Anxiety

anxiety

Everyone feels anxious sometimes. But people with clinical anxiety feel it stronger and more often.

Anxiety is an umbrella term that really encompasses a variety of conditions that cause distress and keep you from carrying on with your normal life. It is sometimes a problematic and troubling emotion which interferes with not only activities but also relationships. For some people, their experience of worry and anxiousness is not temporary but an almost daily struggle. This type of chronic anxiousness can be overwhelming, to the point of complete immobilization.

Areas of life that may be impacted include:

  • Personal relationships with friends and loved ones
  • Job or school performance
  • Participation in social events or activities you used to enjoy

Dr. Davis has many years’ experience treating anxiety and chronic worry and is skilled at finding the right pharmacological approach personalized to the severity of a patient’s symptoms.

At our practice, we’ve seen patients with various forms of anxiety, such as:

  • Panic attacks – feeling fear that pops up at random times, often accompanied by sweating palms, racing heartbeat or even chest pain
  • Social phobias – overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations to the point of fixation on being judged by others, embarrassed or made fun
  • Specific phobias – intense fear of a specific object or situation that goes beyond what is appropriate and results in avoidance behaviors
  • Generalized anxiety – feeling of excessive, unrealistic worry with little to no reason to feel that way

Our approach is to discuss your concerns in order to determine the most effective medications to recommend for achieving treatment goals. If beneficial, we may recommend genetic testing to help personalize the pharmacological approach – especially if the patient has already tried many medications without success.

Finally, we can recommend counseling and behavioral cognitive therapy, which often works well when combined with medications.

Symptoms of anxiety you may not recognize:

It’s easier to notice the more obvious symptoms, such as excessive worrying – but there are other signs you may be experiencing anxiety. Many of these are easily written off as “nothing” but could actually be pointing to an anxiety condition. Some of them include: increased heart rate, rapid breathing, trouble sleeping, feeling weak or tired, stomach problems and even sweating. You may have one or more of these along with worry, panic or nervousness.