r/AskDocs Aug 13 '18

Can we have a sticky post here for anxiety?

It seems like 70% of the cases are related to anxiety. Many of these posts get left unanswered. I feel like a sticky post on the topic of anxiety compiled by a few doctors on this sub would help a lot. Also, having a bot directing a user to said sticky post if they mention anxiety or other related key words will be a big help. I’m sure I could find someone from a different sub willing to build a reddit bot.

Anxiety/GAD isn’t something fun to live with. More and more people are being diagnosed with GAD nowadays and sometimes without an explanation.

Let me know. I’m willing to contribute.

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u/DocJ2786 Physician | Moderator Aug 14 '18

If this is something that the sub would like to see happen, please up vote and/or leave comments.

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u/murpahurp Physician | Moderator | Top Contributor Aug 13 '18

As a physician and former sufferer of an anxiety disorder I agree. It would be nice to direct people to correct and helpful content. Especially things they can do today to alleviate anxiety, and continent specific info on where to go for treatment.

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u/memebackwards Aug 15 '18

As someone entering the medical field (EMT) I know I'll be taking drug tests. Do you know if medications like Zoloft and Xanax would effect the drug test? I feel like telling my employer about my depression would disqualify me from being a candidate, what do you think?

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u/RhodaStorm This user has not yet been verified. Aug 16 '18

Not a doctor...was a 911 dispatcher for the county and they stated their drug tests did test for benzos. So my Xanax would have showed, but I had my RX bottle and they could always verify with my Dr if needed. Somehow I had never needed a Xanax around the times of my random, so it never came up

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u/memebackwards Aug 17 '18

Thanks! I appreciate your response

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u/sataneatstomatoes Aug 30 '18 edited Aug 30 '18

I was about to post, but I suppose this is a great spot. I’m a 21F and have been diagnosed with GAD. I’ve always had this problem as a child, but it has only been exponentially worse into adulthood. I often (mostly at nighttime) feel bugs crawling on my skin, or pangs of itchiness all over my body. I can’t sleep because I’m sitting up scratching every which area of my body. It’s beginning to drive me crazy. As a child, I was very particular about ‘sand’ in my bed (I lived in a suburban neighborhood) and would have my father shake out the sheets every night. I’m still the same way, but often I will sleep fully clothed to avoid the feeling of the bugs or sand-like sensations. I twist and turn at night and sometimes just want to scream because of the incessant creepy crawlies and ‘bites’. I know nothing is there, I keep my sheets VERY clean because of this. I often feel like this has also triggered a large phobia of insects for me over time. This also happens during the daytime. Is it just me? (Edit: I am 5’2” and ~120lbs edit2: sorry, white/Filipino, I take spironolactone for acne and Prozac for anxiety. Doctor recently told me I have an iron deficiency. I live in a college town in Oregon)

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u/psychick Clinical Counselor Aug 21 '18

How can I help?

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u/juniorasparagus13 This user has not yet been verified. Aug 13 '18

That would be great! I’m a social worker and would love to help make a post like this.

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u/BlackHandSerb Aug 15 '18

This thread is a perfect example of why I brought up the anxiety sticky post:

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskDocs/comments/97gavz/pancreatic_cancer_worry_ultrasound_blood_test/?st=JKUXO6C2&sh=6258a23f

Mentioned in the post: “is it just my anxiety?” Acknowledging the fact that they have anxiety problem but have the fear that it might still be possible they have some disease even though doctors have ran all the proper tests to determine there’s nothing wrong. If nobody had gotten around to responding, this individual very likely would have continued to stress about the situation. This is all too common. The fear of accepting the test results and regretting it later if their intuition was originally correct.

A bot would have picked up on the keyword anxiety and posted the anxiety sticky post so that the user can click through and read the post. It doesn’t even have to be a sticky. It could just lead to a post or even an article outside of reddit on the topic of anxiety.

Just my 2 cents. I respect the final decision and if anyone needs my help, I’m willing to contribute.

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u/saltysourbittersweet Aug 15 '18

I am not a doctor, but here's what I would suggest, having done it a few times myself. (PS I'm assuming this is an actual question, not a topic for the sticky)

First, if your anxiety has physical symptoms, such as chest pain, insomnia, palpitations, etc bring those up first and say they are bothering you. The reason for this is that anxiety can come from physical causes and you don't want to miss a physical problem by saying it's anxiety. If not go to the next line.

