If you experience constant fear or worry, life can begin to feel overwhelming, but professional help can make the difference. At California Coast Family Practice in Atascadero, California, adult medicine specialist Cameron Grant, DNP, FNP, MPH, MSN, and his skilled staff can treat anxiety to give you the best quality of life possible. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Anxiety is a common mental health disorder in which you experience constant fear or worry during situations that don’t bother many other people. If you struggle with anxiety that negatively affects your job or interpersonal relationships, see the experts at California Coast Family Practice for an evaluation.
Common symptoms of anxiety include:
If you have anxiety, you may experience problems falling asleep or staying asleep. You could also find yourself avoiding situations that trigger anxious feelings.
While anyone can develop anxiety, common risk factors for developing it include:
Some common triggers that could provoke anxiety include driving over large bridges, riding in elevators, flying in airplanes, being in enclosed spaces, or being in large groups of people.
Your California Coast Family Practice specialist lets you know if you have anxiety after discussing your symptoms and your medical history with you. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and order blood tests or other diagnostic tests if needed.
Your provider asks you a series of questions during a comprehensive psychiatric assessment to detect or rule out anxiety and other mental health challenges.
Common treatments for anxiety include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including exposure therapy, is an excellent way to reduce anxiety triggers or improve how you deal with them.
Taking certain medications can dramatically reduce unpleasant anxiety symptoms and give you the best quality of life possible.
Making healthy lifestyle changes can diminish anxiety symptoms. Examples include eating nutritious foods, practicing stress-reduction strategies, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. Avoid using drugs, smoking, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
To learn more about anxiety or get treated for it, call the California Coast Family Practice office or schedule a visit online today.