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How are anxiety disorders diagnosed?

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If you have symptoms, your doctor will examine you and ask for your medical history. They may run tests to rule out medical illnesses that might be causing your symptoms. No lab tests can specifically diagnose anxiety disorders.

If your doctor doesn’t find any medical reason for how you’re feeling, they may send you to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or another mental health specialist. These doctors will ask you questions and use tools and testing to find out if you could have an anxiety disorder.

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Medications.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anxiety.”

Twin Research and Human Genetics: “Common Psychiatric Disorders and Caffeine Use, Tolerance, and Withdrawal: An Examination of Shared Genetic and Environmental Effects.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Physical Activity Reduces Stress.”

Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia (Brazil): “Effects of physical exercise on serum levels of serotonin and its metabolite in fibromyalgia: a randomized pilot study.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on June 25, 2020

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Medications.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anxiety.”

Twin Research and Human Genetics: “Common Psychiatric Disorders and Caffeine Use, Tolerance, and Withdrawal: An Examination of Shared Genetic and Environmental Effects.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Physical Activity Reduces Stress.”

Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia (Brazil): “Effects of physical exercise on serum levels of serotonin and its metabolite in fibromyalgia: a randomized pilot study.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on June 25, 2020

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