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Do I have Anxiety disorder?

14 Dec
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I am 26, and for about 1.5 years now, I have  an issue with chest pains,  sometimes the chest pain lasts only a few minutes, or sometimes I have it for days, and sometimes along with the pain, I have difficulty breathing, my head will throb, my stomach will get queasy, and I feel particularly lightheaded. As the years have passed, I've tried to tell someone, but everyone just writes it off as teen angst, or just an anxious phase, but I'm not sad, or worked up, or... well... Anxious. I'm fine, except for the pain. I don't think it's "severe" per say, but it is very painful. Am I just being dramatic, like everyone says I am, or is something is actually wrong with me?

20 Dec
Dr. KV Anand

Doctors Answer

Dec 20, 2015 01:01 PM

Dear, from the given information, it seems that you do have anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety disorders are a 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. When a person fears about something now (which may or may not happen in the future) and if he do it repeatedly, it is called anxiety disorder. These fear provoking feelings are called anxiety and it may cause variety of physical symptoms, such as a racing heart, restlessness, helplessness and shakiness. There are a number of anxiety disorders: including generalized anxiety disorder, a specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and panic disorder among others.  While each has its own characteristics and symptoms, they all include symptoms of anxiety. I need to know more about your anxiety so that I will be able to diagnose it properly and provide you counseling and psychotherapy to overcome and manage your anxiety. Take care.