Our expert says:
One of the many ways anxiety ( stres ) mcan cause worry and discomfort is both by enhancing and amplifying any minor physical symptom we may experience, but also, through various instances of muscle tensions, cause physical discomfort in parts of the body, too. One should also not need to be taking sleeping pills for months on end, and if a sleeping problem persists, it is better to see a good local psychiatrist for a thorough assessment. Difficulty getting to sleep is more typical of anxiety, early morning wakening more typical of depression.
What you describe is more likely to be identified and cleared up by seeing a psychiatrist than by searching for purely physical causes which are unlikely to be the cause. And of course a psychiatrist is also a fully trained medical doctor, and so well able to consider any possible physical cause during such an asessment
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