As many as 40 million adults in the United States suffer from the impacts of anxiety and many more may be suffering silently. If you struggle with irrational fears or persistent worry, Bryan Weinstein, DO, can help. At Summit Psychiatric Services in Livonia, Michigan, Dr. Weinstein offers comprehensive care plans to identify anxiety triggers and helps resolve your symptoms. You can expect personalized attention and a variety of treatment options to get back in control of your anxiety. Schedule an evaluation today, online or by phone, to learn more about treatments for anxiety.
Anxiety Q & A
What is anxiety?
Your body has a natural fight-or-flight response system that helps keep you safe. But when you constantly live in fight-or-flight mode, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety causes persistent feelings of worry and fear, even when there are no apparent dangers. You may avoid places, people, or things to prevent these feelings from taking over.
In addition to general feelings of worry, known as generalized anxiety disorder, you can develop specific fears that trigger worries and anxious thoughts. As a result, you may receive a specialized diagnosis of conditions like:
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety
- Separation anxiety
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
It’s important to seek a diagnosis and treatment when your anxiety symptoms interfere with your daily routines. With proper treatment, you can calm your anxious feelings and restore good mental health.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
In addition to persistent worry or fear, anxiety can cause a variety of symptoms that affect your physical, mental, and behavioral health. These symptoms may include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Digestive problems
- Difficulties concentrating
For some with intense feelings of anxiety or fear, you may be prone to panic attacks that make you feel a sense of danger or doom.
Anxiety often goes hand-in-hand with depression as many people with anxiety also struggle with episodes of both.
What causes anxiety?
There are a number of factors that can cause anxiety, including traumatic events. You may also develop anxiety as a side effect of an underlying medical condition, such as:
- Heart disease
- Thyroid disorder
- Other mental health issues
For people that stop use or abuse of drugs or alcohol, anxiety may be a part of the withdrawal process.
What treatments are available for anxiety?
Dr. Weinstein determines if your symptoms relate to anxiety by reviewing your medical history, your family history, and the severity of your symptoms.
For many, consistent use of antidepressant medications can alleviate chronic worry and depressive symptoms that relate to anxiety. There are also fast-acting medications available that can address severe anxiety symptoms, including panic.
Medication therapy alone may not be enough to provide long-term relief of anxiety issues. Dr. Weinstein may recommend talk therapy sessions to better identify your anxiety triggers and help you cope with your anxious thoughts and fears.
Dr. Weinstein may also recommend alternative therapies, such as meditation and yoga, to relax your body and mind.
Schedule a consultation today by calling the office at 248-471-7171.