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Heart Sinking Feeling

I have been feeling anxiety, tiredness and heart sink problem for the last 15-20 days due to tension of some family problem. I want to know that above symptoms are common or indication of some serious problem.

Dr.Prof. Jagadeesan M.S. 97% (12802ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I have been feeling anxiety, tiredness and heart sink problem for the last 15-20 days due to tension of some family p...
Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge being easily fatigued difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank irritability muscle tension difficulty controlling the worry sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep) these are some of the symptoms. U seem to be having anxiety disorder, kindly consult a psychiatrist and get treated.
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I have been having an irregular heartbeat whenever I'm resting and paying attention to it. It feels like a sort of sinking feeling in the heart and happens quite irregularly. But there are no other symptoms at all, my pulse rate is also around 70 beats per minute. Is this something to be worried about?

Dr.Jayvirsinh Chauhan 95% (33972ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I have been having an irregular heartbeat whenever I'm resting and paying attention to it. It feels like a sort of si...
It is better to get checked up once so at least mentally you are assured if there is nothing and if there is then it can be treated timely.
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I am observing anxiety related chest pain from a pretty long time now, the moment I get any fear or any confusion or any threat like feeling I am experiencing chest pain at the left side due to which I remain uncomfortable and not able to concentrate on anything/task. Also it leads me on over thinking which aggravates my chest pain. Kindly help what should I do.

Dr.Saul Pereira 94% (49546ratings)
Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am observing anxiety related chest pain from a pretty long time now, the moment I get any fear or any confusion or ...
Even if you think the chest pain is due to anxiety, please go for a thorough medical checkup to rule out any other developing problem. This is abnormal fear and it could do with some contribution from your upbringing. Perhaps you experienced strict parenting; or you were intimidated by dire consequences for failure; perhaps you were brought up believing that you were not as good as others; perhaps you were forced to show undue regard for elders and felt inferior around them, etc. You must immediately seek help from a counselor. In the meantime you must do certain things to build your constitution physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Mental stability can be achieved by learning a few skills in handling emotions in an appropriate manner. Stress management skills, which have a lot to do with expressing emotions, will need to be a major part of your recovery program. Emotionally you need the help of a counselor and that will help you tremendously to move from anxiety to normal fear. Please persevere and cooperate through all the support you need and you will come through successfully. Develop your body’s health by physical fitness through exercise, good rest (sleep), and a proper diet. Any way what you need to focus on is to do vigorous exercise of the aerobic kind for the heart’s fitness; meditation for the brain’s fitness; sleep for a well rested mind and body; a sound spiritual well being for good confidence and stability; and a diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Vigorous exercise, especially of the callisthenic kind, will make your heart, which is a muscle, grow larger; and then your heart will need to beat less often and you will respond to the anxiety with a calmer disposition. If your mind, constitution, and your emotions are in check and fit, you will never be disturbed again. You need to attend personality development courses, personal grooming courses, conversational skills courses, and definitely a good education will empower you to boost self-confidence and by default self-image. Learn never to compare yourself with others: you are unique and there is only one of your kind, ever. If you let that sink in and appreciate who you are truly, you will go places.
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I am depressed since my fiance broke up in a single day after a live in relationship of 13 months showing ignorance has blocked all phones and contacts. It was a family matter and the marriage was also fixed but all of a sudden she is ignoring. I am not able to bear the shock. I can't stay like this. Have not got sleep for last 16 days and also can't eat. Very down and depressed. Please guide me how can I help this situation.

