Physical Maladies Can Dissemble As Anxiety And Depression

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Medical practitioners are generally well aware of psychosomatic illnesses, in which afflicted patients who seem to have symptoms of a physical malady are actually suffering primarily from anxiety and/or depression.

What is less widely appreciated is that the reverse also occurs, in which there’s an underlying and often undiagnosed physical disease condition, while a patient is complaining of anxiety and/or depression as a result of it. Correctly diagnosing and treating the patient’s physical disease condition can in such cases sometimes clear up the patient’s anxiety and/or depression.

Medicine, like other fields of human endeavor, is often prone to developing ‘silos’ in the management-theory sense of that word, in which practitioners of one type, who have become very skilled in their own specialty or specialties, may simply not think of possible explanations or treatments for a patient’s complaint that fall outside of their own silo. Looking at the medical scene from this perspective, psychiatrists may have formed one silo, focusing on maladies of the mind; while on the other hand cardiologists, gastroenterologists, and endocrinologists may have formed another silo, focusing on maladies having a primarily physical basis.

For instance, physical breathing and other ailments including asthma, sleep apnea, pulmonary embolism, and even pancreatic cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease may first present as anxiety; as may heart-related conditions including chest pain, dizziness, fatigue, and too-rapid heartbeat. Another medical institution found that thirty multiple-sclerosis patients had suffered delays in correctly diagnosing of their condition, because they were being treated for anxiety. When this sort of thing occurs, it can sometimes result in considerable delay in coming to a correct diagnosis and beginning the appropriate treatment.
One heart hospital found that about a quarter of several hundred patients who sought out emergency-room treatment there actually were suffering from panic disorder, rather than from bona fide heart problems. The reverse can also occur, in which properly treating an actual heart ailment clears up a patient’s panic disorder.

Severe anxiety can lead to a surprising variety of physical ailments, including: dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, constantly having to pee, headaches — even migraine headaches, muscle pains, fatigue, shortness of breath, and irritable bowel syndrome. Tests for physical causes of these ailments then fail to turn up anything adequate, and meanwhile the proper treatment of the anxiety — which is often effectively treatable — gets delayed.

Children, as well as adults, may suffer from anxieties, which may have an underlying physical cause — perhaps from frequent upset stomachs, trouble sleeping with frequent nightmares. Anxious children may also grind their teeth.

Anxiety may also lead sufferers down a path of substance abuse and/or addiction.

Depression, like anxiety, can also come about as an effect from various underlying physical maladies, including: heart attacks, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid disease, and Cushing’s disease — which affect the adrenal gland.

It can often help matters if patients themselves, or their representatives, bring up the possibility of an ultimate physical cause for what is presenting as their psychiatric malady.

In any case, regardless of the origin of their psychiatric ailment, anxious and/or depressed folks can always try lifting their moods by taking CLE Mood Effex, which is a blend of the extracts of seven herbs that have been used for centuries, or even for millennia, in traditional Indian Ayurveda, Chinese, Persian, and European medicinal practice to improve people’s moods. It’s provided in the form of accurately premeasured 500-milligram vegetarian capsules. Since it’s not known to interact with most prescription medicines, you can generally try it regardless of other medications that you may already be taking. However, if you are female and pregnant, you should wait until your baby has been delivered before you start taking Mood Effex. Like other CLE vegetarian health products, Mood Effex is prepared from herbs grown organically on CLE’s own land, and harvested and processed and packaged by CLE folks according to CLE’s own proprietary methods, for strict control of quality, purity, and uniformity. Maybe CLE Mood Effex can cheer you up, so that you’ll become at least partially free from your mental problems. Worth a try?

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