Anxiety Disorder Treatment & Psychotherapy
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is characterized by a worry or fear about everyday situations. While it is common to experience minor or occasional anxiety, when anxiety is intense and persistent, it may indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder. People who suffer from anxiety disorders may experience repeated episodes of excessive fear, known as panic attacks.
The Psychiatry Group is currently treating patients with anxiety in Washington state and will soon be providing treatment for patients in other States in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re a patient looking for a psychiatrist or a healthcare organization looking for integrated telepsychiatry services, we can help. Reach out today.
What are the different types of anxiety disorders?
The most common types of anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Social anxiety disorder
What causes anxiety?
While the exact causes of anxiety are not fully understood, there are a number of factors that may contribute to the development of anxiety disorders. Some conditions and factors that may be linked to anxiety include:
- Certain medical problems, such as:
- Heart disease
- Thyroid problems
- Chronic pain
- Respiratory disorders
- Drug abuse or withdrawal
- Alcohol abuse or withdrawal
- Medication withdrawal or side effects
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders may include:
- Hyperventilation (breathing quickly)
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Avoiding things that trigger worry
- Panic attacks
When should I seek treatment for anxiety with a psychiatrist?
If you are experiencing any symptoms indicative of an anxiety disorder, it is important to make an appointment with a doctor or psychiatrist as soon as possible. If left untreated, an anxiety disorder can lead to further complications, such as headaches, social isolation, substance abuse (such as alcohol abuse or abuse of prescription medications) and overall poor quality of life. If you think you may be suffering from anxiety, The Psychiatry Group can help.
It is important to see a psychiatrist if:
- You are worrying so much that it has affected your work performance or relationships
- You have other mental health concerns such as depression along with your anxiety
- You have turned to alcohol or prescription medications to cope with your worries
How is anxiety diagnosed?
The Psychiatry Group offers psychiatric consultations via telemedicine appointments. Our psychiatric evaluations involve discussing your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors to understand the exact anxiety disorder you may be suffering from. We also check for related conditions, such as depression or substance abuse, which may occur simultaneously.
Additionally, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, which covers a range of symptoms that have been statistically related to certain psychological disorders, may also be utilized. Cross-referencing this manual helps psychiatrists to pinpoint the exact anxiety disorder a patient may be suffering from.
What does anxiety treatment involve?
Anxiety disorder treatment usually consists of either psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. At The Psychiatry Group, patients can access treatment for anxiety that includes:
Psychotherapy for Anxiety
Psychotherapy for anxiety is used for anxiety disorders in order to limit the symptoms of anxiety. One form of psychotherapy is known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which involves specific skills that a patient learns in order to gradually improve symptoms of anxiety. Many patients are able to return to everyday activities that used to trigger their anxiety after undergoing this form of therapy.
Medication for Anxiety
Medication for anxiety may be used alone or in addition to psychotherapy to relieve symptoms of anxiety. Commonly prescribed medications for anxiety include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and sedative prescriptions, when appropriate. Speak with a specialist to determine if medication is right for you.
We also offer continued medication management when needed, as well as follow-up care for long-term anxiety management.
If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, the first step to feeling better is scheduling a consultation with an experienced psychiatrist. The Psychiatry Group is known for providing high-quality psychiatric evaluations and anxiety treatment. Call 844-495-HELP(4357) today to schedule a consultation.
Our services are currently available to patients in Washington and soon other States in the Pacific Northwest. Reach out today.