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Anxiety and Nervousness

Everyone feels anxious and nervous to some degree throughout their life. While fear and anxiety can be strong emotions to deal with, they are also helpful in that they warn us to danger or threats and help keep us safe while adapting to a new environment. When fear or anxiety becomes so extreme that it causes an overwhelming amount of distress, or impairs one’s ability to function at work, in school or disrupts our relationships, an anxiety disorder may be the underlying cause. Anxiety disorders are an umbrella term used to describe several different conditions in which fear and anxiety are common factors. While it is not fully understood what causes some individuals to have an anxiety disorder, most mental health providers believe that there are multiple risk factors associated with their development including life experiences, environmental factors, genetic markers and neurobiological conditions.

Types of anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders types

Depending on who you are asking, there are five different anxiety disorders, but several subcategories can be distinguished as well.

5 Anxiety disorder types

Although each disease has unique characteristics, they can also have overlapping symptoms such as

Anxiety Symptoms

  • Panic, fear, and uneasiness
  • Sleep problems
  • Not being able to stay calm
  • Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Tense muscles
  • Dizziness

Individuals who are concerned about symptoms can take an online self-assessment quiz to determine their extent. While this quiz isn’t a diagnosis, it can help individuals decide if they need to consult a medical practitioner.

During an examination, your doctor will complete medical assessment and review the history as well as conducting tests to rule out any illness that might be causing the symptoms. Unfortunately, there are no lab tests that can identify or diagnosis anxiety disorders.

Anxiety Treatment

Treatment for anxiety disorders can include medications, coping techniques, and therapy. While there is often a stigma attached to counseling or therapy, neither should be discounted. Therapy can offer patients a safe space to talk about their anxiety and issues that may be contributing factors. Also, the counselor can help patients pinpoint their fears and focus treatment. While discussing the things that can be the source of anxiety is very helpful, patients often need medications to aid them in controlling all the physical effects that anxiety can produce.  

There are three different classifications of medications that can be used to treat anxiety, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and Buspirone. Buspirone is an antianxiety medication that can be effective for generalized anxiety disorder but is used much less frequently than other medicines.

Antidepressants are often the first line of treatment for patients that have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Of these antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Lexapro are often the first choice. Despite what many may think, antidepressants aren’t addictive in the traditional sense and are very useful, although it can take several weeks to feel the effects entirely.

Benzodiazepines affect the chemical messengers that work in the brain’s fear response system. They are used as quick relief from the symptoms associated with anxiety. Because they act immediately, they are typically prescribed during the first few weeks of treatment while waiting for an antidepressant to take effect. Although benzodiazepines are considered reasonably safe, they are usually prescribed for a relatively short amount of time because the body can become accustomed to how they feel, making them less effective over time.

Side effects of anxiety medication

Side effects of Anxiety medications

While the effects of these drugs can vary from product to product, there are a few that seem to be shared among most, nausea, headache, and dizziness. Some of the most prescribed medications can result in weakness, loss of appetite, dry mouth, excessive sweating, and nervousness or weight gain and occasional difficulties with sexual function. Benzodiazepines, used for immediate relief, are known to cause personality changes in some individuals, including aggressiveness and violent behavior as well as suicidal thoughts. Although serotonin reuptake inhibitors can cause any number of these symptoms, they typically produce the least amount of side effects when compared to other antidepressants and anxiety medications.   

Anxiety Treatment at EZCare Clinic in San Francisco

Although any medication prescribed for anxiety can cause side effects that range from mild to severe, not getting treatment for such a life-altering condition can be much worse. The caring staff at EZCare Clinic is trained to help patients work through their disease with the least invasive methods possible. While no treatment is perfect, suffering from the effects of an anxiety disorder is unnecessary. Our goal is to design a treatment program that is safe and effective.

The clinic is open every day, including weekends from 11 am to 7 pm. Walk-ins are accepted, however, you can make an appointment online or give us a call at (415) 966-0848.


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ServiceDogCertifications.org Review

If you have a mental health disorder, then you know how frustrating it can be finding the right kind of treatment. Not that there isn’t a wide spectrum of treatment options, but not all of these options work for everyone. Depending on the individual, some of these options work really well while others fall flat. But that’s also why so many different options exist: No two people are alike, and no one medicine type works for everyone.

The types of treatment options vary, which can come from prescription pills, but also topical creams, ointments, and oils. In addition to these, there are also various therapy sessions, from traditional one-on-one styles and groups. Even these more traditional forms have their variations and are highly recommended along with prescribed medications. At the same time, while therapy is recommended, the prescribed meds may not be, as not all patients benefit from them. In fact, these meds can sometimes do more harm than good, making things worse for the patient.

