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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
User :   I guess I just ask my quesiton now?
Doctor :   yes please go ahead
User :   Okay, i'm 28 years old and have been active my whole life. I played sports through high school and playbed basketball in college. Here the past year or so I have stared having heart palpitaions. They get worse if I think about them, normally they don't show up, but I worry when they do. Should I be concerned?
Doctor :   any stress lately ?
User :   well, yeah some. But I don't feel like i'm stressed.
Doctor :   so before 1 year all was ok ?
Doctor :   do you have any medical condition ?
Doctor :   do you smoke or consume alcohol ?
User :   Before 1 year ago I never had them. No medical conditions, don't smoke or drink.
Doctor :   ok , well from the symptoms you have told me what in my opinion is that you are having a generalized anxiety disorder
User :   well I had that when I was little, and sometimes I feel like I constantly worry about things. Drives me crazy to be honest
Doctor :   The exact cause of GAD is not fully known, but a number of factors -- including genetics, brain chemistry and environmental stresses -- appear to contribute to its development.
Doctor :   Drugs are available to treat GAD and may be especially helpful for people whose anxiety is interfering with daily functioning. The medications most often used to treat GAD in the short-term are from a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. These medications are sometimes referred to as "tranquilizers," because they leave you feeling calm and relaxed. They work by decreasing the physical symptoms of GAD, such as muscle tension and restlessness
Doctor :   Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also very effective
User :   What are the drugs called, exactly? I know you say they are in the class of benzodiazepines.
User :   like celexa?
Doctor :   that is a antidepressant
Doctor :   you need to see a psychiatrist and with the new drugs in the market there are with less side effects and more efficacy
Doctor :   dont worry you will be fine
User :   Good, b/c im the type that never takes medication unless I absolutely have to. I hate worrying about side effects and with anxiety, well, we both know how that goes
Doctor :   its curable and you being in good health is a added positive ouutlook
User :   So I shouldn't worry about it effecting me during exercise? Its okay to continue?
Doctor :   yes sure you should carry on
Doctor :   it will not effect you in anyway
User :   okay great! Thank you very much for your time! This was really helpful. Never even considered seeing a psychiatrist before!
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   and trust me you will be all fine
Doctor :   glad i was able to help
Doctor :   take car
Doctor :   care**
User :   you do the same, thanks again
Doctor :   and have a nice day
Doctor :   bye bye
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