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Nervousness Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Nervousness. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had nervousness?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is there a simple reason to explain nervousness?

    Why: e.g. a certain level of nervousness is considered normal behaviour. Nervousness may be precipitated by events such as an impending exam, job interview, an overseas flight, receiving medical test results or a date with a new partner.

  3. Is the nervousness intermittent or constant?

    Why: Intermittent nervousness may suggest the possibility of epilepsy, phaeochromocytoma, insulinoma or intermittent cardiac arrhythmia.

  4. Current stressors?

    Why: e.g. interpersonal relationships, physical health, occupational stressors or financial worries - increased nervousness may be related to stressful life events.

  5. Have the symptoms followed exposure to an unusual stress?

    Why: e.g. sexual assault, natural disaster, battle? - may indicate Post-traumatic stress disorder which can occur with other symptoms of anxiety and nervousness.

  6. Family history of anxiety?

    Why: studies have shown that there is an undoubted genetic component in the propensity to anxiety states.

  7. Medications?

    Why: some prescribed medications can cause nervousness e.g. ventolin, thyroxine, some appetite suppressants.

  8. Caffeine use?

    Why: excess caffeine can cause nervousness.

  9. Alcohol history?

    Why: dependence and withdrawal can cause nervousness.

  10. Hard street drug abuse history?

    Why: both dependence and withdrawal of some illicit drugs may cause nervousness; amphetamines may cause hyperactivity, agitation and nervousness; cocaine may cause nervousness.

  11. Benzodiazepine or barbiturate use?

    Why: dependence and withdrawal can cause nervousness.

  12. Symptoms of anxiety?

    Why: e.g. nervousness, shakiness, tremor, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, poor concentration, heart palpitations, racing heart, sweating, dizziness, diarrhea, lump in throat and frequency of urination - anxiety and depression are very closely related and may co-exist, however anxiety may mask an underlying depression.

  13. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: (e.g. down mood, insomnia, poor self esteem, teary, poor concentration and attention, feelings of worthlessness) - Most people with long standing anxiety will eventually develop depressive symptoms however anxiety can also be misdiagnosed as depression as they are closely related.

  14. Psychotic symptoms?

    Why: e.g. hallucinations , paranoia , delusional thinking) - schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be misdiagnosed or associated with anxiety.

  15. Panic attacks?

    Why: recurrent panic attacks occur in Panic disorder and may be confused with generalised anxiety disorder or be associated with anxiety.

  16. Phobias?

    Why: persistent, irrational fear with a compelling desire to avoid the object or situation occurs in Phobia disorders and may be confused with generalized anxiety disorder or be associated with anxiety.

  17. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

    Why: can cause anxiety-like symptoms and nervousness e.g. weight loss, emotional lability, agitation, nervousness, tremor, palpitations, racing heart.

  18. Chest pain, heart palpitations?

    Why: angina and cardiac arrhythmias can be misdiagnosed as anxiety and nervousness.

  19. Symptoms of phaechromocytoma?

    Why: e.g. discrete episodes of headache , sweating , palpitations , skin pallor , chest tightness and high blood pressure ) - can be misdiagnosed as anxiety and nervousness.

  20. Memory impairment?

    Why: Dementia can be confused with anxiety and nervousness.

  21. Symptoms of insulinoma

    Why: e.g. intermittent episodes of confusion, anxiety, stupor related to fasting or exercise.

  22. Symptoms of menopause?

    Why: e.g. hot flushes, night sweats, heart palpitations, lightheadedness, dry vaginal, dry skin, headaches - Menopause may also present with depression or anxiety.

  23. Symptoms of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

    Why: e.g. impulsive over activity (which can appear as nervousness), irritability, poor concentration and school learning problems.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Nervousness:

The following list of conditions have 'Nervousness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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