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October 24, 2011 at 11:38 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Physical Manifestations of Anxiety Disorders

By Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD More Blogs by This Author

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain runs through the physical manifestations of anxiety disorders.
Gerry Barnaby (host)-  Hey, what's happening, Barnaby here, talking to Dr. Chamberlain, who is a family medicine specialist on this Smart Living Network that you're tuning into right now. It is hellolife.net after all. So, we're talking about anxiety disorders, we've got a lot of ground to cover here. So, if you're afflicted, or know someone who is, by an anxiety disorder, we've got a lot of ground to cover here. So, if you're afflicted, or know someone who is, by an anxiety disorder, the best thing to do is just peruse this library that's right at your fingertips. Let's delve into this one that came from a viewer of HelloLife and that is, "What are some of the physical manifestations of anxiety disorder? How do we know we're suffering from it?"
Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain- This is a really good question. Anxiety disorder can have tons of different physical manifestations. The classical is just someone felling anxious or feeling their heart beat a little fast of they're breathing a little quickly. But, it can present in tons of different ways: nausea, vomitting, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, chest pain, being tired, not being able to sleep. So, anxiety can present in almost any way.
B- Those sound like physical symptoms, and yet, it would be happening mostly up here, your mind is in tumult. Where you're just, "I don't know how to handle this, I can't do this or I can't do that." So, is it that, let's say, would you have these thoughts, these active thoughts, that, "I just can not fill in the blank," and then it would also have the physical manifestations as well?
C- It can be that way, or sometimes the person just experiences almost like a speeding up of everything they feel like things can't slow down, they're just going faster and faster just thinking about doing something or thinking about a situation their body starts to speed up and they start to feel these symptoms. Sometimes peopel don't realize it. I had one lady who thought it was her asthma and she kept coming in for her asthma, it's not under control, the Albuterol is making it worse, it's not making it better and it wasn't until we figured it out, well this is really anxiety symptoms that you're experiencing, and started dealing with her anxiety that her symptoms started to get better.
B- Boy, therein lies the mystery of medicine sometimes, the art of diagnosis. It is one thing that everybody thinks, then suddenly it's another. So, how prevalent is anxiety disorder in your practice these days?
C- It's pretty common and I feel like it's getting more common. I feel like there's a lot of stress on people today, from a lot of areas like financial, the work, to just across the board. I have a lot of people with anxiety issues coming in, a lot of people who have had mild anxiety for a long time and it's getting worse, or people who are finally at the point where they really want to do something about the anxiety that they have and want to make things better.
B- I guess we are our own gatekeepers when it comes to first line of diagnosis. If we think things are just not right physically, we should go to the doctor and maybe be just self-effacing and reveal all that's going on in our life, not just, "it hurts right here."
C- Exactly, exactly. Figuring out, do I get these symptoms in a certain situation, is it when things are stressful all of a sudden they happen or is there certain things that set it off? All that is good for doctors to know.
B- I tell you what, it is just unbelievable territory isn't it? The connection between the mind and the body. You're in the right place to understand the mysteries that might be affecting you at this point. We're talking another hellolife moment, right here at hellolife.net.

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