What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of fear or distress about a real or perceived threat. Everyone experiences occasional anxiety.
A person’s brain contains a built-in response to danger called the fight-or-flight mechanism. This response can save your life when faced with a threatening situation, like a fire, but intense and uncontrollable worry about everyday activities can negatively affect your health and well-being.
The providers at Dr. Messina & Associates treat all types of anxiety disorders, including:
If anxiety affects performance at school or work or interferes with relationships, Dr. Messina & Associates can help.
How do I know if I have anxiety?
Signs and symptoms of anxiety vary in type and severity, but may include:
- Feeling nervous or fearful
- Difficulty controlling fear or worry
- Sense of impending doom
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Difficulty concentrating
You may also go out of your way to avoid situations or events that trigger anxiety, like flying on an airplane or speaking in public.
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety is a complex condition with many possible causes. Common causes of anxiety include:
- Biological factors like brain chemistry
- Environmental factors like living with anxious people
- Illnesses such as diabetes
- Medications or drugs such as amphetamines
- Normal life events like public speaking or running late
- Traumatic or significant events like divorce or losing a job
- Irrational beliefs or faulty thinking
Avoiding places, people, or situations that trigger anxiety can also worsen your anxiety symptoms.
How is anxiety treated?
Common treatments for anxiety include medications and psychotherapy. Many people benefit from a combination of both. You can discuss medication options with psychiatrists at Dr. Messina & Associates, or a primary care physician.
Providers at Dr. Messina & Associates use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help children, adolescents, and adults manage their anxiety.
CBT is a research-based approach that focuses on changing unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. When you learn to change your thoughts, the result is an improvement in mood and daily functioning.
To learn how you or your child can control anxiety and lead a happy, meaningful life, call the office of Dr. Messina & Associates or book an appointment online today.
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