B A M S & MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Ayurveda, Thane
I am depressed since my fiance broke up in a single day after a live in relationship of 13 months showing ignorance h...
7 Yoga Poses That Will Help You Fight Depression Some days, you dread getting up in the morning and facing the world. Hopelessness takes over, and you feel empty. If this recurs often, you are in trouble, my friend, as depression is knocking on your door. The sooner you find a solution, the better. Yoga is said to relieve depression naturally, and here’s a list of 7 yoga poses that will help you do so. Take a look. Before that, let’s get to know a few facts about depression. What Is Depression? Depression is an illness that affects your brain. It is your reaction to something sad, loss of someone, or dejection. When these feelings aggravate and become intense, it leads to a medical condition called clinical depression. You know you are depressed when you display the following symptoms consistently for two weeks. Symptoms Of Depression •You feel worthless and guilty on a daily basis. •Your concentration decreases and indecisiveness takes over. •All the hobbies and activities you enjoyed previously now don’t seem appealing at all. •You think about death and contemplate suicide. •You feel unstable and fidgety or incredibly dull and slow. •There will be a significant change in your weight – you either gain it or lose it. What Causes Depression? When you get emotionally attached to something over a period, and it doesn’t exist anymore, it leaves a gap, and depression takes over to cope with the loss. Genetics, fluctuation in the hormone levels, some medical conditions, post-surgery reaction, and high stress levels also cause depression. It is a common yet severe problem that needs to be tackled before it gets out of hand. Let’s now find out how to do that. Yoga As A Cure For Depression Yoga is one of the best ways to lighten your mood and keep depression at bay. Yoga poses increase blood circulation to the brain and enable the production of the mood-elevating hormones. The practice of yoga doesn’t have any adverse side effects, which make it a better option as compared to other medication for depression. Some yoga poses to fight depression are mentioned below. Try them for at least 12 weeks to notice significant changes. 7 Depression-Fighting Yoga Poses 1.Balasana (Child Pose) 2.Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose) 3.Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose) 4.Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose) 5.Halasana (Plow Pose) 6.Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold Pose) 7.Savasana (Corpse Pose) 1. Balasana (Child Pose) Balasana helps calm your brain and relieves stress and anxiety. It gently stretches your lower back and hips, enabling your body to relax. Peace and calm prevail over your entire being, helping you deal with your depression better. Balasana is considered as one of the most comfortable yoga poses. All you have to do is kneel and sit on your heels. Make sure your big toes touch each other. Keep your hands on your knees and spread your knees hip-width apart. Then, bend your torso forward, in between your divided thighs, with your face touching the ground. Bring your arms forward and place them on either side of your head, with the palms facing down. Be in this position for a few minutes. 2. Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose) Sethu Bandhasana strengthens the back muscles and relieves a tired back. It helps you relax and works wonders for people suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression. Sethu Bandhasana opens up your heart, making you feel light and at ease. To do the pose, lie down on the floor on your back. Keep your arms on the floor on either side with the palms facing down. Lift your legs by folding them at the knees. Make sure the ankles and knees are in a straight line, and the feet are a few inches apart. Then, gently lift your entire back off the floor and stay there for a few seconds. While doing this, your thighs should be parallel to each other, and your chest should touch your chin. Make sure you do not bend your chin. 3. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose) Urdhva Mukha Svanasana can easily cure mild fatigue and depression. It has an overall rejuvenating effect on your body, and all the stress trapped in your back will vanish. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana strengthens and awakens your upper body. To do the asana, lie on the floor with your face down and legs following the same with the toes facing downward and a few inches apart. Place your palms near the chest on either side, facing down. Keep your palms close to your ribs. Lift your torso and straighten your arms and legs a few inches off the floor. Press the top part of your feet firmly into the ground. Keep your head straight or facing upwards and your shoulders away from your ears and let your chest rise. 4. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose) Adho Mukha Svanasana enables fresh blood to flow into your body. It stretches the neck and cervical spine, releasing the stress in them, thereby reducing anxiety and calming your being. Adho Mukha Svanasana strengthens your abdominal muscles and improves digestion. To do the pose, make a posture of a table with your body. Use your legs and hands to make the legs of the table and your back as the table top. Now, straighten your elbows and knees, pushing your hip upward and forming an inverted V-shape with your body. The hands should be shoulder-width apart, legs hips-width apart, and the toes pointing straight. Firmly press your hands to the ground and straighten your neck. Your ear should touch your inner arms. Keep your eye gaze at your navel. × 5. Halasana (Plow Pose) Halasana reduces the strain on your back and enhances your posture. It calms your brain, gives it a good stretch, and reduces stress. It keeps headaches and insomnia at bay. Halasana is one of the best calming poses for your nervous system. To do the pose, lie flat on your back, with your arms kept alongside your body. Lift your legs off the ground at an angle of 90 degrees to the ground. Then, place your hands on your hips and using them as support, lift your hips towards your chest. Slowly bring down your legs and take them over your head, touching the ground beyond your head and placing your toes firmly on the ground. Make sure your thighs are straight to avoid them touching your head. Remove your hands from the hips, straighten your arms forward, and place them on the ground with the palms facing downward. 6. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold Pose) Uttanasana relieves tension in your back, shoulders, and neck and improves the functioning of your nervous system. It calms you and reduces anxiety. Uttanasana also improves blood circulation. To do the asana, stand straight with your arms alongside your body and your feet at arms’ length. Now, place your arms on your hips and bend forward at the hips. Make your head and chest touch your thighs. Bring your hands down and put them beside your feet or hold your ankles from behind. Keep your thighs straight. 7. Savasana (Corpse Pose) Savasana rejuvenates you and helps your body relax. It reduces blood pressure and lets the effects of the previous poses to sink in better. Finally, after all the mind and body invigorating poses, Savasana will give you all the rest and scope to heal. To do the Savasana, lie on the floor on your back. Keep your feet a few inches apart and let them fall sideways. Let your arms lie alongside your body with your palms facing upwards. Now, gently close your eyes and let your whole body relax, slowly and gently. Take deep breaths, and stay in the moment. All the poses mentioned above will help relieve the emotional scars and trauma deeply ingrained in your physical and psychic body. Do give it a shot. Now, let’s look at some common queries regarding depression. Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions Is depression more prevalent in women than in men? Yes, depression is more common in women than in men. The biological and hormonal changes that women go through in their life may be factors responsible for this. What is Postpartum Depression (PDD)? Postpartum depression occurs in women after they give birth to a child. PDD occurs due to physical and hormonal changes in their body and the overwhelming feeling of taking care of a newborn. Is the rate of depression increasing? According to reports, the rate of depression is increasing. It could be due to the stress that comes with the modern way of living. How do people react when they are diagnosed with depression? The reactions vary from person to person. Usually, they are either comforted by the thought that their problem has been recognized or go through shock, sadness or feel ashamed that they have a mental illness. How common is depression? Depression is widespread and is prevalent in about 121 million people across the world. When you do yoga, you pay attention to your body. It makes you feel whole and connected. Yoga offers support and solace and the ability to live in the moment. The unique mind-body approach of yoga is more and more becoming the choice to fight depression. It is holistic and long-lasting without any side effects. So, why not?

