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Anxiety Q&A

How do I know if I should seek help for my anxiety?

When anxiety becomes chronic and pervasive, it interferes with the normal ability to function at places like school and work. You might also find it hard to interact with others and become increasingly withdrawn.

Not everyone experiences anxiety in the same ways, but it can show up as:

  • Persistent bouts of nervousness and worry
  • Sense of doom or danger
  • Problems focusing and concentrating
  • Panic attacks, which may include feelings of lightheadedness, increased heart rate, and shallow or rapid breathing

General nervousness and fear characterize your days. When anxiety interferes with your ability to function, causes you to overreact when your emotions are triggered, or you can’t seem to control your responses, it’s time to seek help. 

Anxiety doesn’t have to be present all the time. It may only show up as social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, or other phobias. But, if it generally interferes with your quality of life, seek assistance.

Is anxiety linked with other health issues?

Chronic anxiety can increase your risk for angina, heart attack, chronic pain syndromes, chronic headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, respiratory issues, and immune system problems.

Anxiety can also interfere with your ability to do simple daily tasks. You may suffer negative effects when it comes to relationships with family and friends. 

How do you treat anxiety?

Strategies used to treat anxiety include counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medications. The team at Integrative Wellness Center identifies any social, physical, and environmental factors contributing to your anxiety disorder and helps you learn to manage them.

Therapy helps you identify the negative thoughts associated with anxiety, nervousness, and panic responses. Patients learn to control those thoughts and replace them with more positive thoughts and reactions, so reframing your thinking becomes natural over time.

The doctors prescribe medications sparingly and ensure you get just the right type and dosage. Medication therapy does not replace other important behavioral interventions. 

When anxiety is disrupting your quality of life and interfering with your day-to-day ability to function, contact Integrative Wellness Center to set up an appointment. Call the office or use this website to request an appointment online today.