You’re probably not surprised to hear that anxiety is the most common mental health disorder, affecting nearly one-third of adults. Anxiety is such a familiar part of daily life that many people don’t realize it can become disabling without treatment, but treatment is within reach. Peter Pham, PMHNP-BC, and Diana Bush, PMHNP-BC, offer the help you need at Black Onyx in Orange and South San Francisco, California. Don’t wait to seek their help for managing anxiety. Call Black Onyx today or use online booking to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment.
Anxiety is the natural feeling of fear or worry that everyone experiences when they anticipate a stressful, difficult, or dangerous situation. Your anxiety immediately triggers a physical response, making stress hormones rise and boosting your focus and energy. Once the situation is over, your body and emotions should return to normal.
Your natural anxiety becomes a problem when it:
It’s time to connect with the providers at Black Onyx and get help for anxiety if you deal with any of the challenges in this list.
There are several anxiety disorders. The four most common are:
People with GAD have nearly constant anxiety over all types of daily activities, family problems, and life challenges.
Social anxiety disorder causes severe anxiety when you meet new people, go to a social event, or must perform in front of others, like when you need to give a presentation at work.
Phobias result in an intense fear of an object or activity, such as spiders or flying.
People with panic disorder have sudden, unexpected panic attacks, experiencing a wave of extreme fear even though there’s no obvious danger or any reason to feel anxious.
In addition to the symptoms caused by each anxiety disorder, you may also experience:
Panic attack symptoms often mimic a heart attack, causing dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, and sweating.
Most anxiety disorders improve with therapy and medication. Your provider may prescribe anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants. Antidepressants calm anxiety even if you don’t need medication for depression.
Several types of therapy are also effective for overcoming anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for example, teaches you to identify and change the thoughts and emotions that cause your anxiety.
Call Black Onyx today or request an appointment online to discuss your anxiety and learn how treatment can help you overcome the dread.