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My neurologist said I have anxiety. Should I get more tests?

Marilyn Folk BScN medical reviewer
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Updated: May 11, 2019

I am still worried about my symptoms coming and going even though I have seen many doctors, including a neurologist. In the medical section, you state a “CT Scan, MRI, and EEG (electroencephalogram) if your doctor wants to rule out health conditions related to the head, brain, and body. I only had a CT Scan and my neurologist said everything was fine and that it was stress and anxiety related. Just having a CT Scan? Was that enough? Should I have had all three (CT Scan, MRI and EEG)?

Since your neurologist said your symptoms were related to stress and anxiety, you can feel confident that your diagnosis is accurate. Neurologists are pretty good at differentiating stress and anxiety-caused symptoms from those caused by real neurological conditions. General practitioners typically aren’t as knowledgeable, which is why they might order additional tests just to be sure. But since you’ve seen a neurologist - who specialize in neurological disorders, there’s no need to be concerned about something being missed.

The fact that your neurologist didn’t send you for the other tests tells you that he/she is certain about the diagnosis.

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

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