Anxiety is accompanied by fear, increased heart rate, sweating, and heavy breathing. It is normal to feel anxious once in a while. But, when the feeling of worry does not go away and gets worse with time, it requires to be treated.

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I have a feeling of emptiness and am not able to socialize or connect with people. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old guy and Ihave had this problem for as long as I remember. I have a constant inner feeling of emptiness in my head. Like I am not able to think clearly at all. When I close my eyes, it is completely black. No thoughts, no images, no imaginations, nothing at all. I am in ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand there are a lot of issues with you. 1) You cannot socialize and make an emotional connection with others. 2) Thought process is slow, and unable to analyze things deeply. These things can be due to depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. More deta...  Read Full »

I had some bad experiences when I was of 5 years of age. How to overcome this?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old, and I had some bad experiences when I was of 5 years of age. No one in my family or anyone knows about this incident, and it is affecting my mental health now. I do not get flashbacks about teh incident, but it is always on my mind, consciously or unconsciously. I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Childhood experiences play an important role in one's life. They shape our personalities and develop our core beliefs. I understand that you had some traumatic childhood experiences. It may be due to PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder),...  Read Full »

I am an 18-year-old boy suffering from a severe mental disorder that has resulted in anxiety and negative thoughts. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old boy. I have been suffering from a severe mental disease for the past two months. My brain overthinks about all the negative things in this world. I have lost control over my brain. Every time I think about something, a sudden negative feeling comes. It has resulted ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Apprehensive and negative overthinking occurs in depression and anxiety. But before concluding, we need a detailed assessment. Do not worry; your problem commonly occurs in today's world. There are very good treat...  Read Full »

I am harming myself due to severe anxiety and constant negative thoughts. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 15 year old, over the past three years, I have noticed myself getting into extremely negative mindsets for months at a time, and I just have no motivation to do anything. Sometimes it gets to the point where I get suicidal thoughts. I used to self-harm. These negative mindsets usuall...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. What I feel about your description is that there is an element of psychiatric illness. It may be anxiety, bipolar disorder, or borderline personality disorder. A complete and detailed assessment is required before we can reach a conclusion...  Read Full »

I experienced an unpleasant event 28 years ago that left me timid, shy, and overanxious. How to deal with this?

Query: Hi doctor,I want to ask a question about an experience I had approximately 28 years ago. I started with an alternative boarding school when I was 18 years old. I do not know what exactly the event leading up to it, but in the end, I ended up lying on my bed, shaking and, what it felt like, losing my...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In our life, this happens at some point when we have some really painful and life-changing experiences time. It is the great healer and it heals a lot but even then, some of us are left with some residues and find it impossible to return to ourselves. If you l...  Read Full »

I am worried and feel like I have serious diseases. Please help me.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a boy. For the last few months, I have felt like I have had a serious disease. Sometimes I thought it was a brain tumor, sometimes stomach cancer, and sometimes other diseases. Physically I feel A tight band around my head. Dry mouth. Neck strain. Tight muscles. Weakness. Sweating...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from a health anxiety disorder. In this problem, the patient becomes excessively anxious about his health. And the fear that he might have some serious physical illness based on some symptoms experienced. You have some physical symptoms of anxiety due...  Read Full »

I am in a relationship with a loving and caring guy, but I feel anxious when he does not call or text. Please help with my anxiety.

Query: Hello doctor. I am in a relationship with a nice guy. He is loving and caring, but he does not call or text me as he used to at the beginning of the relationship. But he still cares for me a lot when I get sick or when I want him. I feel very anxious when I do not receive a call from him. I know it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Expectations and expressions of emotions and love differ from person to person. For example, some people like their partners to be more expressive, but it is not necessary that the other person would have the same lev...  Read Full »

Are depression, insomnia, and anxiety withdrawal symptoms of Xanax?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking 0.5 mg Xanax for sleeping most nights for the past 2 to 3 months. I bought it myself and took it to help me sleep. I have started trying to stop, or take less, and have noticed feelings of depression, insomnia, feeling anxious, and an aching neck and jaw and feeling...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, during withdrawal from Benzodiazepines, people do feel the problems you are facing currently. Yes, they are withdrawal symptoms. Sertraline was prescribed because your GP suspected depression. If you already took this medicine in past, you can again start it now. T...  Read Full »

Has anxiety caused me shortness of breath and palpitations?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old. I have a problem that suddenly an anxiety is taking place and my heart beat increased, the heart is like a balloon, sometimes I think that my breath is going and I am going to die. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The problem you are experiencing is called a panic attack. In this problem, the person feels as if he is going to have a heart attack but this does not happen. This problem usually starts in young age. I would advise you to get your thyroid function test done and als...  Read Full »

Why do I get anxious on seeing attractive girl?

Query: Hello doctor, I have extreme anxiety when I see an attractive girl. I feel like escaping from that place at that moment. I intentionally avoid going out and limit myself to home only to avoid attractive girls, I even stopped watching TV to avoid this. I believe this symptom may have started with a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to People develop a fear of various things due to some bad past experiences. Some get over them with time while for some people it gets worse. If your past still haunts you and is the reason for developing these fears then you need to undergo some therapy sessions. You ...  Read Full »

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