James talks to Julian Nasti about anxiety symptoms.
Summary Writer: Antonia Clarke
Editor: James Edwards
Interviewee: Julian Nasti
With Dr Julian Nasti, Advanced Trainee in Psychiatry at Canterbury Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
Anxiety symptoms are on a spectrum of normality. It is important to exclude underlying causes that may present with anxiety as a symptom. Treatment modalities for anxiety include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and pharmacotherapy.
A middle-aged man with recurrent presentations to ED with chest pain that has been extensively investigated without a cause found presents again very concerned about his chest pain and shortness of breath. He agrees that he is anxious but does not see his physical symptoms to be related to his anxiety.
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