Learn about Anxiety Disorders
There are five major types of anxiety disorders that we treat at Novum Psychiatry:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, and everyone gets anxious from time to time. Anxiety can be beneficial in some situations – stress helps you deal with challenges, high-pressure situations such as athletics or important meetings, and even as a built-in warning system (the fight-or-flight stress response, for example).
However, when anxiety becomes hard to control and negatively affects your day-to-day life, it can be debilitating and should be treated as early as possible. Anxiety disorders are typically treated with medication, counseling, or a combination of both.
Symptoms of Anxiety
People with generalized anxiety disorder experience a combination of anxious thoughts or beliefs, physical symptoms, and changes in behavior such as avoiding everyday activities they used to do. Just like every person is different, everyone experiences anxiety differently and every anxiety disorder has different symptoms.
Common Anxiety Symptoms
- Fear and dread about things that may happen now or in the future
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart rate
- Nausea or upset stomach
- Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty controlling the worry
- Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
How Are Anxiety Disorders Diagnosed and Treated?
A Novum Psychiatry psychiatrist will ask you questions about your symptoms, medical history, and possibly perform tests to rule out other health problems that could be causing your symptoms.
Anxiety disorders are diagnosed when fear and dread of nonthreatening situations, events, places, or objects become excessive and uncontrollable. Anxiety disorders are also diagnosed if the anxiety has lasted for at least 6 months and it interferes with social, work, family, or other aspects of life.
Treatment typically includes medication, counseling, or a combination of both. Request an evaluation today with the experienced, professional Novum Psychiatry team.
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We know that taking the first step can be difficult. Whether this is your first time seeking psychiatric care or if you are seeking a new provider, Novum Psychiatry can help. Our team of psychiatrists and therapists are committed to understanding your unique experience and working closely with you on a treatment plan to maximize the quality of your life.