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Suffering from compulsive overeating, rapid weight loss. memory loss, anxiety. What is the disease?

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complaints of pains, fatigue
difficulty concentrating
difficulty making decisions
excessive or inappropriate guilt
forgetting obligations, being late for offices, skipping office
loss of interest in food or compulsive overeating that results in rapid weight loss or gain
memory loss
preoccupation with death and dying
rebellious behavior
sadness, anxiety, or a feeling of hopelessness
staying awake at night and sleeping during the day
sudden drop in grade
withdrawal from friends
Posted Mon, 2 Sep 2013 in Mental Health
Answered by Dr. Ashish Mittal 39 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Hello, Thanks for your query.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your query.
I appreciate your efforts for medical consultation in so much distress.

From your description and normal investigations report we should strongly suspect presence of generalized anxiety disorder.

Other symptoms of anxiety which may or may not be present in your case: nervousness, restlessness, mild irritability, excessive worry regarding own health, tremor, muscle spasm, heaviness in body, easy fatigability, headache, sleep disturbance, palpitation and dry mouth.

Anxiety occur due to neurotransmitters imbalance in brain most commonly involving serotonin neurotransmitter. You may need treatment with psychiatrist to treat your anxiety. It is not clear if you received any treatment in past, but believe me people life changes after treatment.

Thyroid problem also increases chances of developing anxiety. It is better to get evaluated for serum T3/T4/TSH. MRI usually come normal in such case.

There is need for treatment, if symptoms cause significant personal distress or affect personal/professional life. Both drug and non drug treatment like cognitive behaviour therapy (form of psychotherapy) are used for treatment. Choice of treatment depends on severity of symptoms, personal preference and availability of treatment.

In drug treatment of anxiety two types of medicine used. For immediate relief of anxiety benzodiazepines group of medicines are used for short duration (due to risk of dependence). For long term relief most commonly SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are used. SSRI takes around 3-4 weeks to show its effect, till that time benzodiazepines control the anxiety symptoms. All these medicines are prescription medicine and given after in person examination by physician.

Apart from above advice following simple measures will help you:
-Decrease worrying by keeping yourself busy and distracted from worrisome thoughts by talking to family members or watching T.V. or counting back (100 to 0).
-Healthy diet: Milk and fruits in diet.
-Daily morning walk
-Breathing exercise, yoga and meditation (which you can learn from some expert in person)

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you. In case of any doubt, I will be available for follow ups.

Wish you good health.
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