Experiencing anxiety is normal for everyone. However, persistent and prolonged periods of anxiety can negatively impact our mental health. Anxiety can affect us both psychologically and physically. If you are struggling with anxiety, Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry provides custom-tailored anxiety treatment in Atlanta.
Anxiety is characterized by dread, tension, fear, worried thoughts, uneasiness, and physical changes like increased blood pressure. In addition, some people with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. As a result, they often attempt to avoid certain situations.
Anxiety disorder signs and symptoms vary based on the type of anxiety a person has been diagnosed with and the severity of their condition. In general, most people with some form of anxiety disorder can exhibit the following:
There can be several underlying causes of anxiety disorders that may or may not be connected based on the type of anxiety a person is experiencing. In general, anxiety could be caused by one or more of the following:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is excessive worry and tension. Someone with GAD has difficulty controlling their worries and is often plagued by irrational fears.
Panic disorder is unexpected and recurrent panic attacks, with sudden periods of intense fear accompanied by symptoms such as sweating, racing heart rate, trembling, or shaking. Panic attacks can last minutes to hours and often lead to feelings of being out of control. People with panic disorder may also experience anticipatory anxiety – the fear of future panic attacks.
Agoraphobia is a fear of being in places or situations where one may feel trapped, helpless, or embarrassed. Common agoraphobic experiences include fear of leaving the house, open spaces, and crowds. In addition, people with agoraphobia often avoid certain activities or places out of fear that they will experience a panic attack or other embarrassing symptoms.
Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is an intense fear of social situations. Those with social anxiety disorder often experience feelings of extreme self-consciousness and fear of being judged or embarrassed in public. Common symptoms include blushing, sweating, trembling or shaking, and difficulty speaking.
Specific phobias are an intense and irrational fear of specific objects or situations, such as heights, spiders, or flying. People with specific phobias experience extreme fear when confronted with the object or situation of their fear. Additionally, people may go to great lengths to avoid the objects or situations that trigger their anxiety.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after exposure to a traumatic event. Common symptoms include flashbacks or nightmares, intense distress when exposed to things that remind the person of their trauma, and avoidance of activities or situations that may trigger memories related to the trauma.
Anxiety treatment in Atlanta typically involves a combination of therapies, medication management, and lifestyle changes. Treatment is tailored to each individual’s needs and could include one or more of the following:
During a patient’s initial consultation, a psychiatric evaluation is performed to assess the patient’s needs. This helps the psychiatrist develop an appropriate treatment plan that best benefits the patient and the type of anxiety being treated.
Outpatient anxiety treatment in Atlanta offers flexibility and convenience, allowing individuals to maintain their daily activities while attending therapy sessions or appointments with a psychiatrist. It also allows patients to receive treatment in a safe, supportive, and caring environment while also still receiving support from family and friends, which can be beneficial when navigating difficult emotions related to anxiety disorders.
When you have been living with persistent anxiety, Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry can provide the help you need for a better future. Our psychiatrists and mental health professionals work with you to develop an effective treatment plan so you can start living your life to the fullest. For further information or to schedule an initial consultation, contact us today.
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