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Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of fear or a sense of apprehension, turmoil, or unease. Anxiety can also have physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, or breathing fast. For many people anxiety is a temporary reaction to stress. But for some people anxiety can become a daily event that starts to slowly affect your quality of life. Undiagnosed and untreated, or undertreated, anxiety can become severe, debilitating, and has been linked to a variety of other medical issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and many more. At Excel Psychiatry we understand how anxiety affects our patients and we are proactive and empathetic in our approach. We can help you gain control again and improve the quality of your life.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a type of mental health condition that causes intense fear, anxious feelings, or panic attacks in some cases. While nearly everyone feels anxious from time to time, severe or ongoing anxiety can negatively affect your overall quality of life when left untreated.

Signs and symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Restlessness, nervousness, or anxiousness

  • Ongoing worry or fear

  • Sense of danger, panic, or doom

  • Tension

  • Sweating

  • Trembling

  • High blood pressure

  • Increased heart rate

  • Tiredness

  • Problems concentrating

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Gastrointestinal issues

If you have anxiety, you might avoid certain people or situations that cause anxious feelings or isolate yourself from social activities. Your chance of depression, substance misuse, or problems at work or school is higher if you have an anxiety disorder. Treatment at Excel Psychiatry offers you relief. 

What are common risk factors of anxiety? 

  • Having an illness or disease 

  • Drug or alcohol misuse 

  • Ongoing pain

  • Some medications

  • Family history of anxiety

  • Past trauma

  • Ongoing stress

  • Having other mental health conditions

How does my doctor diagnose anxiety?

To find out if you have anxiety, our team discusses your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms. She completes a comprehensive psychiatric assessment by asking a series of questions to determine which treatment, if any, best matches your needs.

What are common anxiety treatments?

Depending on the type and severity of anxiety you have, we could recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Lifestyle changes

    • Things you can do to reduce anxiety symptoms including getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking alcohol, avoiding caffeine, eating nutritious foods, managing stress and getting plenty of sleep

  • Medications​​​

    • Taking certain medicines can reduce symptoms of anxiety, help you stay calm, and allow you to achieve the best quality of life possible.

  • Psychotherapy

    • Our practice works with you to develop behavior change strategies that help you better deal with anxiety and debilitating symptoms. We offer convenient virtual telepsychiatry services that allow you to speak with your provider from the comfort of your home instead of in person.​

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