Anxiety is a stress reaction, causing feelings of fear, dread, or unease. Anxiety may also cause physical symptoms, such as a rapid heartbeat or sweating.
These feelings are a normal reaction to stressful situations and usually resolve once the stress is over. However, if you have feelings of anxiety on a regular basis and these feelings are getting worse, then you may have an anxiety disorder.
An anxiety disorder causes ongoing feelings of fear and dread that interfere with everyday life, making it hard to work or spend time with friends and family.
There are many types of anxiety disorders. These include:
With GAD, you have persistent feelings of dread and worry almost every day for six or more months. You may worry about many things, such as work, bills, or health. Your feelings of anxiety may be so severe that they may affect your daily responsibilities, like going to work or school.
A panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which you have recurring panic attacks.
Panic attacks are unexpected feelings of intense, paralyzing fear that last several minutes. During a panic attack, you may have heart palpitations, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
People with a panic disorder may avoid situations they fear may trigger a panic attack.
Phobias are overwhelming feelings of fear about objects or situations. Fear of spiders and heights are types of phobias. Social anxiety is also a type of phobia in which you avoid social activities for fear of embarrassing yourself or being judged harshly by others.
At Prime Psychiatry, our team takes a patient-centered approach to care. During an anxiety evaluation, your provider conducts a thorough exam and psychological testing to fully understand your mental, cognitive, and emotional well-being.
Testing helps your provider determine the proper diagnosis. It’s not uncommon for people with other mental health conditions, such as depression to have feelings of anxiety.
At Prime Psychiatry, our team takes an evidence-based approach to mental health, creating individualized care plans for anxiety to ease symptoms and improve quality of life.
Treatment may include:
For help managing your anxiety, call Prime Psychiatry or schedule an appointment online today.