Anxiety disordes take on a wide array of presentatoins from simple phobias to panic disorder to selective mutism. They all share, to varying degrees, symptoms of anxiety and fear with other associated behaviors. Anxiety is defined as the anticipation of future threats and fear as the emotional and physiological response to a real or imagined imminent threat. Frequently, avoidant behaviors are seen with anxiety disorders as an attempt to mitigate the symptoms of anxiety and fear.
The anxiety disorders are differnetiated by the types of objects or situatons that induce the anxiety and fear symtpoms as well as the content of the associated thoughts or beliefs. Though everyone experiences some degree of anxiety, the anxiety disorders are diagnosed when the symptoms are to such a severity or duration as to compromise an individual's daily functioning.
Some examples of anxiety disorders include social anxiety disorder (or social phobia) where the individual is anxious about social interaction and will often avoid social situations out of the fear of being scrutinized. In panic disorder, the individual suffers from recurrent and often unexpected acute panic attacks and becomes chronically worried about having further panic attacks. Agoraphobia, which is often seen in conjunction with panic attacks, involves fear and anxiety of being in public places, confined spaces, open spaces, or being in crowds. People with agoraphobia are often concerned of becoming panicked in a place where they either cannot escape, get help, or avoid humiliation. In generalized anxiety disorder, the patient experiences anxiety and fear around multiple social and occupational domains and often has persistent physical symptoms of being on edge, muscle tension, insomnia, and poor concentration.
If you believe that you have an anxiety disorder, a provider can offer help through various means including medications and psychotherapy.
TelePsychiatry Associates, LLC practitioners are skilled in the practice of treating a wide variety of different conditions in a compassionate manner including: depression, bipolar affective disorder, substance dependency, opiate dependency including Suboxone treatment, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma related to sexual or physical abuse, and weight loss management, among others.
The types of treatments provided will depend upon your practitioner and the problems needing attention. The first one to two sessions will involve critical listening in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand. Treatments that follow could include the discriminating use of medication, empathic psychotherapy, or some combination of both. If appropriate, additional therapeutic treatments may be employed including other psychotherapists, group therapies, structured activities, assigned readings, etc.