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Can anxiety really kill?
« on: June 20, 2014, 12:32:01 AM »
I just googled and I saw someone ask this question on ***** answers cause she said she was so stressed and feeling sick and was in bed all the time. And someone told her that she could die from anxiety and panic attacks. How can you when anxiety is really a fight or flight response. Now I'm freaked out.
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"The only illness that we can't accept is hypochondria."

"Never Google, everyone will catch an invisible tumor!"

"Anxiety is not a doctor. Neither is the internet."

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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 01:31:52 AM »
No. Unless inspired to kill yourself or as a complication of imunnosuppression or an acquired heart condition. Directly, no it can't.
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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 01:54:10 AM »
Well I am not suicidal and as far as I know my heart is fine.  My blood pressure never goes up during anxiety. Lol.
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"Never Google, everyone will catch an invisible tumor!"

"Anxiety is not a doctor. Neither is the internet."

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Google diagnosis : brain cancer.

Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 02:14:00 AM »
No, there is no direct danger of dying from anxiety. I have heard some doctors say that it is totally harmless. I would disagree with this statement, though, as would many other doctors (I am not a doctor). The correct phrase should be that acute anxiety is not directly dangerous. It can be indirectly harmful in that you could do something dangerous as a result (weak shaky legs could make you fall, or you could get vertigo and stumble and get hurt, etc.) Also, chronic anxiety over many years may have long-term health effects. But nobody has ever died from an anxiety attack or a panic attack! So just remind yourself that no matter how bad it feels, your anxiety isn't directly dangerous and you will get through it and be fine.
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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2014, 02:18:36 AM »
Thanks for clearing that up. I guess that person on ***** answers that answered someone's question spooked me. She told the girl that she needed to be in the hospital and that she could die and it was dangerous so I got really scared cause I've been under stress and some days it's hard for me to calm down and feel like I'm just gonna explode so reading that scared me.
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"The only illness that we can't accept is hypochondria."

"Never Google, everyone will catch an invisible tumor!"

"Anxiety is not a doctor. Neither is the internet."

Actual diagnosis : chronic sinusitis.
Google diagnosis : brain cancer.

Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2014, 02:20:22 AM »
If the question is still open you should reply with correct information so other people don't get freaked out.
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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2014, 02:24:27 AM »
I know. I was thinking about that.  It was a very old post but still. But I saw a lot of others saying that anxiety can kill you cause it's same thing as stress.
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"The only illness that we can't accept is hypochondria."

"Never Google, everyone will catch an invisible tumor!"

"Anxiety is not a doctor. Neither is the internet."

Actual diagnosis : chronic sinusitis.
Google diagnosis : brain cancer.

Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2014, 10:03:18 AM »
That's a great argument for not googling.
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In case anyone is still confused:  googling your symptoms will cause you to remain in a state of extreme anxiety. Stepping away from the internet is the first step toward lasting peace.

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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2014, 10:04:43 AM »
I know. These people were probably scaring this poor girl to death. They did me.
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"The only illness that we can't accept is hypochondria."

"Never Google, everyone will catch an invisible tumor!"

"Anxiety is not a doctor. Neither is the internet."

Actual diagnosis : chronic sinusitis.
Google diagnosis : brain cancer.

Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2014, 11:09:33 AM »
If you think about it logically, how can constant stress be good for anyone, whether mental or physical?
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Re: Can anxiety really kill?
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2014, 12:02:04 PM »
I know.
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"The only illness that we can't accept is hypochondria."

"Never Google, everyone will catch an invisible tumor!"

"Anxiety is not a doctor. Neither is the internet."

Actual diagnosis : chronic sinusitis.
Google diagnosis : brain cancer.

Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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