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When should you seek help for anxiety?

Anxiety triggers your body’s fight-or-flight response, which allows you to stay alert and face challenges or escape if you need to protect yourself. Normal anxiety subsides as soon as the perceived threat is over, whether that threat was nervousness over a first date or a situation in which you faced physical harm.

When ongoing anxiety affects your ability to work and socialize or interferes with any aspect of your life, it's no longer normal daily anxiety. In cases like this, when your anxiety persists without a triggering event and becomes an overwhelming fear, Alpine Psychiatry can help you find relief.

What are the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder?

Generalized anxiety disorder is defined as having excessive anxiety and worry for at least six months. During that time, you may feel apprehensive as you struggle to control your anxiety. 

You’ll also have symptoms such as:

  • Restlessness, feeling on edge, or tense
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or having your mind go blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbance

Anxiety can also cause a range of physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach or frequently needing to use the bathroom.

You may experience unpredictable panic attacks, sudden, overwhelming anxieties, or fears when no real danger exists. Many patients describe panic attacks as feeling like they're dying because of symptoms such as shortness of breath, a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, a tight feeling in their chest, and hyperventilation.

How is anxiety treated?

Licensed physicians at Alpine Psychiatry primarily treat anxiety with medication to alleviate the intense symptoms affecting your ability to function and get through daily life. Many different medications effectively treat anxiety symptoms.

Each class of medication is used conservatively, except in extenuating circumstances, for anxiety —  benzodiazepines, antidepressants, beta-blockers, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants — includes several approved drugs. You can count on Alpine Psychiatry's extensive experience to accurately diagnose your anxiety and choose the best medication.

Your treatment may also include breathing techniques, meditation, exercise, and supplements (in the case which research backs it).

After you gain symptom relief from medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an additional recommended treatment that helps many patients change their thinking patterns to diminish anxiety. Different techniques used during CBT are also effective for phobias and OCD.

If you experience any type of anxiety or OCD, call Alpine Psychiatry in KOP or request an appointment online.