Frequently Asked Questions about Anxiety

Anxiety questions and answers:

We have been asked a lot of questions about anxiety, depression, stress, and sleep disorder. The Recovery Support area of our website contains thousands of answers to the many questions we've been asked over the years. You can access these answers now by becoming joining our Recovery Support area. Members can find our Frequently Asked Questions section in Chapter 10. We also have over 80 hours of audio answers in Chapter 23. Many of these conversations involve dealing with anxiety symptoms and how to achieve recovery. For more information about our Recovery Support area, see the banner on the right side of this page.

If you are not a member and have a question about anxiety symptoms, you can find more information about symptoms of anxiety here. If you are a member of our Recovery Support area, you can find our comprehensive symptoms section in Chapter 9.

If you aren't a member, you can find answers to commonly asked questions about anxiety below.

Anxiety Frequently Asked Questions:

I was just diagnosed with anxiety and panic. What should I do?

Help! Anxiety is controlling my life. What can I do to get rid of it and its symptoms?

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What does offer that can help me overcome my anxiety disorder?

I believe there is an advantage in working with a coach/therapist who had to overcome anxiety disorder himself. But since I don’t live in Canada or the USA, can I still work with one of your coaches/therapists?

Is anxiety disorder totally reversible?

My doctor said that anxiety and depressive disorders are caused by a biological problem or chemical imbalance problem in the brain? He also said that this biological or chemical imbalance problem is genetically caused. Is this true?

What is the best way to overcome anxiety disorder?

How can you tell the difference between an anxiety attack and a heart attack?

I’ve been trying to get in to see a therapist where I live, but most have really long waiting lists. What do I do in the meantime?

I've recently heard that several antidepressants are no better than placebo. Is that true?

Another website said that anxiety wasn't harmful. Is that correct?

Is it possible to have anxiety symptoms and not feel anxious or stressed?

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When is the best time to address anxiety disorder?

If I work on my underlying factors, will my stress level come down to what has been its normal level (which has always been quite high) or will it reset to a lower state and then that becomes the new normal level?

Can regular deep relaxation (meditiation) help with anxiety disorder?

Can anxiety cause chest tightness feeling?

I've been experiencing brain zaps and electric shock symptoms. I'm taking Xanax and heard that Xanax can cause them. I also heard that anxiety can cause these symptoms. Can anxiety cause these symptoms, and if so, what can I do to get rid of them? And should I stop taking my medication right away?

I’ve been having a lot of symptoms, such as a tight feeling in my head, some tingling sensations in the back of my head, and I also feel like I’m trapped inside my mind. My test results all came back normal. Can this be anxiety? If so, what can I do to get rid of my symptoms?

I’m looking for a good therapist. What makes your therapists different from any other therapist?

I’m thinking of getting therapy from one of your recommended therapists. What is the best way to select the right therapist for me?

What if the therapist I want to work with is not taking new clients at the time. What should I do, wait, or pick another one of your recommended therapists?

Why do your recommended therapists have different rates?

I heard recently that dealing with addictions, such as alcoholism and drugs, could be dealt with the same way as anxiety disorder, since the underlying factors of addiction are similar to that of anxiety disorder. Is this true? If so, do any of your therapists help people with addictions?

Can anxiety cause chronic fatigue, like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Can anxiety cause your skin to feel like it is itching and burning but with no rash?

Can anxiety cause asthma symptoms?

Can anxiety cause shaking?

Can anxiety cause the feel out of breath anxiety symptoms?

Can anxiety cause a cough?


For more information about anxiety symptoms, visit our Anxiety Symptoms and Signs page.

If you have questions about your anxiety symptoms or condition, the Recovery Support area of our web site has over 800 answers to commonly asked questions about anxiety. If you don't find your question answered there, members can email us their questions and we'll answer them.

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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated April 2015. Frequent Questions About Anxiety.