Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders disrupt the lives of about 40 million Americans every year, many of whom are children and teens. Spencer Simon, PA-C, and the team at Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services provide holistic, evidence-based treatments for anxiety at their locations in Burlington and Greensboro, North Carolina. For effective treatment of anxiety disorders, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorders are serious medical conditions that cause debilitating physical and emotional symptoms, including rapid breathing (hyperventilation), gastrointestinal problems, and feelings of impending doom.

These disorders are the most common and pervasive mental health conditions in the United States.

What are the different types of anxiety disorders?

The team at Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services treats various types of anxiety disorders, including:

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involves excessive and long-lasting worry about circumstances that don’t pose a threat. You may feel extremely nervous about everyday activities and anticipate unlikely disasters.

Panic disorder

Panic disorder causes sudden, recurrent periods of intense fear (panic attacks). Panic attacks can come on unexpectedly, or certain events or objects may trigger them.

Social anxiety disorder

This type of anxiety disorder involves an intense fear of social or performance situations. Social anxiety disorder can make it difficult to go to work or school.

Specific phobias

This disorder causes major anxiety, or even panic attacks, when you’re around a specific situation or object. Common examples of specific phobias include fears of flying, blood, or heights.

How do I know if I have an anxiety disorder?

Occasional, short-lived anxiety is a normal part of life, but overwhelming and persistent feelings of fear and worry that seem impossible to control are not. When anxiety hinders your daily life, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder you have, but may include:

  • Pounding or accelerated heartbeat
  • Sweating, shaking, or trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of impending danger
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Restlessness or edginess

When you have an anxiety disorder, feelings of worry or fear are difficult to control and exceed any possible danger.

How is anxiety treated?

The caring team at Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services takes a holistic approach to treating anxiety. They spend time discussing your specific symptoms and concerns and develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Depending on your condition, anxiety treatment may include medication management, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.

The team at Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services specializes in various psychotherapy methods that effectively treat anxiety, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based therapy.

If medication and therapy fail to resolve your anxiety symptoms, the team at Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services may recommend cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), an innovative treatment that delivers small electrical pulses through your scalp. A similar option is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which uses pulsed magnetic energy.

To find relief from crippling anxiety, call Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services or book an appointment online today.

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