I'm 7 weeks pregnant. Since last 2-3 days I feel very hungry and have been passing stool thrice or sometimes more. There is a constant heart sinking feeling which is troubling me. Is that normal? What should Need to do?

Dr.Sunita Chavan 89% (267ratings)
MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Gorakhpur
I'm 7 weeks pregnant. Since last 2-3 days I feel very hungry and have been passing stool thrice or sometimes more. Th...
Yes it is normal as it happens with changing hormones in your body. The sinking feeling is because of hypotension which occurs in pregnancy to felicitate more blood flow towards uterus for foetal growth. You increase uptake of fresh fruits and juices and take lots of liquid it will compensate hypovolemia n hypotension. No need to take any medicine for it. Enjoy your pregnancy.
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I have stress and anxiety problems .every little things I take deeply and go on thinking which causes anxiety .and fear of something bad will happen to me .etc etc.

Dr.Sajeev Kumar 91% (40166ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
I have stress and anxiety problems .every little things I take deeply and go on thinking which causes anxiety .and fe...
Suffering unwanted anxiety is very much prevalent nowadays! It is common complaint that" I Suffer from anxiety. Please help me" Anxiety is a very normal emotion, which gives rise to feelings of nervousness every now and then. An anxiety disorder is a serious medical condition in which people experience a high degree of distress and mental trauma, which hinders a normal life. People suffering from this medical condition experience high levels of anxiety and nervousness almost all the time. Here are the cardinal symptoms that indicate you're suffering from anxiety disorder. 1. Troublesome & Excess worry - This condition prevails if you worry about the day to day activities too much on a regular basis. It is identified when you start taking too much stress about very common and routine things, related to life or work which tends to affect you in an adverse way. A noticeable sign of excessive worry can be too much fatigue. 2. Lack of Sleep/irregular, disturbed sleep - Problems in falling asleep at the right time and problems in maintaining an uninterrupted sleep are two signs that indicate you have an anxiety disorder. 3. Baseless / Irrational fears - This symptom is not generalized; instead, it is specific and subjective in relation to a particular thing or situation. The fears that are experienced under this category are sudden and unexpected in nature and there is no fixed rationale behind these fears. One may ear of death or accident or fall from a plane and so on. 4. Muscle pain - Muscle discomfort and pain is one of the leading physiological causes of an anxiety disorder. The pain felt is chronic and pervasive, and is very common among people facing situations of anxiety. If you are exposed to constant periods of anxiety, you will experience fatigue, muscle pains and lethargy or unwillingness to work. 5. Unexplained indigestion - Problems related to the digestive system are also a sign of anxiety disorder. In this case, you may face constant digestive problems accompanied by a common disorder called IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). IBS refers to an anxiety situation in the digestive tract, which is characterized by sudden urge to defecate on eating, stomach aches, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhoea. Apart from the above-mentioned symptoms, other symptoms of an anxiety disorder include stage fright, self- consciousness, panic attacks, memory flashbacks, perfectionism, compulsive behaviours, self- doubt, and such others. Symptoms vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include: • Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness. • Problems sleeping. • Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet. • Shortness of breath. • Heart palpitations. • An inability to be still and calm. • Dry mouth. • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet. Anxiety is a normal, predictable part of life. However, people with an anxiety disorder are essentially phobic about anxiety feeling. And they’ll go to any lengths to avoid it. Some people experience generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), excessive anxiety about real-life concerns, such as money, relationships, health and academics, Others struggle with social anxiety, and worry about being evaluated or embarrassing themselves. People with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) might become preoccupied with symmetry or potential contamination. The bottom line is that people can experience anxiety, and anxiety disorders, related to just about anything. Most of these steps contribute to a healthy and fulfilling life, overall. To sum up, making some basic lifestyle changes can do wonders for someone coping with elevated anxiety. Take these steps from today. 