Next, describe the feelings you have, in the context of situations and over time. For instance "I can't go to a meeting without sitting in the seat closest to the door, because I feel like I need to run out of rooms all the time, and otherwise I can't concentrate and feeling like something bad might happen". Or "I have noticed for the past several weeks that I can't concentrate and I feel my heartbeat all the time, and I'm always scared". etc

The doc will then guide the conversation towards a solution.

Some other advice for you:

  • While there are medicines for anxiety many of them have undesirable side effects, be careful in thinking of them as the *only* solution.
  • Diet, Exercise, and Sleep are all major contributors to having anxiety. Consider changes you can make here and start trying them out.
  • Everyone has some anxiety, and while I'm guessing your's is worse if you are looking to see a doctor, it's important not to judge yourself for having anxiety. It's a normal thing to have and it's a natural part of being human. When anxiety blocks you from living your normal life it's worth addressing, but remember not to be too hard on yourself, it's a normal thing to experience at least some strong anxiety once and awhile.

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u/AsaKurai This user has not yet been verified. Aug 25 '18

Hey, not that you're an expert, but is feeling "foggy" also a symptom? I definitely feel like insomnia, heart palpitations and feeling bloated have been prominent since I first felt like I was diagnosed with anxiety and I guess those symptoms come and go depending on when I take Xanax, but this foggy feeling has been persistent for weeks now. Almost feels like i'm tipsy or have done an all-nighter, but I kinda push through and go about my day anyway. I'm assuming it's because of my sleep? But I try at least on the weekends to catch up on that, just wondering if it's a symptom people go through...

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u/ThePoolPlayer2016 Layperson/not verified as healthcare professional. Aug 24 '18 edited Aug 24 '18

I actually think it's something that they diagnose as anxiety when science doesn't know how to find a answer as well unfortunately or psychiatric disorder is convenient if the doctor does not know what the problem is as well is my point.

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u/SweetTeaBags This user has not yet been verified. Aug 13 '18

I second this!

I see SO many posts about it and the answers generally flow the same. We definitely need a sticky note.

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u/RedditorDoc This user has not yet been verified. Aug 13 '18

That sounds like a really great idea ! I can help too on material about anxiety if it’s needed !

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u/strega_i_hardly_nona This user has not yet been verified. Aug 20 '18

I think anxiety should be looked at for the brain disorder it is.

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u/NikolaGOATJokic This user has not yet been verified. Aug 14 '18

Love the idea of this!!! I’d be willing to contribute as well. Adding new research on new techniques for treating anxiety and so on. I think we’ve all suffered from it at one point or another in our lives.

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u/sam_is_a_ghost Aug 16 '18

I haven’t been able to eat a meal in two days and I’m still not hungry. Cheers mates

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u/TheDesertFox929 This user has not yet been verified. Aug 19 '18

As someone who suffers from anxiety this would be a big help to me.

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u/BlackHandSerb Aug 21 '18

Let’s get the ball rollin’ boyssss

Lot of volunteers already.

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u/Avilsdfanboy Aug 21 '18

18 y/o male, 185lbs, 6', caucasion, been going on little over a year now, I have a mild vitamin d deficiency, no meds, social smoker (less then a pack a week).

So to give a little background I'm a currently finishing up my training as a medic in the army and just feel like absolute trash as of late. I really began to notice the decline in my cognitive ability about March of 2017. It started as a light fog easily ignorable but still noticeable and has continued to progress to how I've felt for about 2 months now. The most noticeable change I've experienced is an enormous increase in anxiety I literally get nervous from the smallest of things such as performing a small unimportant task while being watched or holding a conversation with someone even though I know them and talk to them on a daily basis, another very apparent difference is I come off as a moron because I've lost all my heuristics and now I talk as though I have some type of learning disability often making no sense at all and my social skills in general have taken a nose dive. I also feel extremely tired during the day but have a hard time falling sleep I'll toss and turn for an hour 1+ before finally falling asleep and find it hard to motivate myself to do simple task like doing laundry. Lastly, as a result rather then a symptom of this I believe, I feel pretty depressed and hopeless and have alot of self hatred and animosity. (Luckily my more concrete intellect is still there and I still perform in the the top 5% or so academically and can understand complex ideas fairly easily. )

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u/pilotavery Sep 07 '18

Burn-Out/Depression?