Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorder is different from general feelings of worry and fear in that this is ever-persistent and interferes with daily life. It may be triggered by simple daily activities such as going out of the house and not just big events like exams or presentations.

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I have been experiencing shallow breathing. Is it due to my anxiety disorder, or is my high cholesterol levels causing it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from shallow breathing for a couple of weeks. I also have high cholesterol and a bad anxiety disorder. After a panic attack, I went to the doctor, and they did the oxygen measuring, EKG, and chest X-ray, and everything looked fine. My question is, should I still i...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. If ECG (electrocardiogram) and chest X-ray were normal, there is no acute issue. Yes, for risk stratification, you should check your fasting lipid profile, HbA1c, and fasting blood sugar levels. Keep blood pressur...  Read Full »

I have social anxiety, depression, and a feeling of fear. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I get socially anxious and do not feel right. A feeling of fear and anxiety, and depression all within me. I am unable to concentrate. Even if I try to do meditation, I feel as if my head will burst with the thoughts running through my mind. I can not help it. I try to be normal but do n...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Social anxiety is one of the commonest types of anxiety disorder. However, it is usually managed and treated very well. At times anxiety becomes severe and can result in panic attacks. You may be suffering from the same. These problems can be due to hormonal issues or...  Read Full »

I feel very anxious and fear without any reason. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, It has been a few months since I have been anxious.I feel emptiness in my stomach, along with fear and anxiety for no reason. I am fine in general, and I work as a nurse. My family is okay; all things are okay. But this anxious feeling, I do not know why I have it. Can you tell me why?...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I understand your situation. You may have an anxiety disorder. However, there is no reason for it. There is non-pharmacological management of your anxiety, and you should follow the guidelines below to deal with it. It ...  Read Full »

How to come out of the frequent intrusive thoughts and anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from anxiety, panic disorder, and perhaps OCD as well (but I have not been diagnosed with that yet) since I was 11. However, I had been completely anxiety-free for about four or five years until three months back, when I got a horrible panic attack that started it...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your description, it appears to be ruminations. Following differentials are likely: Health anxiety disorder. Hypochondriasis. OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). It is unlikely to be psychosis, as you are well aware of the absurdity of these thoughts. Bu...  Read Full »

Do I have delusion disorder or paranoid schizophrenia?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know whether my disease is delusion disorder or paranoid schizophrenia. I have been taking Risperidone 2 mg for 16 years, Escitalopram 10 mg for 7 years and for hypertension Met XL 25 mg for 5 years. My cholesterol levels are normal. I am a pure vegetarian. I do not smoke....  Read Full »

Dr. Sreenivasan Vazhoor Ramsingh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry to hear about your mental state, but at the same time I do appreciate you for being on regular medicines. However, even though your question is very direct, I am sorry to say that I cannot give you a straight forward answer or diagnosis. First and most impor...  Read Full »

What is the cause for lower pelvic pain with numbness and tingling of the same side leg?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having some pelvic pain in the lower left side for a couple of weeks. I went to the doctor, and he said everything looked fine. So, I thought maybe it is a muscle strain in the¬†groin area. Today two hours back, I was sitting on the floor for 20 to 30 minutes, and my entire...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We need to evaluate stroke with such description. This could be an anxiety attack, but ruling out stroke is utmost important. In such a case, I would recommend you to go to a nearby ER and get evaluated clinically. If they find any evidence of stroke, they will...  Read Full »

What are the causes of self-doubts and lack of self-confidence, and how to get rid of it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a lot of self-doubts and feel like I am being watched. I am scared to move into the city and also fear boys. I always feel insecure that someone might find fault in my acts while listening to class with a strength of 200. I have low self-esteem and self-confidence.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, Thanks for raising this query. The problem you described affects about 5% of the general population, and most of them never know whether any help is available. Many of them do not admit and confide it to others. You were thinking of what others to think ab...  Read Full »

I have been diagnosed with vegetative dystonia and anxiety disorder. Kindly suggest alternative medicines.

Query: Hello doctor,I have recently been diagnosed with vegetative dystonia as well as an anxiety disorder which is making it really hard to fall asleep. I was prescribed Zopiclone which had completely no effect on my sleep, as well as now Zolpidem. I have experimented with Zolpidem these last two days, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your situation. You have an anxiety disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it. You should try to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you. 1. You should do exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes, like at least going...  Read Full »

I am concerned about my mental health and anxiety. Please help me.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 19-years-old, and I am concerned about my mental health. All these years, I have been living in denial and trying to ignore it. But I think it is having an impact on my everyday life. I was diagnosed with PCOS, GERD, and IBS. I visited a therapist once, but my anxiety made me held ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your situation. You may have an anxiety disorder. You must accept your illness. Once you accept it, then it will help you to recover soon. There is non-pharmacological management for your illness. I suggest following the below guidelines to deal with...  Read Full »

What can be the reason for my dull sternal ache?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old female; I have dull sternal ache on both sides of the sternum but preferably on the left, and it worsens when laying down. I have severe anxiety disorder and panic disorder and suffer from many panic attacks. I have no history of heart problems and do not get tachycardi...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your ECG (electrocardiogram) is normal, with no significant ST - T (ST-segment and T wave) changes. Blood work-up is good. No need to worry. Yes, panic attacks can be associated with precordial pain. I suggest continuing treatment for panic attacks. You can repeat TMT (...  Read Full »

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