1. Take a deep breath. Deep diaphragmatic breathing triggers our relaxation response, switching from our fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system, to the relaxed, balanced response of our parasympathetic nervous system, according to, clinical psychologists, who have suggested the following exercise, which you can repeat several times: #Inhale slowly to a count of four, starting at your belly and then moving into your chest. Gently hold your breath for four counts. Then slowly exhale to four counts. 2 Be active. One of the most important things one can do to cope with anxiety] is to get regular cardiovascular exercise,” For instance, a brisk 30- to 60-minute walk “releases endorphins that lead to a reduction in anxiety.” You can start today by taking a walk. Or create a list of physical activities that you enjoy, and put them on your schedule for the week. Other options include: running, rowing, rollerblading, hiking, biking, dancing, swimming, surfing, step aerobics, kickboxing and sports such as soccer, tennis and basketball, in short just anything you can do to be physically active 3. Sleep well. Not getting enough sleep can trigger anxiety. If you’re having trouble sleeping, tonight, engage in a relaxing activity before bedtime, such as taking a warm bath, listening to soothing music or taking several deep breaths and meditation is excellent .If you’re like many people with anxiety whose brains start buzzing right before bed, jot down your worries earlier in the day for 10 to 15 minutes, or try a mental exercise like thinking of fruits with the same letter. 4. Fight an anxious thought. We all have moments wherein we unintentionally increase or maintain our own worry by thinking unhelpful thoughts. These thoughts are often unrealistic, inaccurate, or, to some extent, unreasonable. Thankfully, we can change these thoughts. The first step is to identify them. Consider how a specific thought affects your feelings and behaviours. Is it helpful or unhelpful? These are the types of thoughts you want to challenge. Therefore it is suggested asking yourself: “Is this worry real?” “Is this going to happen?” “If the worst possible outcome happens, what would be so bad about that?” “Could I handle that?” “What might I do?” “If something bad happens, what might that mean to me?” “Is this really true or does it just seem so. Then, reframe or correct that thought to make it more accurate, realistic and more adaptive. For example: “I would feel embarrassed if I tripped on the stage, but that’s just a feeling; and it won't last forever, and I would get through it.” 5. Say an encouraging statement. Positive, accurate statements can help to put things into perspective. See these examples: “Anxiety is just a feeling, like any other feeling.” and “This feels bad, but I can use some strategies to cope with it.” 6. Stay connected to others. Social support is vital to managing stress, Today, call a loved one, schedule to go to lunch with a close friend. Talking with others can do a world of good. Another option is to get together and engage in an activity that improves your anxiety, such as taking a walk, sitting on the beach or going to a yoga class. 7. Avoid Alcohol and caffeine. Managing anxiety is as much about what you do as what you don’t do. And there are some substances that exacerbate anxiety. Caffeine/alcohol is one of those substances. The last thing people with anxiety need is a substance that makes them feel more turned on, which is exactly what caffeine/alcohol does. 8. Avoid mood changing drugs. “While drugs and alcohol might help to reduce anxiety in the short term, they often do just the opposite in the long term,” Even the short-term effect can be harmful. Experts have treated countless clients whose first panic attack occurred while they were taking drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy or LSD. “Panic attacks are bad enough if you are straight and sober, so imagine how bad they are if you are high, and can’t get untied until the drug wears off.” 9. Do something you enjoy. Engaging in enjoyable activities helps to soothe your anxiety. For instance, today, you might take a walk, listen to music or read a book, 10. Take a break. It’s also helpful to build breaks into your day. As it is said, this might be a “simple change of pace or scenery, enjoying a hobby, or switching ‘to-do’ tasks.” “Breaking from concerted effort can be refreshing.” 11. Solve Problem It is suggested considering how you can address the stressors that are causing your anxiety. Today, make a list of these stressors and next to each one, jot down one or two solutions. 12. Read a book. There are many valuable resources on anxiety, which teach you effective coping skills. Some recommended are Dying of Embarrassment for people with social anxiety; The BDD Workbook for body dysmorphic disorder; The Imp of the Mindand The OCD Workbook for obsessive-compulsive disorder. And It is suggested "Stop Obsessing" for adults with OCD (and Up and Down the Worry Hill for kids with OCD). For people with panic attacks, it is suggested Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. For a general overview of cognitive-behavioural therapy for anxiety,
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I have suffering from tensions and some personal problems like fear what is the problem?

