be unhappy. Its just miserable. Any suggestions?


I am so sorry you are experiencing this situation - not only anxiety disorder, but also a husband that cannot understand.

I suffered for years with extreme anxiety attacks and their devastating side effects as I struggled to take care of my family also.

I never knew how stress could cause so much dysfunction in the human body. I think the best way I can help you is just to let you know I used to be in your shoes, and I am no no longer in those "anxiety attack" shoes. My long days of anxiety attacks affecting my life are over.

To learn how I overcame my anxiety attacks go to http://www.healthbanquet.com/anxiety-hope.html

I would highly recommend you get the book by Dr. Claire Weekes called Hope and Help For Your Nerves. That excellent book will tremendously help you and it will help your husband understand what you are going through.

Dr. Weekes has helped MILLIONS with her books and audio programs to overcome their anxiety attacks and get back to their real selves again.

Dr. Claire Weekes (1903-1990), Hope and Help For Your Nerves and Peace From Nervous Suffering, is a best selling author and is widely acclaimed for her revolutionary approach for treating anxiety, panic, and phobic disorders.

She has achieved distinction as the first woman Doctor of Science at the University of Sydney, and was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to medicine. Truly an amazing woman.

She must have personally experienced anxiety herself, based on her explanations of what one goes through while experiencing panic and anxiety attacks.

Dr. Claire Weekes is a master at reassuring her readers that there is nothing wrong with them.

Her step by step, self help methods, teach one to regain control over their state of mind. She will simply teach you how to cope with feelings of fear and dread. Also, unlike any other, she will help you thoroughly understand the many physical symptoms which can be caused from overtaxed nerves.

Yes, she simply explains how your FEAR of the symptoms from your overly tired nerves, feeds this cycle of anxiety. She will help you break this cycle through her easy to follow approach. I highly recommend this book - Hope And Help For Your Nerves. It is only a few dollars.

Once again, I am now completely anxiety free, with no medication needed. I am happy and full of energy again. It is hard to believe the nightmare that I lived daily for years is no longer part of my life. It is hard to believe I was ever in that kind of unsettling situation. I am back to the real me again.

I thank God every day for breaking free of the shackles of anxiety. Claire Weekes's book should also help you recover from anxiety, as it has helped the MILLIONS before you recover from their anxiety also.

God bless you on your healing journey. Here is a prayer that helped me a lot http://www.healthbanquet.com/prayer-anxiety-fear.html

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What are some examples of anxiety disorders?

I was told not to long ago that I could possibly have an anxiety disorder. Any lists of symptoms or types of disorders would be great. thanks.

A few basic ones are:
1- Generalized anxiety disorder - you have a "free floating" sense of anxiety that's not really attached directly to one thing in particular. The anxiety is uncontrollable and excessice. So really you're just worried about everything.
2- Phobias - You have one thing that really freaks you out to the point that it interferes with your normal daily functioning
3- Panic Attacks - A lot of people experience these. You get really anxious for no reason at all with a lot of physical symptoms (racing heart, feeling of chocking, sweating, etc). Or, your anxiety is really out of proportion with the situation. (Totally sucky. I get these often)
4- Panic Disorder with Angoriphobia - You get panic attacks and because of the fear of getting them you find it hard to leave the house or go into public situations
5- Social Phobia - When you're in public you get really anxious. Primary concern is being embarassed or humiliated

Etc, etc. I know of a few more but those are the most common forms. If you have any specific questions about them feel free to ask. :)  (+ info)

What happens if I have both bipolar and anxiety disorders?

I definitely have anxiety disorders, and possibly some bipolar spectrum illness. If I have both, does that really mean I have two separate types of illnesses, or all they all really connected? Will I have to take a bunch of medications? I don't know what to do anymore...and I'm not sure if I have bipolar or not.

Bipolar and anxiety disorder often go hand in hand. Even though they are usually both present in one person, they are still separate disorders. They just tend to come together. You will need a diagnosis by a professional to tell what exactly you have. I have both bipolar and anxiety disorders, and I take a few different medications. Your psychiatrist will know how to help you, so I strongly suggest getting one. Bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders both have a very wide treatment spectrum, there are hundreds of medications and some combination will be right for you. Good luck!  (+ info)

looking for a good online chat room for people with anxiety and similar disorders?

I am looking to find a chat group for people with anxiety disorder, depression, adhd, ocd, and similar disorders. Ive been doing some searching but I can't seem to find many chat rooms that are active and have more than 3 people in them. Im basically looking to chat with people who have similar issues and discuss medications and such.
Any help would be grateful. I go to a psych already, just looking for people in the similar "mind state" that i'm in that I can chat with in real time.

Check out: htt p://bbs.stress center.com/group ee (remove spaces)

There's a blog and online chat and registration is free. I am NOT affiliated with the site noted but should be helpful. With anxiety, depression and ocd are common by products. Nip the constant anxiety and those other issues will disappear.  (+ info)

Is it common for people with anxiety disorders to have problems with social skills?

I have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I'm now taking Prozac, and my situation has improved by leaps and bounds. However, I've been told that I often come across as intense, abrupt, and matter-of-fact. I'm sure this is a result of my anxiety disorder, but is it common for people with anxiety disorders to have problems socializing?

I have major depressive disorder. Most people in my life consider me "distant".

I just don't have time or the energy for petty problems.

Things that most people consider important, I don't. Of course, that works both ways.

Sometimes I want to just pick up a bullhorn and bring attention to facts that others overlook.

I've been called stuck-up, when in fact, I'm not.
I tend to get really wrapped up in my thoughts and appear aloof.

I am not a party person. I prefer quiet time.
Things annoy the hell out of me, where many people wouldn't even notice.

I tend to get intense on subjects that I feel strongly about.

The plus side is- I spend a lot of time observing people, so I can empathize with almost anyone.
It does no good to tell people that you aren't rude.

You just have to show them.

Good luck!  (+ info)

6. How does culture play a role in anxiety disorders? Provide at least two examples of disorders?

How does culture play a role in anxiety disorders? Provide at least two examples of disorders that illustrate the role of culture.

Negative emotions (like sadness, stress, anger, etc.) causes your Serotonin production to be low; when your Serotonin level is low, you are more prone to getting Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, etc.

Medication like Antidepressants (SSRI - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) helps to boost Serotonin level.

But there are natural ways to do it without medication. There's this strange herb called "St John's Wort" - it is said to be more effective than Prozac. No, it is not for mild depression only and ignore those sayings. In fact, it does help anxiety and panic-attacks as St John's Wort works like prozac. Other natural ways will be exercise, diet, more exposure to light, etc.
The problem is that, even if your Serotonin is balanced... you have that "learned behavior" in your mind. You need to break that initial cycle to destroy that learned behavior - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) does this. A technique that you can use without CBT will be Distraction... There are several other techniques to help cope them!
Ok, to use Distraction: Firstly, try to....

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