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Anxiety Disorders Treatment

Everyone feels anxious some of the time. But when your anxiety is unrelated to your current situations and conditions that it becomes a problem. Anxiety disorders are common and easily treated with a combination of targeted medication and individualized talk therapy. Don’t ignore the symptoms or let them control your life. Various treatment options are available to suit your needs, from in-person sessions to new remote video conferencing techniques. Call Online Psychiatrists to find relief and tools to handle your anguish.

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What Are the Signs of an Anxiety Disorder?

Excessive and persistent stress about ordinary situations is the hallmark of an anxiety disorder. These disorders push your anxiety beyond the typical feeling of worry into a full-blown panic attack. If you have an anxiety disorder, you experience sudden and intense fear that far surpasses the need for whatever situation you’re in.

Anxiety disorders are a group of conditions characterized by excessive fear in non-threatening situations. Signs that you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder include:

  • Difficulty thinking about anything other than what you fear
  • An increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Tense muscles
  • Trembling
  • A feeling of impending doom or panic
  • Sweating
  • Feeling jumpy

How Does Anxiety Disorder Make Me Feel?

Symptoms of anxiety are part of your body’s natural fight-or-flight response, with one big difference, such as:

  • This evolutionary instinct heightens alertness and prepares you to run or defend yourself when necessary for survival. Your adrenalin kicks in when you feel anxious.
  • While beneficial when you’re truly in danger, if you suffer from an anxiety disorder, the fear and stress are unnecessary and counterproductive. You’re not really in mortal danger.
  • Eventually, the intensity of your feelings can cause you to change your lifestyle to avoid situations that might trigger them. You shun social settings and other triggers.

If you’re 19 to 65 years old and looking for an anxiety doctor in New York, New Jersey or Florida, you’ve come to the right place: Online Psychiatrists. They specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health problems, including the panic attacks and social phobias often associated with anxiety. You have many anxiety treatment options; your doctor chooses the one that best suits you.

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Are There Different Types of Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety disorders come in several flavors. Some develop slowly over time, while others result from an underlying physical illness, a dysfunctional early childhood or a response to a recent traumatic event. The most common forms of anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder, a chronic and exaggerated anxiety over day-to-day life situations and experiences
  • Social anxiety disorder, an intense fear of social interaction and perceived humiliation
  • Illness anxiety disorder, panic related to developing a physical health problem
  • Panic disorder, characterized by panic attacks and sudden feelings of terror that strike without warning
  • Phobias, such as social phobia, which are irrational fears of certain places or events

Some anxiety disorders don’t meet the criteria for specific categories, but still result in disruptive symptoms. These disorders are referred to as unspecified anxiety disorders. Regardless of the nature of your anxiety, your symptoms can improve with treatment.

How Is Anxiety Disorder Diagnosed?

To rule out underlying physical illness, your psychiatrist performs a complete physical exam and reviews your medical history. If a physical ailment triggered your anxiety, illness anxiety disorder treatment is available. Otherwise, the next step is a psychiatric evaluation. During this evaluation, your doctor analyzes:

Your mental health professional first determines which type of anxiety disorder you have. Only then can the psychiatrist decide on the best form of treatment. Along the way, you’re evaluated for any co-occurring conditions, such as depression or a substance abuse disorder.

What Are Effective Anxiety Disorder Treatments?

Generalized anxiety disorder treatment usually involves a combination of two therapies:

  • Medication. Your New York psychiatrist specializes in medication management. Your doctor prescribes the most appropriate type of anti-anxiety medication. You start on a small dose to make sure you can tolerate it. The dosage is adjusted as needed.
  • Talk therapy. Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, plays a vital role in treating all forms of mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders. You engage in talk therapy through in-person meetings or in the comfort of your own home using telepsychiatry. Many patients report superior results through the virtual sessions.

During social anxiety disorder treatment, you may also participate in role-playing to gain social skills and build confidence. Rely on your doctor to find the right treatment, including the medication dosage, to control or reduce your symptoms.

When Should I Get Help for Anxiety Disorders?

If feelings of anxiety or distress interfere with your work, relationships or other aspects of your life, it’s time to get medical help. Anxiety tends to worsen with time, so talk to a psychiatrist as soon as possible. An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward relaxation and a higher quality of life.

At Online Psychiatrists, the primary goal is to find the most effective treatment possible for your anxiety disorder — or any other mental health condition you may have. Contact the practice to arrange an initial consultation.

FAQ's

What’s the difference between normal anxiety and an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention.

Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect more than 25 million Americans. But anxiety disorders are treatable and a number of effective treatments are available. Treatment helps most people lead normal productive lives.

Can meditation or other relaxation techniques help with my anxiety?

They can. They are the best option for mild anxiety that most of us experience from time to time. There are many instructional books on relaxation exercises (often paired with deep breathing) and meditation, which is a form of relaxation. They are relatively simple to learn. These approaches can provide relief and can be used anywhere once the person understands the method. Mental health professionals can guide the person who needs a more personal approach to learning relaxation or meditation.

Are there medications that can help with panic attacks?

Yes. There are many medications that have FDA approval to treat anxiety disorders. Several members of the benzodiazepine class are routinely used to provide relief from anxiety. These minor tranquillizers are safe and effective, but should be used for short-term relief. They have many side effects, including drowsiness, and can be habit forming at higher doses. People taking these medications should not use heavy machinery or drive until they understand how the medication might affect them.

Antidepressants are widely used to treat anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia and social anxiety disorder. The most commonly prescribed medications are from the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. They are generally effective and have few side-effects, although they do not provide immediate relief.

How are children with anxiety disorders treated?

Children can be treated with the same methods as adults. A therapist may be effective by turning the therapy into a game to make it fun for the child. Medication works in children just as in adults, but the psychiatrist must be mindful of the much lower doses used in children.

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