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Anxiety

Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC

Psychiatrists & Mental Health Providers located in Warner Robins, GA

Feeling anxious occasionally is normal. However, patients suffering from an anxiety disorder experience extreme and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. If you suffer from anxiety, William Scott, MD, and the team at Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC can help. They offer personalized treatments to help you feel at ease and relaxed. To learn more, call the office in Warner Robins, Georgia, or use the online scheduling tool.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety disorders often involve recurring episodes of sudden feelings of severe fear or terror that peak within minutes. These events are called panic attacks. 

These feelings of panic and anxiety are difficult to control, interfere with daily tasks, and are out of proportion to the actual danger. Unfortunately, panic attacks can last a long time. To prevent these feelings, you might avoid certain situations or places.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Symptoms of anxiety can start in early childhood and continue into adulthood. These include:

  • Restlessness or nervousness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feelings of danger or rising panic
  • An elevated heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating and breathing rapidly
  • Gastrointestinal problems

You may also find yourself going out of your way to avoid things that trigger anxiety.

What are the common types of anxiety?

Numerous kinds of anxiety disorders exist. 

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

GAD involves persistent and extreme anxiety and worry about events or activities. Generalized anxiety disorder often occurs simultaneously with other anxiety disorders or depression. Anxiety disorder due to a medical condition includes symptoms of extreme panic or anxiety that are directly caused by a physical health problem. 

Separation anxiety 

It is a childhood disorder characterized by anxiety that’s extreme for a child’s developmental level and related to separation from parents or others who have parental roles. 

Social anxiety disorder 

Social anxiety disorder involves high levels of fear, anxiety, and avoidance of social situations. Sufferers of social anxiety disorder experience feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness, and worry about being viewed or judged negatively by others. 

Substance-induced anxiety disorder

Substance-induced anxiety disorder results from abusing drugs, taking medications, or exposure to a toxic substance.

How is anxiety treated?

At Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC, the team treats anxiety disorders with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. 

With psychotherapy or talk therapy, your provider tailors it according to your specific anxieties and needs. Your Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC provider may prescribe medication to relieve symptoms of anxiety. Most often, they recommend anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, or beta-blockers.

There are many ways to treat anxiety, and the team works with you to determine the best treatment for your symptoms. 

If you’re suffering from crippling anxiety, contact Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC today. You can call the office or book an appointment online.