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Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety is the subjective experience of worry, fear, nervousness, and apprehension, often about things that we cannot control. Although anxiety is a normal human emotion that we all feel from time to time, there are instances where anxiety can begin to take a life of its own and become a debilitating force in one’s life and relationships.

 

Many emotional disorders are anxiety related, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and the various Phobias. The prevalence of anxiety is high, with anxiety disorders affecting over 40 million adults in the US each year. Anxiety is often associated with medically unexplained medical symptoms/pain, such as migraines, fibromyalgia, chest pains, tension headaches, asthma, and gastrointestinal upset. 

Common Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Excessive worry or apprehension that interferes with your life

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge

  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank

  • Irritability

  • Muscle tension

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless sleep.

  • Panic attacks

  • Fearful of certain situations or places (flying, heights, elevators, etc.)

 

Depression Treatment

Although everyone has times of feeling sad, blue, or down, for many, these feelings usually pass and do not interfere with one’s ability to work and function in life. For those suffering from depression, these feelings can be debilitating and interfere with one’s daily functioning.

 

Common symptoms of depression:

  • Feeling sad or empty

  • feelings of hopelessness

  • Loss of motivation or interest in almost all activities, most of the day

  • Fatigue or loss of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt

  • Trouble thinking or concentrating

  • Trouble sleeping or excessive sleep

  • Overeating or appetite loss

  • Thoughts of suicide

 

Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Somatization, or the conversion of emotional problems into physical symptoms, is a well-documented phenomena that accounts for a large proportion of office visits to physicians, primary care doctors, specialists, and emergency room visits. These disorders are often referred to as “unexplained medical symptoms”, “psychosomatic disorders”, or “somataform disorders.” Regardless of the name, the financial and emotional costs of these disorders are high. These disorders often go undiagnosed for years, resulting in a burden on the system and the patient alike due to unnecessary treatments, testing, hospitalizations, disability, and “revolving door” failed treatments.

 

Characteristics of the disorder

 

These disorders can be broadly classified into either pain or non-pain related symptoms.  Pain-related symptoms would include:

  • lower back pains

  • chest pains

  • headaches 

  • joint pains

  • body aches, and

  • stomach/reflux issues.