ANXIETY

Certain anxieties can be a part of life.  Work, school, or important choices can cause someone to begin feeling anxious throughout the day.  People with an anxiety disorder suffer from the anxiety regularly, and it can worsen over time.  Different types of anxiety, such as panic or social anxiety disorders, can affect someone’s everyday life.  That is when help should be obtained, and treatment may be needed.

Risk Factors

Research shows that some genetic and environmental factors can affect or cause anxiety disorders. Some of these factors include:

  • Being shy, especially in childhood
  • Money trouble
  • Going through a divorce, or being widowed
  • Stressful and impactful events
  • Family members with anxiety disorders
  • Mental disorders in one or both parents

Treatments and Therapies

Dr. Martinez and Associates generally treats anxiety disorders with psychotherapy, medication, or both.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy (“talk therapy”) can help people with anxiety disorders to cope with the feelings through repeated sessions. Psychotherapy is most effective when it is directed at specific anxieties, and altered to the patients needs.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that can help treat anxiety disorders. CBT helps patients learn how to think, behave, and react to situations that cause anxiety or fear. CBT can also teach people social skills that are important for treating social anxiety disorder.

Psychiatric Medication Management

Certain medication can help lower or completely eliminate symptoms of anxiety.  Normally, prescriptions for medicine are used as early treatments, in combination with psychotherapy, or used when psychotherapy isn’t fully addressing the anxiety.  Common medications used to manage anxiety disorders are antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and beta-blockers.