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What tests do I need to get to find out whats causing my anxiety?

Tags: Anxiety , Stress

What tests do I need to get to find out what is causing my anxiety and inability to cope with stress, weight gain, mood swing, real sluggish feeling.

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Thank you for your question. It is difficult to define from your question the root of your anxiety, but please find some information below which it is hoped you may find helpful.

The weight gain and feeling sluggish may be due to diet or bodily changes, but as your age is not determined, it is difficult to comment. Your GP may some blood and other tests to determine if there is a cause for this.

Anxiety at intervals in life can be a completely normal experience. However, if anxiety starts to affect your daily life, and cause you distress, it may be suggested that an appointment to discuss this with your GP should be planned. Your GP will be able to listen and assess your symptoms, and discuss options which may be appropriate for you as an individual.

There are several options which may be appropriate to help aid you through your symptoms, and assist you with the ability to deal with these situations you are experiencing.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychological therapy commonly used to treat anxiety. CBT aims to develop coping strategies which help deal with overwhelming feelings. It helps develop practical methods to improve your state of mind. The course of treatment with a therapist can last between 5 and 20 sessions. Your GP can refer you for this treatment.
  • Antidepressant medication can be prescribed to try and help with anxiety and relationship with stressful situations. They are not a quick fix as it may take a few weeks for the medication to take any effect, but they are known to help assist with your symptoms. Your GP can discuss with you if you both think that this may be a suitable treatment for your circumstances.
  • A balanced diet and regular exercise has also been known to show improvements and health benefits with the symptoms you have described. It is important to ensure that a balanced diet with plenty of fluids to ensure that the body can function effectively. Gentle exercise has benefits on fitness and positive results towards stress levels.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses

We have included some links which you may find useful for further reading, and hope that this has been informative.

Anxiety - NHS

Cognitive behavioural therapy - NHS

Low mood stress & anxiety - NHS

Why be active - NHS