Anxiety: What You Need to Know
Anxiety disorders affect over 40 million American adults, which makes it the most common mental illness in the U.S. Anxiety can be caused by a complex set of factors that are difficult to identify or control without professional help. Anxiety can cause emotional distress, disrupt regular daily activities, and put a strain on personal relationships. Anxiety is very treatable, but only about 37% of people suffering from anxiety receive treatment.
It’s normal for people to get nervous about new experiences, meeting new people, or when we occasionally get pushed outside of our “comfort zone.” However, anxiety disorders are much more severe and shouldn’t be dismissed. Although others might not understand, the feelings that can come from an anxiety disorder are often distressing and very real to you. If feelings of anxiety seem to get in the way of your normal daily routines or you notice substantial shifts in your mood, it may be time to seek treatment. Some of the symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Nervousness, restlessness, or being tense
- Rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, or hyperventilation
- Trouble thinking about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
- Increased/heavy sweating, trembling, or muscle twitching
- Turning to drugs, alcohol, or habits like smoking to calm feelings of anxiety
- Avoidance of things that trigger your anxiety
These are just some of the signs of anxiety. There are several different types of anxiety that can come with more unique symptoms. If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, it may be a good idea to work with a therapist to find solutions.
What can I do?
Most anxiety disorders can be treated through psychotherapy (talk therapy), medication management, or a combination of these two treatments. At Meridian Advanced Psychiatry, we specialize in treatments focused on medications, but also provide talk therapy when appropriate. We may refer you to one of our community partners if more intensive talk therapy is required or desired. We can also review the evidence surrounding alternative and complementary treatment options such as herbal supplements. Your first step is to contact our office for new patient evaluation. Our providers will not attempt to sell you on or force you to any specific treatment. Think of your first appointment as an education about your diagnosis as well as the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatment options!
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