Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a mental illness, which causes a person to worry about daily life events with no apparent reasons. People with GAD feel anxious most of the time and are overly concerned about health, family, money, and work. Such people cannot control the feeling of anxiety, even after realizing that their reaction is much more intense than the situation warrants.

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I am a 19-year-old diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and have been taking Zoloft 50 mg. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I think I have been suffering from bipolar disorder. I am a 19-year-old diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and have been taking Zoloft 50 mg for about a year now. I feel down all of a sudden. It feels so intense, and I cannot calm myself down. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You may have a major depressive disorder with mood swings due to menstruation, but you are less likely to have bipolar disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it, and you should try to follow the below suggestions to deal with it. ...  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and was advised a tablet of Escitalopram. Can I take Arjunarishta instead?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 62-year-old female. I am having high blood pressure since I was 37. I also have sickle cell trait and hypothyroidism and take medication for all these problems regularly. For the last three years, I am suffering from cardiac arrhythmia without any significant ECG or Echo finding...  Read Full »

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As the medication given above is some kind of herbal or homeopathic, which is not well studied, and its side effects not well know. Also, anyone on this forum is not expected to know that drug. So I suggest that the medication you suggested is not suitable. But there...  Read Full »

How to treat anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from anxiety. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your description of symptoms is concise and specific, which makes it easy to diagnose your condition. Mental illnesses are broadly classified into neurosis and psychosis. In neurosis, a person does not lose contact with reality and understands that he has a mental issue k...  Read Full »

Will my anxiety relapse if I stop SSRI?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a male who was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and social anxiety, eight years back. Initially, I was prescribed Paxil 20 mg, which helped treat my anxiety and depression but I started having side effects of weight gain, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction. When I st...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunadh M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Paroxetine acts on multiple receptors, and it is known for its withdrawal effects of weight gain due to its antihistaminic and anticholinergic action.SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) can cause significant sexual dysfunction. Usually, Bupropion along with SSR...  Read Full »

SSRI is not helping with my bipolar disorder and panic attacks. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have bipolar disorder, panic attacks, social and generalized anxiety disorder. I have one to three panic attacks per day, constant anxiety, and fear of leaving the house. No motivation to work, no energy, apathetic, without mood. Right now I am in a depressive episode. I previousl...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth N. Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If your anxiety is not responsive to SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), then you should consider trying TCA (tricyclic antidepressants) class of antidepressants. They will help with your anxiety and panic attacks. Apart from Tranxene and Benzodiazepin...  Read Full »

Suffering from generalized anxiety disorder and low self esteem. Is there any solutions?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 23 years old. I have been suffering from a generalized anxiety disorder since childhood. One of the reasons for it is a physical defect that makes me self-conscious. I got to know very early that something is wrong with me. I have consulted many psychiatrists and tried many medicin...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A lot of individuals have a generalized anxiety disorder, and this often causes significant comorbidity and depression. What kind of physical defect do you have? Regarding masturbation, it is a safe and healthy habit. It does not affect physical, mental, or reprodu...  Read Full »

Do I need any other treatment apart from medicine to treat my anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I am eight months pregnant now and I am suffering from anxiety. I consulted a doctor and he gave me Etizola 0.5 g medicine and this helps to make me feel normal. But, now I feel I am emotionally mute. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. K. V. Anand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Anxiety disorders come under the category of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear, where anxiety is a worry about future events and fear is a reaction to current events. These feelings may cause physical symptoms such as a racing heart and s...  Read Full »

I fear I might have a cardiac arrest although I am only 18. Please help me.

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18-year-old boy. I have a fear I might have a cardiac arrest. I have mild chest pains and pain in my left hand. I have already done echo and TMT tests. Both came out negative. The doctors say that my heart is healthy. But I still fear I have some condition or something might hap...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, you need to understand that the chest has multiple structures besides the heart, like lungs, food pipes, muscles, bones, etc. So, each one can cause pain and often lead to pain in hand as well. Secondly, considering your age, the possibility of heart issues ...  Read Full »

I have lightheadedness. Is it due to GAD medicines?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chest heaviness and lightheadedness along with muscular spasms.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Lightheadedness and feeling of fainting are either due to low blood pressure or an abnormal rhythm of the heart. You will need a BP (blood pressure) check and ECG (electrocardiogram) so that any abnormality could be picked up. Regards.   Read Full »

I have bipolar disorder along with social generalized anxiety disorder. Can I have Lexapro for this condition?

Query: Hello doctor, I have bipolar disorder. I take tablets Lithium 1350 mg, and Zyprexa 5 mg. My doctor prescribed 50 mg of Zoloft and raised to 75 mg, but I felt no benefits after two months. Recently with the help of a therapist, we found out that I also have a social generalized anxiety disorder and s...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. In addition to bipolar disorder, you have been found to have social generalized anxiety disorder and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) symptoms as you are already on tablet Zoloft (Sertraline), which is a good choice in treating these con...  Read Full »

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