Psychiatry & Neurology Specialists located in Plant City, FL, New Port Richey, FL & Inverness FL
Anxiety is a common mental health disorder that affects just over 18% of people ages 18 and older in the United States. If you experience fear or anxiousness during everyday situations, anxiety might be to blame. At Instic Health in Plant City, Inverness, Tampa, and New Port Richey, Florida, board-certified psychiatrist Pragnesh Patel, MD, and the expert team offer anxiety treatments to improve your quality of life. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Anxiety Q & A
What is anxiety?
While everyone feels anxious from time to time, chronic anxiety can negatively affect your personal life, school, or job. It might make you feel fearful or anxious in situations that don’t bother most other people. Treatment with the Instic Health team can offer you relief.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Common signs and symptoms you may experience with anxiety disorders include:
- Sweating or trembling
- Feeling nervous, tense, or restless
- An increased heart rate
- A sense of danger or doom
- Hyperventilation (rapid breathing)
- Problems concentrating
- Sleeping problems
- Constant worry
- Stomach upset
- Avoiding anxiety triggers
You might feel anxious in social situations, have specific phobias, or experience generalized anxiety disorder. Panic attacks can also occur in some people with anxiety.
What are the risk factors for anxiety?
Anyone can develop anxiety, but certain factors boost your risk of experiencing it. Examples include having a chronic disease, genetics, family history of anxiety disorders, past trauma, stress, having another mental health disorder, and drug or alcohol misuse.
Complications can include depression, social isolation, chronic pain, sleeping problems, and a poor quality of life.
How does my doctor diagnose anxiety?
To diagnose anxiety, your psychiatrist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a psychiatric assessment to determine the type and severity of anxiety you have. Doing so allows them to personalize an anxiety treatment that’s right for you.
What are the common anxiety treatments?
There are two main anxiety treatments available at Instic Health that help you better cope with your condition:
Stress reduction techniques, regular exercise, eating healthy foods, and getting plenty of sleep may minimize anxiety symptoms.
Taking medications can reduce debilitating symptoms associated with anxiety disorders, giving you a better quality of life. Your psychiatrist personalizes each medication regimen based on your needs, preferences, and lifestyle.
Your psychiatrist offers counseling (talk therapy), which often includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, to help you learn anxiety coping mechanisms. They provide exposure therapy to gradually expose you to anxiety triggers. Counseling can also reduce symptoms of depression, which often occurs with anxiety.
Don’t let anxiety take control of your life when simple treatments are available at Instic Health. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.