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Anxiety Treatment NYC

We all experience some level of anxiety in our day-to-day lives. Sweating palms or an uneasy feeling, for example, can be a normal response to a stressful situation. However, when this stress reaction occurs uncontrollably and/or is disproportionate to a given situation, it can interfere with your quality of life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults in the U.S. (or about 18% of the population). Anxiety disorders can also affect children and adolescents. Fortunately, anxiety disorders can be successfully managed with appropriate treatment and coping strategies, enabling you to lead a more balanced life.

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Types of Anxiety

Family history, brain chemistry, and environmental factors (such as a traumatic event) all can play a role in the development of an anxiety disorder. As a group, anxiety disorders represent some of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Types of anxiety disorders include: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and specific phobias. All types of anxiety disorders can have an impact on an individual’s ability to perform at work or school or maintain relationships, but some may be more debilitating than others. To get the most appropriate treatment, it is important to see a qualified mental health professional for an evaluation and diagnosis of the symptoms.

Common Symptoms of Anxiety and Associated Disorders

The symptoms can vary, depending on the specific type of anxiety disorder. Some indicators of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Excessive thoughts about staying safe or keeping loved ones safe, paranoia
  • Tendency to avoid certain people, places, or situations
  • Sleep disturbances (trouble falling or staying asleep or having sleep that is not restful)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anger and irritability
  • A lack of energy or feeling tired
  • A sense of “foreshortened future” (a feeling as though life will be cut short)
  • Panic attacks (physical responses such as heart palpitations and shortness of breath)

In it not uncommon for individuals with an anxiety disorder to also have a co-occurring disorder or physical ailment. Depression, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic pain, eating disorders and substance abuse are among the associated conditions. In cases where another illness or disorder is present, comprehensive treatment is necessary.

Seeking Treatment for Anxiety: Psychiatrist Therapy, New York

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or anxiety, it is important to seek help from an experienced professional. Our New York licensed psychiatrists, psychotherapists and nurse practitioners work together as a team to help our patients lead a normal productive healthy life. We treat adolescent patients only, over 18 years old. Call our office to schedule your confidential consultation today at (212) 249-1600.

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