Anxiety can sometimes become so intense and prolonged that it prevents you from leading a normal life. If you're suffering from persistent anxiety or panic attacks, the team at IC Health Services Inc. in Maryland can help. The experienced team provides expert treatment for anxiety disorders at their locations in Pikesville and Frederick. Call the office nearest you to schedule an in-person or telehealth consultation or book an appointment online today.
Anxiety is one of many normal human emotions and something everyone feels at times. However, some people find their anxiety becomes a permanent state of mind in which everything is overwhelmingly stressful. Anxiety is then a disabling mental health disorder.
This condition is known as generalized anxiety disorder. There are several other types of anxiety disorders, including:
Conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) share similarities with anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders cause you to feel continuously worried, scared, and stressed. You might dread each day and try to avoid any sources of stress, which can lead to social isolation and affect your ability to work.
You might also have symptoms such as:
Anxiety disorders can reach a stage at which you start having panic attacks. These may strike at any time, immobilizing you with fear and causing physical symptoms like palpitations, sweating, trembling, and trouble drawing breath. You may also get chest pain that can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack.
Your provider tailors your treatment according to the severity of your symptoms, the type of anxiety you have, and factors like your medical history, lifestyle, environment, and home life.
She uses psychotherapy to address the underlying cause of your anxiety and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you overcome specific concerns. CBT teaches you to identify negative thought processes, challenge these thoughts, and adapt them into more realistic ones.
Other approaches include exposure therapy, in which you learn to confront your fears and break their hold over you. It's also important to look at aspects of your life that could be making it harder for you to cope with your worries, such as an unhealthy diet and not getting enough exercise.
Learning relaxation techniques and good sleep habits can also be invaluable in treating anxiety disorders.
Medication can be helpful for many patients, particularly those with moderate-to-severe anxiety who are experiencing panic attacks. Anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants work by adjusting your brain chemistry, lowering the quantities of chemical messengers that trigger your response to anxiety.
If your anxiety is affecting the way you live your life, get expert support and treatment by calling IC Health Services Inc. today or book an appointment online.