Is there treatment available for anxiety disorders? Does it work? At Lyon Primary Care in Midtown, New York, New York, we know you don’t have to live with the effects of often debilitating but very treatable anxiety. Family medicine specialist Valerie Lyon, MD, can create a care plan designed to help restore your emotional wellbeing and relieve your anxiety. Call our office or schedule online today to make an appointment.
It’s “normal” to experience anxiety at times. Changes at work, an unexpected argument with a friend, or a family member’s illness can cause worry and anxiety about what’s going to happen next.
However, if you frequently have intense, excessive, persistent worry or fear about everyday situations, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Sometimes, anxiety disorders include sudden episodes of terror that can make you feel as if you’re dying. These are panic attacks.
Ongoing anxiety can cause:
Anxiety can also affect your appetite and disrupt your sleep patterns.
You may also experience physical symptoms, including:
It’s often not clear if depression leads to anxiety or if anxiety comes before depression, but many individuals diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also develop depression.
Anxiety disorders are most likely caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Chemical imbalances in the brain can trigger anxiety, and you’re much more likely to develop an anxiety disorder if you have a family history. PTSD is linked to a history of trauma, such as service in the military or a tragic auto accident.
Medical illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are also linked to anxiety, which may also make these conditions more difficult to manage. Certain medications can cause or worsen anxiety. A highly stressful life that keeps your adrenaline pumping is often linked to anxiety disorders as well.
The most effective treatment strategy for anxiety includes a combination of therapies. We may recommend:
Schedule a visit online or over the phone today at Lyon Primary Care to discuss effective treatment for anxiety.