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Severe anxiety and depression with shortness of breath, palpitations, chest and back pains, feeling of butterflies in stomach. Treatment?

I m 14 and I suffer from severe anxiety and depression . Lately, I ve had shortness of breath, rapid, heavy heartbeat , palpitations and when I have shortness of breath, I feel a butterfly feeling in my stomach for a second. I don t know if any of this is normal for anxiety but I m having chest and back pains because I m focusing on breathing and stuff. Any help? Thanks.
Asked On : Thu, 7 Jun 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hi and Welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your question...

You need to elaborate more on the duration and nature of your 'anxiety' and 'depressive' symptoms. Also, though some of the symptoms that you have mentioned may be due to anxiety, symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain and palpitations can be due to medical causes. Hence, these symptoms need further exploration and assessment. For example, do you get the shortness of breath and chest pain only on exertion... how long do they last... what relieves you of the symptoms... etc. etc.

You first need to have a detailed medical assessment in order to rule out any underlying medical problems, as that would be the first priority. If your medical assessment and investigations are all normal, then your anxiety symptoms can then be managed appropriately, after consultation with a psychiatrist. There are various options available for managing anxiety problems... medication, psychological therapies, behavioural therapies, self-help techniques, etc.

Please consult a doctor and have a proper evaluation done at the earliest.

All the best.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Thu, 7 Jun 2012
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Psychiatrist Dr. B. P. Sinha's  Response
Welcome to Healthcaremagic.
Your most of the symptomes go in favour of Anxiety but nothing to be panicky. Now a days it has become very common problem specially in your age group. Its curable. You have to consult a Psychiatrist who will first exclude it from the physical problem, if any, and then may start your treatment either with the medicines or the other ways which he thinks will be better for you. Hope this helps you
Answered: Tue, 26 Jun 2012
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