Dr.K V Anand 95% (34597ratings)
BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
I have suffering from tensions and some personal problems like fear what is the problem?
Dear Lybrate user, Anxiety disorders are a category of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear, where anxiety is a worry about future events and fear is a reaction to current events. These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a racing heart and shakiness. There are a number of anxiety disorders: including generalized anxiety disorder, a specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and panic disorder among others. While each has its own characteristics and symptoms, they all include symptoms of anxiety. I need to know more about your anxiety so that I will be able to diagnose it properly and provide you tips to overcome and manage your anxiety. Take care.
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I want to ask you that I am feeling so uncertain about what my partner is doing like I am feeling so deep core thinking about wrong. I was unable to eat & my heart sinks about think wrong that my partner is cheating on me. I am unable to concentrate on any work I always think ab my partner (my girl) that what is she doing. Is she going out with someone else. Whenever she do not pick my call I feel so scared. I thought negative & unable to connect with anyone. Kindly help me in this how to keep my mind cool and a genuine person.

Dr.K V Anand 95% (34597ratings)
BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear user. Being possessive on your girl friend is the problem. She is an individual with distinct personality and she do have her own rights and behaviors. Let her behave according to her rights and you should be within your rights. I suggest online counseling for you. Take care.
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Hello sir, my name is ishaan, I am 19 years old, actually I am healthy teen, I am weighing around 100 kgs, and also my BP usually remains more than normal, I usually feel shortness of breath and yesterday I was just standing to drink water but suddenly something happened to me like it was a sudden black out in front of my eyes and it was a feeling like my heart would sink at that moment and I can't breathe at that time, I was trying to breath but it was like oxygen is not going through my body and also suddenly I was having cold sweats! And after 1 or 2 minutes everything was fine it was a feeling like I came out from unconsciousness after sitting on my chair! Can it be a MINOR HEART ATTACK? I have my ECG checked 3 years ago but it was normal, and also I feel sometimes very rare like 1 time a month a sudden pain like someone pinched me very hard near my heart and also when I wake up between my sleep at night I also hear my heart beating alot like it makes my body vibrate uh know what I meant to say !PLEASE HELP me, I will be waiting for your reply Kindly reply as soon as possible! Thanks Ishaan.

Dr.S Kumar 91% (152ratings)
Phd - Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hello sir, my name is ishaan, I am 19 years old, actually I am healthy teen, I am weighing around 100 kgs, and also m...
Firstly. You are just 19, having so many problems related to heart. You have to take your health very seriously. First. You have to reduce your weight. Start with small targets and then gradually increase it. Some dietary recommendations for you are: 1.Avoid milk and milk products like cheese, curd,ice-creams, paneer etc. 2.Avoid sugar and sweets, chocolates. 3.Use omega-3 rich oil like ricebran oil or olive oil. 4.Increase your intake of fibers like more and more of salad veges and green leafy veges. 5.Take sprouts regularly. 6.avoid bakery products, pizza,burger, fats and fries. 7.Take dryfruits regularly like walnut/almond/cashew. 8.Avoid eating outside. 9.Boil one cup of water, add jeera. Strain it ,add few lemon drops .Take these water during or after meals.
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