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    An_247687 posted:
    I am a teen and I think I may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I looked my symptoms up on the Symptom-Checker, and it was almost a complete match. My anxiety has only a minor effect on my daily decisions now, and I do not believe that I need medicine. However, recently I had an incident where I thought that my family was trying to poison me. Looking back I realize that they would never do that, but at the time I was really scared and completely believed that they were trying to do me harm. I am wondering if these incidents could happen more and more as time goes on, or if my anxiety in general could get worse. Has anyone else ever had something like this happen to them? Help is appreciated.
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    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    Before you ever do any kind of symptom checklist to determine a self-diagnosis, you need to get a medical checkup. You may have sx that are totally caused by a medical condition that is undiagnosed and can easily be fixed.

    Many things can cause your sx.; poor diet, lack of sleep, stress from school or work, etc. When you begin to have beliefs such as you indicate, it needs to be addressed by a professional.

    Please discuss this with your parents and get the appropriate evaluation.
     
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    An_247687 replied to Patricia Farrell, PhD's response:
    Thank you for the help, Farrell. I will talk to my parents. I really appreciate it.
     
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    Patricia Farrell, PhD replied to An_247687's response:
    Ok, I hope everything works out well.


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