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Always tensed about failing BP test. How to calm?

I always get nervous when getting my annual d.o.t. physical and am afraid of failing my blood pressure test. I must have a reading of no more than 139/89 and when they take it I always get nervous. Fight or flight, White coat syndrome . I would love to have a way explained to me to calm down so I dont recieve a failing b.p. number. My blood pressure goes up every time my department of transportation physical nears.
Asked On : Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
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The symptoms you described like tension and stress before physical examination are commonly seen in general population. A lot of people show White Coat Hypertension. The anxiety is also called as Anticipatory Anxiety.
To get rid of this try Relaxation techniques like Progressive Muscle Relaxation Techniques or Deep Breathing Exercises. These techniques help to calm you down before examination.
Other techniques like Yoga, Meditation are also useful.
If not controlled Behavior Therapy by a trained Psychologist will help to get rid of this anxiety.

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi, MD
Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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