An estimated 40 million adults in the United States struggle under the weight of an anxiety disorder. At Ocean Psychiatry, the mental health specialists offer anxiety evaluations in-office and through online telemedicine visits for adults and children. The providers work closely with you to create a treatment plan to reduce your worrisome thoughts and anxious feelings. They offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications to help you manage your anxiety in the long term. Call the office in Fremont, California, to schedule an anxiety consultation or book an appointment online today.
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress or fear. When you have an anxiety disorder, you may feel anxious even when nothing is going on to warrant these feelings.
Different types of anxiety disorders can develop in children and adults, including:
Generalized anxiety disorder involves persistent feelings of anxiousness, worrying thoughts, and restlessness. You may experience these issues for several months or years, which can interfere with your quality of life and ability to keep up with your responsibilities.
A social anxiety disorder describes persistent and intense fear of being judged by others. This condition may make it difficult for you to be in social situations or go to work. When around other people, your heart may pound, your hands may shake, and you may sweat excessively.
A panic disorder can cause unexpected and sudden feelings of fear and a loss of control (panic attack). The attack can be so intense that you become hyper-focused on when the next attack will happen and avoid places and situations to prevent additional panic attacks.
A phobia is an intense fear of situations or objects. You may experience an irrational or excessive worry about the object or situation and avoid them at all costs.
You should schedule a diagnostic screening at Ocean Psychiatry for anxiety if repetitive, negative thoughts interfere with your ability to meet your responsibilities or affect your relationships.
The providers also recommend scheduling a consultation if you have thoughts or intentions of self-harm or suicide because of your anxiety symptoms.
Comprehensive screening services are available in-office and through telemedicine visits for anxiety. The providers spend time understanding your lifestyle, home environment, and the severity of your symptoms to create a treatment plan to restore your quality of life.
Managing an anxiety disorder typically involves a combination of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and medications.
CBT involves talking about stressors in your life and identifying negative thought patterns that you practice. The physicians teach you specific skills to reduce your anxiety levels, so you can keep your symptoms under control.
If CBT isn’t enough to relieve your anxiety, you may need medications. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications change chemicals in your brain to reduce your anxiety symptoms. The providers can monitor your use of medications to find the right type and dosage for your needs.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for anxiety, call Ocean Psychiatry or book an appointment online today.