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Question: hyperhidrosis and nervous system

 Kin - Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:10 pm

It feels as though my nervous system is, how should I say.. hyper active? I sweat excessively (hyperhidrosis), twitch a lot, and become nervous very easily. If I drink alcohol, I become much more relaxed, my speech actually improves, and all my problems seem to go away until I become sober. Is there a drug that I can take to calm my nervous system like alcohol?

Thank you.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sat May 16, 2009 10:07 pm

User avatar Hi there --

From your description of symptoms you most likely have a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), although you also should be tested for hyperthyroidism. If the latter is negative it would be worthwhile to explore the likely GAD and ways to manage and ultimately disable it. Generally a combination of medication and congnitive behavioral therapy is most effective and often can actually correct the problem completely or at the least help the patient learn to manage it with relative ease. While medications are available and often quite effective, the long-term goal is to break the cycle that creates the tension and anxiety.

If on the other hand hyperthyroidism turns out to be the problem, this is handled by one of several approaches that are strictly medical, and are usually pretty effective as well. There of course can always be a combination, one not precluding the possibility that the other also exists in the same patient.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck to you. Please follow up with us here as needed.

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