Millions of Americans have anxiety disorders that interfere with their day-to-day lives and overall wellness. Thomas C. Apostle, DO, diagnoses and treats anxiety disorders at his practice in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Westlake Village, California. You don’t have to live with distressing anxiety. Call Dr. Apostle to schedule a consultation today for personalized help.
Anxiety encompasses a group of mental health disorders that cause persistent and distressing worries and fears. Generalized anxiety disorder is the most prevalent type. It causes fears about day-to-day concerns like family, health, and work. Other types of anxiety disorders include:
Anxiety disorders are different from the stress that everyone experiences occasionally. Regular stress is part of your fight-or-flight response that motivates you to overcome challenges or flee danger.
An anxiety disorder, on the other hand, causes disproportionate and distressing fears that interfere with your ability to function in your day-to-day life.
Anxiety disorders cause various mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. In addition to distressing and persistent fears and worries, you might also experience:
You might also feel like you can’t control your thoughts, feelings, or worries, even if you know they’re not realistic. Some patients also go out of their way to avoid people or places that trigger their anxiety symptoms.
Anxiety often co-occurs with other mental health conditions like depression and substance use disorder.
Feeling nervous or anxious occasionally is normal. However, if your anxiety and related symptoms last for more than two weeks or interfere with your ability to function in your day-to-day life, it’s time to talk to Dr. Apostle.
When left untreated, anxiety disorders usually become more intense and disruptive. However, with treatment, your symptoms subside, and you can learn different techniques to cope with stress.
Dr. Apostle begins with a comprehensive consultation to learn about your symptoms and how they impact your life. He asks about your medical history and lifestyle. Dr. Apostle also runs some tests to check for medical conditions that could cause similar symptoms.
Then, Dr. Apostle creates a personalized treatment plan to address your needs. Most treatment plans include medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications, although the details are unique to each patient.
Medication can regulate your brain chemistry and alleviate some of your symptoms. During therapy, you can explore your anxieties and learn how to control your response to negative thoughts and feelings.
At the same time, you might benefit from adjusting your diet and adding physical activity to your daily routine. Dr. Apostle might recommend meditation, a relaxing bedtime routine, or other changes to reduce stress.
If you have anxiety symptoms that harm your life, call Dr. Apostle today for expert, customized treatment.