"Weird" Anxiety Symptoms

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain talks about some of the different ways that anxiety can present itself and gives some tips on how to handle them on your own.

Gerry Barnaby (host)- Hey, what's up, Barnaby here. So, you have questions about anxiety disorders? Well, you've come to the right place, it is hellolife.net. We're posing the questions that you're written in with to the good Doc, Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain, a family medicine specialist. People are worried, I think, about anything having to do with their mind, it's like this person wrote, "Could I have, like, 'weird' symptoms like, If I am suffering from anxiety disorder like, I see the floor moving, sometimes I see floaters in my eyes?" Not necessarily weird, but out of the ordinary for sure.

Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain- With anxiety, it can present in almost any way. There's the classic signs of feeling anxious or rapid breathing, or your heart beating fast. It can expand to anything, you could get floaters, you could fee like things are moving, you could feel tired, fatigue, you could have trouble sleeping, you could have abdominal issues, you could feel chest pain, you could have muscle pains. So, really, anxiety could present in a lot of different ways. So, if you're experiencing weird sensations like that it's good to: One, see your physician about it and talk about it because you don't want to say, "Oh, that's just anxiety," and ignore something that might be going on that's serious.
At the same time, you need to kind of check things out and make sure things are okay. But then also think, "Are there certain situations that set this off? Is it when I'm in this situation all of a sudden I feel this way, but other situations I don't?" Anxiety might be playing a role if that's going on.

B- So, you have to be a detective on your own behalf.

C- Exactly. No one knows you better than yourself and so you need to figure out what's causing this, what's not causing it and then share that information with your physician.

B- Well, in this day and age of diminishing support via health insurance, where it's costing more and more to go see the doctor, a lot of people say, "I'm going to let it go for a little bit and then see what happens." How much rope should you give this before you start pulling back?

C- Well, I wouldn't let it go at all. There are things that you can do without seeing a physician. On our website, we've got a lot of good information that people can do and things they can do to help out. There's good books out there about anxiety. Maybe starting with those and working on it and if those are helping and making things better, great. But, if things are getting worse, you've got to ask yourself, "Do I want to live the life the way I want to live it or do I want to let the anxiety control?" Sometimes you need that extra help in order to help make sure the anxiety isn't controlling your life.

B- I think you're preaching to the choir on this one. By simply asking the questions you're asking yourself right now by clicking on hellolife.net. "What's up with anxiety disorders?"
"Why am I feeling the way I feel?"
You are taking the right step. That is to just get the ground work started, to have a better life, a more fulfilling life, something we're all about here at hellolife.net.

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