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- Individualized strategy depending on your specific needs
- Integrated approach towards Anxiety involving evaluation, counseling and treatment
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Our physicians, and medical staff work together with you to assure you of the best outcomes. During your initial visit our doctors will speak with you and evaluate you, and your medical history and other relevant information. With this information our physician will formulate a plan and diagnosis of your situation. Next, we will work with you to customize a treatment plan together that is specifically tailored to your needs.
Treatment options will be provided, with their benefits, and side effects discussed. This is part of our integrated approach towards a complete and effective solution. If we believe we are not able to help with your situation effectively, we have a list of experienced referral clinics and psychiatrists. Ultimately, you can rest assured that your needs will be taken care of one way or another.
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Anxiety is the result of fear. When we are afraid, our body responds by producing physiological symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pain or discomfort. These symptoms tend to produce a “fight or flight response” which causes us to take action so that we can be “safe.” Typically ones instinct is to go into a “flight” response, rather than stay and “fight” what is scaring us. Hence, we often times see individuals whose lives have become significantly limited due to avoidance of the situations that are producing the anxiety.
According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV), there are 11 forms of Anxiety Disorders. While these disorders may vary in terms of etiology, they share several similar characteristics. For instance, these disorders can cause both physiological and psychological distress. Without treatment often times symptoms will become worse, impairing one’s social, occupational, vocational, and other key areas in one’s life.
Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders
Because the anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, they can look very different from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party. Someone else may struggle with a disabling fear of driving or uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts. Still another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying about anything and everything.
But despite their different forms, all anxiety disorders share one major symptom: persistent or severe fear or worry in situations where most people wouldn’t feel threatened.
Emotional Symptoms of Anxiety
In addition to the primary symptoms of irrational and excessive fear and worry, other common emotional symptoms of anxiety include:
* Feelings of apprehension or dread
* Trouble concentrating
* Feeling tense and jumpy
* Anticipating the worst
* Watching for signs of danger
* Feeling like your mind’s gone blank
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety is more than just a feeling. As a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response, anxiety involves a wide range of physical symptoms. Because of the numerous physical symptoms, anxiety sufferers often mistake their disorder for a medical illness. They may visit many doctors and make numerous trips to the hospital before their anxiety disorder is discovered.
How Do I Know If I Have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders that occurs in adults. People with GAD often have a hard time relaxing or concentrating and may have trouble falling or staying asleep. GAD is often accompanied by restlessness, fatigue, and irritability.
The main symptom of GAD is an exaggerated state of worry that persists for many months. Worries may include concerns about health, money, or family. The sooner our healthcare professional diagnoses and treats your symptoms, the faster you may feel better.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is a blanket term used to label a variety of symptoms which include: being in a near constant state of restlessness, being easily fatigued, having difficulty concentrating, being irritable, having muscle tension, and having disturbed sleep. Importantly, those who have GAD do not have panic attacks, phobias, or OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
To be considered as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, these symptoms should have been present for sometime. This type of anxiety can vary in degrees of intensity and length.
Remember “Generalized Anxiety Disorder” is a label which helps medical professionals classify symptoms and patients. It is not necessarily helpful to you other than to understand what they mean by it. Those with GAD often find that the constant worrying interrupts their personal, professional or social lives.
According to the Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (by Edmund J Bourne) people who suffer from GAD tend to have five underlying basic fears:
* Fear of losing control
* Fear of not being able to cope
* Fear of death, disease and sickness
* Fear of failure
* Fear of rejection and abandonment
Some situations can draw out these fears and magnify them, such as pressure at work, a broken marriage, bereavement or a failure.
Remember: It is important to become completely aware of all of your own symptoms and to tackle them using your chosen method, with the help of your doctor or therapist. The chances of successful treatment are good.
There is very rarely just one reason why an anxiety disorder develops. Disorders are usually the result of a combination of factors such as stress, past experiences such as bereavement, a genetic predisposition or lifestyle. It can take some time for an anxiety disorder to develop and may present no, or very few, symptoms until the disorder has developed fully.
Stress is a factor that is implicated in the development of anxiety disorders and can prolong an existing anxiety condition, however it is usually not the only factor that causes is it. Stress weakens the defenses which would normally assist us to combat a developing anxiety condition. Treatment for stress alone is not advisable for an anxiety condition.
There is no doubt at all that you can and will be well again. Treatment is most effective when the person learns to redress the imbalance in thought processes between the conscious and subconscious mind. By doing this in a structured way and combining this with exercises to reduce the physical aspects of the condition the sufferer can gain very effective and permanent relief.
What Causes Anxiety
What causes anxiety is one of the most common questions that anxiety sufferers ask themselves. It is also not an easy question to answer. One pertinent answer is who cares? After all, what caused it is not as important as what stops it, and the cause and the cure may or may not be linked.
The basic answer to the question though is that anxiety is not caused. It just is. It is an integral part of what it means to be human, or indeed any other animal. Anxiety is part of the system which protects us from danger by making us aware and allowing us to react quickly. It is present in everybody.
Therefore, anxiety disorders are not like diseases that enter the body and cause disruption. They are merely an over reaction of one of the basic parts of the human being. People who "have anxiety" are in fact the same as everyone else but with part of their brain working overtime unnecessarily.
So the question "what causes anxiety?" should be replaced by "what causes unnecessary anxiety?".
Unnecessary anxiety may be caused by several things. Most people believe that anxiety is learnt, caused by unresolved trauma, or genetic.
As I said earlier, the cause is not necessarily important and looking for it can be an expensive waste of time. But let me say a few words on each of the above three possible causes. In truth, most people’s unnecessary anxiety is not likely to be caused by one individual thing, more likely it will be caused by a combination of the above.
Anxiety responses can be learnt. If as a child you often felt car sick but were travelling with unsympathetic people then cars may well come to have a very negative association that appears as anxiety. There may well be a genetic factor here, as some people may be genetically programmed to learn faster. This can be seen as a good thing in many areas of life. Some people will argue that in this case the best approach is to "unlearn" the anxiety reaction through exposure with cognitive therapy. Others will argue that the traumatic memories may need to be reprocessed. Personally I think both of the opinions are valid and the people who get the best results will do both.
Never let it be said that there is a genetic cause of unnecessary anxiety that can not be cured. This is not true. While genetics may predispose us to something they don’t make it inevitable. If you are genetically prone to feeling a lot of anxiety, you can learn to react to these anxious feelings in a different way. Ultimately the anxiety itself is harmless, and the less you react to it the less you will feel it.
*Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Click here to read our medical disclaimer.*