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Anxiety Q & A
What is anxiety?
Anxiety disorders cause invasive worries and negative thoughts, creating feelings of fear, nervousness, and panic. While feeling nervous or afraid is a normal emotion that helps you protect yourself from danger, anxiety disorders cause pervasive and disproportionate fears that interfere with your ability to participate and function in normal situations.
In addition to excessive fears and worries, anxiety can cause additional symptoms, including:
- A sense of impending doom
- Poor concentration
- Avoidance behaviors
- Rapid heart rate and respiration
- Gastrointestinal problems
Fortunately, anxiety is usually treatable with psychiatric intervention. Dr. Goel offers customized psychopharmacological treatments and medical advice to help control your symptoms.
What are the types of anxiety disorders?
Anxiety manifests as a variety of different disorders. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most common type of the condition. GAD causes persistent worries about everyday issues, such as job responsibilities, family, and chores, that interfere with your day-to-day function.
Other examples of anxiety disorders include:
- Panic disorder: unexpected and repeated attacks of intense fear
- Social anxiety disorder: extreme self-consciousness and fears of humiliation or rejection during social encounters
- Separation anxiety disorder: an intense fear of abandonment or separation from a loved one
- Specific phobias: excessive fears of typically benign objects or situations
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: anxiety that develops after a traumatic experience
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder: intrusive thoughts that cause anxious feelings that are abated by compulsive and ritualistic behaviors
If anxiety disrupts your life, contact Psychiatric Excellence to schedule a consultation today.
What causes anxiety?
Psychiatrists and medical researchers don’t fully understand the causes of anxiety. Your brain chemistry, including the neurotransmitters that regulate your mood, can play a role, as can certain illnesses and medications. Your risk of developing an anxiety disorder is higher if you have family members with anxiety or another mental health issue.
Other risk factors include:
- Traumatic experiences
- Build up of stress
- Personality type
- Drug or alcohol abuse
When left untreated, anxiety can severely interfere with your quality of life. It can contribute to addiction, depression, and a variety of physical ailments ranging from digestive problems to migraines.
How are anxiety disorders treated?
Dr. Goel offers customized care for anxiety, combining medication and medical advice with compassion. He works with you to find the best possible medicines to control your intrusive thoughts and symptoms with minimal side effects. If you’re interested in therapy, Dr. Goel can refer you to a trusted psychologist to provide collaborative care.
Call Psychiatric Excellence or make an appointment online today to get your anxiety under control.
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