If you’re one of the 40 million people in the United States whose life is limited by anxiety, you can find help at elevate medical. The experienced psychiatric team offers comprehensive health evaluations at their office in Manhattan, New York City, to ensure your fears and worries aren’t related to an underlying medical condition. They tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs to relieve your excessive worries and fears. To get your anxiety under control, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Anxiety is a disorder where you experience persistent feelings of worry or fear for no specific reason.
While it’s healthy to feel occasional anxiety as part of your natural fight-or-flight response to situations in your environment, prolonged worry and intrusive thoughts can indicate you have an anxiety disorder. You may experience anxieties when you’re in certain situations or environments, such as social anxiety, performance anxiety, or separation anxiety.
There are several types of anxiety disorders that can interfere with your mental and physical health:
GAD is a condition that describes excessive worry about aspects of your life, such as work, health, and the safety of your loved ones. The symptoms of GAD last for six months or longer and occur for no specific reason.
A panic disorder is a condition where you develop sudden and intense feelings of fear and panic, even when you’re safe. During a panic attack, you may feel out of control, short of breath, and unable to shake feelings of impending doom. Panic episodes can last for several minutes or hours.
A phobia is an intense fear of situations or objects. Common phobia triggers include heights, insects, needles, and flying.
Elevate medical addresses specific anxiety disorders like agoraphobia, a disorder that causes you to fear and avoid places or situations that make you feel trapped and unable to escape.
They also treat obsessive-compulsive disorders like trichotillomania, a condition where you experience an obsessive need to pull your own hair, and dermatillomania, which causes obsessive picking of the skin.
If anxiety symptoms disrupt your usual routine or make it difficult to work or engage with others, you should schedule an anxiety evaluation at elevate medical.
You should also have an evaluation for anxiety if you have unexplained symptoms that may relate to an anxiety disorder, such as:
Your provider at elevate medical first performs a full medical evaluation to determine if any underlying health issues are causing your symptoms. If your issues relate to an anxiety disorder, they create a treatment plan to help you cope with anxious feelings and prevent recurrent panic episodes.
Elevate medical offers several treatments for all types of anxiety disorders that focus on restoring balance in your mind-body-spirit connection. The team uses anxiety treatments like:
Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, allows you to talk about your feelings and emotions in a safe, judgment-free space. The therapy team helps you recognize anxiety triggers and provides you with tools to help you better manage your out-of-control feelings.
If psychotherapy isn’t enough to calm your intrusive thoughts and constant worries, your provider may add medications to your treatment. Anti-anxiety medications can treat existing symptoms and prevent recurrent episodes of panic and worry.
The providers only recommend medications if needed, and strive to avoid polypharmacy. They prioritize your safety by choosing the right medication for you and make efforts to taper you off medication when you’re in a better place. The physicians also explain the "why" behind the medication they chose for you.
Treatment for anxiety also focuses on mindful practices that you can do at home to reduce the intensity of anxious feelings. Mindful practices include yoga, breathing techniques, exercise, and other stress-reducing activities to keep you relaxed and focused.
If you struggle under the weight of anxiety, you’re not alone. Contact the office by calling or booking online today.