When anxiety becomes too frequent and too intense, it can be extremely disabling, causing high degrees of distress, fear, worry and panic. Chronic, untreated anxiety can and ultimately will lead to avoidance of situations that trigger anxiety in an individual.
There are excellent treatments available for treatment of anxiety and related conditions, including medications, supplements, psychotherapy and alternative treatments (for example: relaxation, massage, meditation, yoga).
Anxiety will present itself in different ways for each individual. Below are a few of the ways that anxiety expresses itself:
Generalized anxiety - chronic worry, stress, tension, "what if this" and "what if that," inability to relax
Panic - frequent anxiety attacks, feels as if having a heart attack, trouble breathing, fear of passing out, extreme fear
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - flashbacks, nightmares of past traumatic experiences, hypervigilance, avoidance of anything that reminds one of trauma
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - persistent thoughts, urges, and impulses that are repetitive, excessive, unwanted, and affect daily life negatively, causes distress
Social anxiety - feels uncomfortable or embarassed in social settings, fears being scrutinized by others, fears performing in front of others, avoids or endures with intense anxiety and distress
Phobias - excessive or irrational fear of an object, place, or situation resulting in extreme fear of panic attack when exposed. Examples include:
agoraphobia - fear of places or situations
claustraphobia - fear of confined spaces
acrophobia - fear of heights
Getting help for anxiety - as early as possible - gives you the best chance for recovery. Our treatment modalities include cognitive behavior therapy, medication, alternative treatments, natural remedies, and teaching techniques to manage fear and stress in a healthy way.
Our dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and counselors will review all major factors contributing to your anxiety symptoms and make recommendations that suit your needs.
If you are experiencing symptoms of mental or physical distress and would like to discuss your treatment options, schedule an appointment with one of our providers today by using our online form or by calling (805) 341-3416 during normal business hours.