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Posted by: Es | 2010/03/16

Ativan

Sorry its me on about the Ativan again - was just wondering, I have never had blood tests done, being a woman, are there not other things that cause anxiety - would it be presumtuous of me to mention to my dr that he has never done any blood tests - Do I have to see a psychiatrist to sort this out

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There are absolutely no blood tests that usualyl shed light on a diagnosis of clear anxiety disorder or depression. Indeed, I worry when some readers mention their doctor having done some blood tests which I know are bogus or useless in their situation. So don't assume there are useful tests which have not been done. If you still wonder about this, just ask your doc whether there are any tests which would help, and discuss this with him/her. A sensible psychiatrist would not be likely to do tests either. Only in some of the rarer cases of anxiety as a symptom, lacking other likely symptoms of an anxiety disorder, but occurring along with other symptoms suggesting an uncomon physical disorder, might some tests be useful in exploring that possibility.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/03/16

There are absolutely no blood tests that usualyl shed light on a diagnosis of clear anxiety disorder or depression. Indeed, I worry when some readers mention their doctor having done some blood tests which I know are bogus or useless in their situation. So don't assume there are useful tests which have not been done. If you still wonder about this, just ask your doc whether there are any tests which would help, and discuss this with him/her. A sensible psychiatrist would not be likely to do tests either. Only in some of the rarer cases of anxiety as a symptom, lacking other likely symptoms of an anxiety disorder, but occurring along with other symptoms suggesting an uncomon physical disorder, might some tests be useful in exploring that possibility.

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