Is It Really Anxiety, Panic Disorder & Bipolar?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

I’m a 21 year old female I’ve had anxiety fir all my life i can remember as a child going around the house checking everyones pulse while they were sleeping i had it under control until an std scare after that i start having panic attacks everyday at least twice a day thrn i got a sinus infection i googled my symptoms and immediately thought stroke i was sure that u was going too die from a stroke for a couple weeks then i start having sharp pains in my head shoulder chest hands sometimes legs and feet also chest tightness then i began being obsessed with my heart had an ekg ecg cat scan x ray all normal i left the hospital thinking there lying too me im dying and they dont want me too know is this normal dor mental disorder i allso had a ct scan thought the same thing i feel like im dying everyday ive has a bunch of weird symptoms tingling everywhere from head too toe pins and needles migraine muscle twitches and vibration even in my head chest pressure im having a hard tume beliving anxiety can cause all this but can it really cause they cant find nothing wrong am i going crazy?

A. You asked if anxiety could be the cause of your medical problems. The answer is yes. Untreated anxiety can negatively impact physical health. Panic disorder, a type of anxiety disorder, involves having severe anxiety attacks. Panic attacks are intense episodes of anxiety and fear. During these attacks, people can experience shortness of breath, heart palpitations and chest pains. Severe cases of anxiety can be mentally and physically debilitating.

While anxiety disorders can lead to physical health problems, it’s always wise to rule out medical problems before confirming a mental health disorder. If your doctors have ruled out medical problems, it increases the likelihood that you may have an anxiety disorder.

I would strongly urge you to seek mental health treatment as soon as possible. There are many effective treatments for anxiety and panic. The most comprehensive treatments include both therapy and medication.

In severe cases of anxiety, a doctor may prescribe a quick-acting medication called a benzodiazepine. Eventually, antidepressants and beta blockers may be added to assist with long-term symptom management.

My recommendation is to consult a mental health professional who can evaluate your symptoms and determine the proper course of treatment for your possible anxiety disorder. The vast majority of people who seek treatment for an anxiety disorder have success. I hope you will consider this recommendation. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 27 Apr 2014

APA Reference
Randle, K. (2014). Is It Really Anxiety, Panic Disorder & Bipolar?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 23, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2014/04/27/is-it-really-anxiety-panic-disorder-bipolar/

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