Feeling Sick? It Might Be Anxiety

By Daniel DeNoon
WebMD Medical News

March 11, 2002 -- The trouble with your stomach may be in your head. That doesn't mean your pain isn't real. It does mean that treatment for anxiety or depression could make you better sooner.

Norwegian researchers find that four out of 10 people suffering major nausea have anxiety or depression. People with anxiety are more then three times more likely to suffer nausea than other people, according to their report in the March/April issue of the journal General Hospital Psychiatry.

Depressed people were one-and-a-half times more likely to experience nausea.

Thus, some people with nausea may be getting the wrong treatment, suggests lead researcher Tone Tangen Haug, MD, PhD. Before beginning aggressive antinausea treatment, doctors should screen patients for psychological problems.

"This may lead to avoidance of long-term use of potentially harmful medications for nausea," Haug says in a news release.

Anxiety disorders plague some 19 million Americans. They are not the same as the tension one may feel before a stressful event. These problems can fill a person's life with anxiety and fear. Fortunately, effective treatments are available.

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Last Update 1st Aug 2003