Anxiety is a natural reaction to stress that proves helpful in some situations. It is our “fight or flight” response meant to prepare us for danger and help us pay attention to our surroundings. But for some people, these feelings of anxiousness become excessive as part of a mental health disorder. Almost 30 percent of American adults experience one of these disorders at some time in their lives. Also, MedPsych Integrated of Raleigh, North Carolina provides treatment for patients with anxiety disorders.
With treatment, you can lead a daily life of balanced wellbeing. This treatment typically involves psychiatric evaluation, genetic testing, onsite blood draws, and medication management. Also, you may also undergo ongoing therapy to find and address your anxiety’s root causes. In therapy, you learn coping skills for dealing with your symptoms as they occur and to prevent them, in the first place. Types of therapy effective in treating this condition include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma therapy.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety involves anticipating a future problem, whereas fear occurs from an immediate threat. One of the common threads among anxiety disorders is avoidance behavior. In other words, you try to avoid situations that trigger you or cause your symptoms to worsen. When your condition is left untreated, you experience problems with job performance, school work, and relationships. Also, other common aspects include your physical and mental stress reactions being disproportionate to the situation or inappropriate for your age. Furthermore, the symptoms affect your ability to function normally, too.
Types of anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
Almost four percent of Americans experience one of these disorders.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) occurs with excessive worry that disrupts daily activities. Also, it creates ongoing tension, often with physical symptoms like edginess, fatigue, concentration problems, muscle tension, sleep problems and restlessness. Furthermore, the focus of this worry and stress often includes work, family matters, chores, appointments or school.
In the past, doctors considered obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) a type of GAD. But since 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM) separated OCD from other anxiety-related disorders to its own category.
Panic disorder causes recurring panic attacks. These attacks create overwhelming mental and physical stress through a combination of symptoms, such as:
- Pounding heart, rapid heartbeat or palpitations
- Shaking or trembling
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or feeling faint
- Chest pain
- Choking feelings
- Tingling or numbing
- Hot flashes or chills
- Abdominal pains or nausea
- Fear of lost control
- Fear of dying
Panic attack symptoms are severe. They cause many people with the condition to believe they are having a heart attack. Not realizing they have a mental health condition, some find out through diagnosis in a hospital emergency room. Triggers for panic attacks include being around feared objects or other expected circumstances. Or, they occur for no clear reason. Most people experience their first attack in their early 20s. Often, these problems arise in conjunction with other mental disorders, such as PTSD or depression.
A phobia is a persistent fear of an object, activity or situation. Both the fear and reaction are excessive in comparison to the actual threat. Most people with phobias understand this, but cannot overcome their phobia. Specific phobias include fear of spiders, heights or flying.
Agoraphobia is a fear of situations in which escape could prove complex or embarrassing, or wherein you may suffer panic symptoms without help available to you. Your fear is not proportionate to the situation. Still, symptoms last six months or longer and create problems throughout daily life.
You possibly suffer agoraphobia if you struggle with fear in two or more of the below situations:
- Using public transportation
- Being in enclosed spaces
- Being in open spaces
- Standing in line
- Being in a crowd
- Being alone and away from home
If you have agoraphobia, you typically avoid these situations that bother you. Or, you must have a companion with you. Otherwise, you have to endure your symptoms to function in society. Additionally, many people with this disorder struggle with leaving their house.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Once called social phobia, this disorder causes intense anxiety about being publicly shamed, embarrassed, rejected, laughed at or humiliated. Also, he fears often relates to public speaking, meeting others or eating in public. Furthermore, leading to diagnosis, you experience these symptoms for at least six months and struggle to function normally in daily life.
Separation Anxiety Disorder
As part of this condition, people experience excessive fear about being separated from people with whom they feel an attachment. Additionally, these feelings are inappropriate based on age, how long they persist and how they affect other functioning. Also, sometimes the condition is based upon worry over the loved one not returning, such as through death or other loss.
Diagnosis and Integrative Care
Your diagnosis at MedPsych Integrated starts with an appointment with Nadia S. Meyer, MD. Dr. Meyer is a triple board certified psychiatrist. Furthermore, her knowledge and experience in psychiatry, internal medicine and addiction psychiatry enable her to make a correct diagnosis of your condition. Also, she achieves this through psychiatric evaluation and a thorough view of your brain chemistry from genetic testing and onsite blood draws.
If you do receive an anxiety-related diagnosis, your treatment will typically include talk therapy and medication management. Also, these outpatient services enable you to continue living your day-to-day life while your condition improves. Additionally, you also learn how to cope with your symptoms and prevent triggering through psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Furthermore, schedule your visit with MedPsych Integrated in Raleigh, NC today. Also, we typically see patients in our office. But during the quarantining of covid-19, we offer Telepsychiatry appointments.
Lastly, Call us at 919-582-7272 to work on your anxiety and start living a better life.