Anxiety

Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It’s normal to feel anxious before a job interview or when you’re meeting your future in-laws. But when your anxiety becomes crippling, preventing you from enjoying life, it’s time to seek treatment. The psychiatric team at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY offers a variety of effective solutions for treating anxiety disorders, as well as recommendations for preventing anxiety attacks. Don’t let the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety interfere with your activities and behaviors when solutions are so close at hand. Call today for a consultation.

Anxiety is an emotion. It’s tense and involves excessive worry. It’s usually accompanied by physical changes too, including dizziness, increased blood pressure, sweating and a racing heart rate. These symptoms are considered to be an anxiety disorder when those intense feelings are persistent enough to interfere with your daily activities. You may end up avoiding certain activities and situations because you worry about how you’ll react.

But you don’t have to live with constant anxiety. Prevent the consequences you suffer when you let your anxiety disorder go untreated. Instead, give yourself a more fulfilling life, free of constant fear. With the guidance, support and treatment from your psychiatrist at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY, you’ll enjoy freedom from the distractions of your anxious responses.

Subduing Your Natural Responses



The fight, flight or freeze responses are hard-wired into the human body to ensure the preservation of the species. These responses are the physical reactions your body undergoes when faced with imminent danger. They activate when you come face-to-face with a bear or a mugger. They prepare your body to defend yourself.

Unfortunately, most perceived dangers still trigger that flight-or fight reaction, even when you’re not in mortal danger. Stress over an overdue bill or expectations on your job may lead to those same physical responses. When your natural human reactions lead to physical problems like hypertension and GERD, or other mental illnesses such as depression or borderline personality disorder, it’s time to talk to a professional.

Preventing Anxiety and Its Symptoms

Talk first to your primary care physician at Medex about your anxiety. Your doctor then rules out medical issues causing your symptoms, such as:

  • Substance abuse
  • Certain medications
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Problems with your thyroid glands

Once medical issues are ruled out, treatment begins with teaching you coping techniques to prevent anxiety attacks from disrupting your life. Your psychiatrist may recommend:

  • Managing stress through meditation, yoga or nature walks
  • Adding aerobic exercise to your health regimen
  • Joining a support group
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol

Treatment for Anxiety in Queens

Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, coupled with the proper medication, is the most effective treatment for many different kinds of anxiety disorders. Cognitive behavior therapy is individualized to meet your specific needs. The process teaches you how to think and behave differently. Talking about your triggers allows you and your therapist to come up with tangible coping strategies.

While medication won’t cure your anxiety disorder, it makes it easier to manage the symptoms. Your Medex psychiatrist works with you to find the type and dosage that helps you the most. The most common types of medications used to treat anxiety include:

  • Anti-depressants
  • Anti-anxiety drugs, such as benzodiazepine
  • Beta-blockers

Types of Anxiety Disorders

You must be open and honest with your psychiatrist about your symptoms and your lifestyle. Your honesty nails down the specific type of anxiety disorder that’s causing you to experience the negative consequences affecting your life. Symptoms vary, and they affect every aspect of your recovery. Generalized anxiety is considered to be a disorder when your extreme reactions:

  • Are uncontrollable
  • Interrupt your sleep
  • Cause you to have difficulty concentrating
  • Interfere with your day-to-day activities
  • Result in irritability and feeling like you’re on edge most of the time
  • Occur even during routine activities
  • Combine with depression

Other types of anxiety disorders include:

• Panic disorder. This condition causes panic attacks that come on quickly and include feelings of terror and impending doom. You may experience shortness of breath, heat palpitations and chest pain.

• Phobias. These fears revolve around specific objects or situations. And they aren’t always reasonable fears. Phobias can bring on panic attacks when you don’t face them in therapy.

• Social anxiety disorder. This disorder involves an intense fear of social situations. It causes you to avoid socializing because you’re too self-conscious, fear being judged or becoming embarrassed.

• Separation anxiety. This is a disorder that affects children who are afraid when parents or parental figures leave them.

• Agoraphobia. This condition leads to panic and feelings of being trapped and helpless. Untreated, this can lead to total isolation in your home.

If these or any other patterns of thinking are keeping you from successfully interacting at your job, in relationships or in school, contact the compassionate team of psychiatrists and other specialists at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY to find out how to manage your feelings and lead a full, productive life.

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