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Clinically Diagnosed Anxiety

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In 2018, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, Schizophrenic-paranoia I write from my experiences on these topics.

Anxious Compared To Severe Anxiety

Everyone gets anxious every once in a while. It may be a job interview, a first date, a test, or some other stressors that can make you feel anxious. Diagnosed with Anxiety is a little different. It means that you have been anxious for two or more weeks. Being Anxious is part of your life, it can be consistent or sporadic but it never goes away.

A lot of the symptoms can be stabilized with therapy or medications that can help keep you more stable and calm. Although in reality, there is no perfect medication that will stop all of your anxiety symptoms. Therapists or counselors are good to work with but remember that it is another relationship in your life. You will need to build your trust up with your therapist or counselor before they will be able to assist you in finding ways to alleviate the discomfort of your symptoms.

Ten Symptoms That You May Be Experiencing Anxiety

  1. Fidgety- Feelings of uneasy or restlessness.
  2. Exhausted for no reason
  3. Mood swings- changing moods when there is no change in environment
  4. Sensitive to everything even little things can seem overwhelming,
  5. You get the jitters or start shaking, trembling.
  6. You can experience cold sweats or get feverish.
  7. You may get flustered or start stuttering.
  8. You might experience tension headaches sporadically
  9. You might worry even over everyday, common things.
  10. You may experience nervous twitches in your body, or be jumpy.

Personal Experience With Anxiety

Some of the symptoms that I've experienced with an Anxiety disorder are nervous twitches and shaking. Sometimes my leg or both legs will be jumpy. I can't usually stop the jumpiness, so I just shake it out so to speak. I also have a tendency to become tongue twisted and start stuttering. I know what I want to say, but when I open my mouth my speech either comes out too fast or too slow. I used to develop a rash on my neck or upper part of my chest when I would have an anxiety attack.

Although I was just recently diagnosed with this disorder, I had experienced many of these symptoms since my teen years. I remember being jumpy and nervous in high school. If someone would come from behind me and touch me on the shoulder or back, I would start shaking and turn around in defense immediately. I also had a problem with my feet and legs jumping up and down uncontrollably while sitting at my desk in classes.

It really isn't hard to spot someone with Anxiety Disorder if you pay attention to people. They will be the ones that are wringing tor clenching their hands or fidgeting with something. They may have facial or other body ticks (not the bug ticks) more like their eyes or mouth twitches. They may keep rubbing on a facial or body part in nervousness.

What Causes Severe Or Clinical Diagnosed Anxiety?

Although there is no conclusive evidence at this time to pinpoint anxiety or any other kind of mental illness, it is speculated that there can be several different physical and environmental causes. Such as;

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  • Heredity- Some believe that if your parents or grandparents have suffered from this disorder that you may be at higher risk than people who have no diagnosed mental illnesses in their family.
  • Environmental- Some believe that if you grew up or live in an abusive situation that you may be at higher risk.

Speaking personally, I think it could be a combination of both. However, I can also testify that I have suffered nervous breakdowns when everything was going right in my life. I was working at jobs that I liked, living in nice places, my family seemed to be doing well, and yet I suffered two severe nervous breakdowns. So perhaps it may be some chemical in the brain that causes a severe attack.


These are just some medications of a long list that are tried to treat this disorder. Not everyone will experience severe symptoms.

  • Xanax- Side effects may include; drowsiness or sleeplessness, poor coordination, trouble concentrating, or memory loss.
  • Valium -Side effects may include; Loss of balance, constipation, memory issues.
  • Prozac- Side effects may include; nausea, cottonmouth heartburn.
  • Lexapro - Side effects may include; Headaches, increased sweating, hallucinations
  • Cymbalta - Side effects may include; feeling like you are experiencing electric shock sensations, nausea or vomiting.
  • Tofranil - Side effects may include; blurred vision, stomach cramping, weight gain, or loss.
  • Nardil - Side effects may include; swelling of face, panic attacks, impulsive behavior.

Getting Help Online

If you are experiencing some of the symptoms listed above for two or more weeks, or have these symptoms on a sporadic basis that last a long time, please seek counseling or medical help. No one should have to live their lives like this.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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