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It’s very normal to occasionally feel anxiety: we all feel stress when things go wrong at work, when dealing with personal relationship issues, or while taking a test at school. But when anxiety becomes a regular or uncontrollable occurrence, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. At KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry, we can help you understand how anxiety is affecting you — and how, together, we can manage it.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness, dread, or fear that’s excessive for the situation, which can cause people to sweat, have a rapid heartbeat, and feel tense and restless. It’s completely normal to occasionally have anxiety, and in some situations, it is a healthy bodily reaction. But when that anxiety lasts for a long time, or recurs frequently, it can make day-to-day life difficult. Some types of anxieties are caused by “triggers”: situations, locations, people, or any number of things that lead to excessive concern, worrying, and even panic

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health concerns in the U.S., and often keep people from doing the things they want or need to: they may avoid certain places or situations to prevent negative feelings. Anxiety can develop at any age, and usually worsens over time.

Types of Anxiety

There are a variety of anxiety disorders with distinct symptoms, and it is possible to have more than one. A few of the more common types include:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Excessively worrying throughout the day, for a period of at least at least six months. People suffering from GAD can have anxiety about any number of things, including their health, social relationships, work, or changes to their routine.

Panic Disorder

Recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. Attacks can occur without reason or when triggered by certain stimuli. This can also lead to worrying about potential panic attacks, and the development of phobias such as agoraphobia.

Phobias

An intense, specific fear. Common examples are fear of heights (acrophobia), animals such as spiders (arachnophobia), confinement and tight spaces (claustrophobia), and fear of crowds, large spaces, and anywhere that’s hard to escape or get help (agoraphobia).

Even if two people have the same anxiety disorder, they occur differently for everyone, and so symptoms can vary by individual. However, there are several common signals of anxiety:

  • Visible nervousness, restlessness, or tenseness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • A sense of impending panic or dread
  • Trembling
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Problems sleeping
  • Stomach or gastrointestinal issues
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Environmental factors and genetics both contribute to the development of an anxiety disorder, though risk factors vary for each type of disorder. General risk factors for anxiety disorders often include:

  • Stressful and traumatic events, particularly in early childhood or adulthood
  • Shyness, lack of confidence, or low self-esteem in childhood
  • A family history of anxiety or other mental health disorders
  • Some medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, can also be linked to anxiety
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Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

Even if two people have the same anxiety disorder, they occur differently for everyone, and so symptoms can vary by individual. However, there are several common signals of anxiety:

  • Visible nervousness, restlessness, or tenseness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • A sense of impending panic or dread
  • Trembling
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Problems sleeping
  • Stomach or gastrointestinal issues

Causes & Risk Factors of Anxiety

Environmental factors and genetics both contribute to the development of an anxiety disorder, though risk factors vary for each type of disorder. General risk factors for anxiety disorders often include:

  • Stressful and traumatic events, particularly in early childhood or adulthood
  • Shyness, lack of confidence, or low self-esteem in childhood
  • A family history of anxiety or other mental health disorders
  • Some medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, can also be linked to anxiety

Long-Term Effects of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can dictate people’s decisions and interrupt their lives — and often prevents the person suffering from acting in their own self-interest.

Developing and maintaining personal relationships is more difficult, especially with social anxiety. It’s often difficult for those with anxiety to stay focused on work, handle workplace challenges, or push forward in their field. Ironically, uncontrollable worrying about potential problems creates many present problems, and holds someone with anxiety back in ways both small and large.

Anxiety can have detrimental effects on overall health, as well. In some cases, anxiety disorders can make symptoms of certain medical conditions worse, or even directly lead to stress-related health issues such as heart disease. Chronic anxiety disorders can increase the risk of other mental health disorders, such as depression and dementia. And unfortunately, it’s common for people to self-medicate, and develop substance abuse disorders as a result.

Anxiety Counseling with KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry

KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry’s certified medical team and licensed counselors are skilled in anxiety disorder treatment, providing patients with a comprehensive approach to mental health. Our process for treatment is personalized to each patient’s individual needs and can include the management of prescription medications coupled with anxiety counseling and therapy, which is offered via telehealth for at-home appointments.

We compassionately support each patient in route to uncovering the root causes of their anxiety, and work with them at their own pace to develop healthy coping mechanisms and ways to lessen anxiety’s intense emotions. Anxiety counseling with KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry can help patients remove a significant roadblock holding them back from success and happiness and help them work to take back control of their lives.

Testimonials

“This place has been a blessing from day one. As a mother of 3, it’s not always the easiest to get away from the kiddos. I love the fact that I don’t have to leave my home to meet with my therapist. The online counseling aspect is really convenient and was honestly the only way for me to get the help I needed. I plan on continuing my monthly sessions because I keep seeing more growth and positive change in myself each time.”

– A.T.
“Depression controlled my life for a very long time, and up until a few months ago I was hopeless of that ever changing. KAV helped me find balance again. They helped me find peace. I rediscovered what being happy feels like. Though I still have bad days, I now have the tools and support systems to get me through them. I finally feel in control of my life again, and for that I am grateful.”

– J.C.
“I started feeling really anxious and depressed after the birth of my first child, which was when one of my close friends told me about KAV. My first visit with the doctor was great. She asked me a lot of questions, was super attentive, and gave me the time to talk through my issues. I could tell that she genuinely cared about trying to help me. We talked about different medication options and she suggested therapy. I was hesitant at first, but I’m really glad I said yes because my counselor has really helped me explore all this new anxiety. It changes every day with a baby, but I do feel like I’m in such a better place now, and so much more available for my daughter.”

-E.M.
“Pain pills took me down a really dark path for many years. I’ve been to rehab several times, but could never stay clean for long after I got out. I thank the doctors and counselors at KAV every day for helping me turn my life around. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve been sober for 14 months and have the belief in myself that it will stay that way. Most importantly, I can be the father and husband my family needs. Thank you KAV — you all truly saved my life!!!”

– J.K.
“Paying attention for long periods of time has been a struggle for as long as I can remember. It’s made things like school…relationships…holding down a job…etc pretty tough. Prior to coming here I’d heard of ADHD but never really looked into it…but after just a few visits my doctor and counselor helped me better understand it and get it under control. It’s been a really good experience so far…I only wish I would’ve pursued getting help like this sooner.”

– L.B.