Anxiety

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists -  - Mental Health Clinic

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists

Mental Health Office located in Costa Mesa, Orange, Dana Point & Huntington Beach, CA

Anxiety affects as many as 40 million people in the United States, with many more remaining undiagnosed. The experienced providers at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists are skilled in diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders. At their offices in Orange, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, and Huntington Beach, California, the doctors and staff offer compassionate care, focusing on alleviating your symptoms and restoring your quality of life. Learn more about treatments available for anxiety by calling the office today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a condition that causes uncontrollable, and often overwhelming, negative thoughts, irrational fears, and worry -- even when the situation doesn’t call for it. In many cases, these thoughts and worries become severe enough to interfere with your usual routine and cause you to withdraw from social events and other activities.

There are several conditions that fall under the anxiety disorder category including:

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) causes persistent and excessive worry about health, work, family, or other issues, even when there’s no reason for concern.

Panic disorder

A panic disorder is a condition that causes sudden feelings of panic, often for no reason at all. Panic attacks can cause unexpected episodes of extreme fear or worry.

Phobia

A phobia is an extreme and irrational fear of something that isn’t generally considered harmful. There are a variety of things that can cause phobia-related fear such as:

  • Flying
  • Heights
  • Animals
  • Public places

This type of anxiety can trigger sudden physical symptoms, such as a rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath. You also feel an intense desire to get away from the situation or object,

How is anxiety diagnosed?

Diagnosing anxiety can be a complicated process that involves a discussion of your personal and family medical history and a review of your symptoms. In some cases, the root cause of anxiety may relate to an underlying medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder or diabetes.

You may also need to undergo an anxiety assessment, where your provider asks you specific questions about your life and relationships to confirm an anxiety diagnosis.

What treatments are available for anxiety?

Your custom treatment plan depends on the severity of your symptoms. For many with chronic anxiety, talk therapy and behavioral therapies are beneficial for helping you recognize your anxious thoughts and actions.

In some cases, medications can be used in combination with talk and behavioral therapies to alleviate the severity of your anxious thoughts and behaviors.

Throughout your treatment, your provider monitors the success of medications and therapy. In some cases, your provider may increase the dose or change the type of medications you need to take to keep your anxiety well-controlled.

Learn more about treatments available for anxiety by calling the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists office nearest you today.