EZCare Clinic wants to let you know all about emotional support animals, who are valid forms of treatment for those with mental and health disorders. Since other forms of therapy treatment are not always effective, an emotional support animal can be extremely beneficial for some patients. What an ESA does is provide comfort and security for the owner, which can result in strong bonds being formed between the two. Unlike a service animal, ESAs are not specially trained to do anything a regular domesticated pet would not already do. Instead, an ESA is essentially just a regular pet, with the main difference being that the owner requires them as a form of therapy. What’s more, the option for an ESA can range from the known cats and dogs, but also birds, pigs, rabbits, and snakes.

Make sure you contact EZCare Clinic if you think you can benefit from having an emotional support animal. You can come to us for receiving ESA letters that come signed by licensed doctors who will speak with you directly. These letters will let you fly on airplanes without being hassled by the airlines; they will also let you live in housing complexes that may otherwise not allow animals. Whether you want to come into our office or speak with one of our doctors via telehealth communication, we will be able to provide you with a genuine letter in both a PDF and physical form.

Is ServiceDogCertifications.org Legit?

ServiceDogCertifications.org scam

Unfortunately, finding a genuine website that will provide you with a real emotional support animal letter is not always so easy. It can actually be a real challenge to find a site that isn’t trying to scam you of your money with fake letters or extra things you do not actually need. So many of these sites except for you to be looking online for an ESA letter, which is why they exist in the first place: to scam those who don’t know better.

Sites like ServiceDogCertifications.org are one such scam, and like other sites of its ilk, it follows similar patterns when it comes to what they say and what they provide. They are an interesting example because they seem to mainly advertise themselves as a service dog site. This is in itself is already problematic because it can cause one to think ESAs and service animals are similar when they really are not.

ServiceDogCertifications makes it seem like the process for service animals is like the one for ESAs, except that you never have to register your animal, dog or otherwise. Even if you wanted to register your pet as an ESA, you simply can’t because no registry for it exists. However, the site does allow you to purchase ID cards and vests, all of which are utterly useless for someone with an emotional support animal. If you have an ESA, all you need is the signed document, which is only for housing complexes and when you go on trips.

There are two other things to note about ServiceDogCertifications, starting with their lack of a street address on their homepage. While having no street address is a suspicious thing to be missing for a “legitimate” business, they also do not feature a number where they can be reached. They do have a contact form, but that appears to be it.

The other more serious thing to note is that ServiceDogCertifications.org claims to not actually offer ESA letters. They offer IDs, a paper certificate (which is just the ID information), and vests, but not the actual letters you would need. Instead, they refer out to esadoctors.com, another scam website that is just as inauthentic as any other. The fact that this site has to refer out like that (to another scam site) just solidifies how illegitimate their business is.

How Does Service Dog Certifications Compare To EZCareClinic.com?

Service Dog Certifications fake addressQualifying for ServiceDogCertifications.org (or esadoctors.com) requires that you fill out a questionnaire or two and someone is supposed to look over that info; afterward you will be told whether or not you have been approved. EZCareClinic.com does not do this; they have you speak with a licensed doctor either in person in our offices or over the phone or video chat. Your emotional support animal letter will be written and signed for you once the doctor has approved you. An ESA letter cannot be valid unless you speak directly with a licensed doctor.

An ESA letter from EZCareClinic.com can cost between $150 for the basic package, and $199 for the full package. It might appear more costly than other sites, but that’s only because Mango Clinic does things the right way. ServiceDogCertifications.org does not actually sell any ESA letters; they do sell $39 ID cards and extra ways to show off that information (like certificates that merely state the dog’s name and “registration number”).

If you want to get an ESA letter, it’s as easy as visiting our website and setting up an appointment to speak with one of our licensed doctors. ServiceDogCertifications.org, as we know, does not offer anything like this. If you did it through the other website they link to, they would just have you fill out a questionnaire and not speak with an actual licensed doctor.

ServiceDogCertifications.org has no guarantees since they don’t even sell actual ESA letters. Unlike them or any other sites like them, EZCareClinic.com offers full a money-back guarantee for whatever reason.

Let EZCare Clinic help you get a legitimate ESA letter today. Visit our website or call us to set up your appointment to speak with a licensed doctor today.

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Ritalin Medication for ADHD Treatment

Patients who have been diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have several medications available to them to treat their symptoms. Ritalin is one of them. It is a slow-releasing form of methylphenidate, a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. Developed in 1944 and approved by the FDA in 1955, methylphenidate is one of the oldest medications used to treat ADHD. Typically marketed under the name Concerta, Daytrana or Methylin methylphenidate is an effective treatment option. While Ritalin is available in tablet form and must be taken three times a day, Concerta is a specially formulated capsule that slowly releases its ingredients over time so that the patient doesn’t have to re-administer the medication throughout the day.

Like all methylphenidate prescriptions, Ritalin works by affecting chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. First, it blocks the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine (neurotransmitters) at the synapses. Because of this Ritalin behaves like other stimulants. Secondly, this medication promotes the release of more dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Because of the two pathways working together, the increased amount of neurotransmitters are present at levels that improve the symptoms of ADHD but not high enough to induce the euphoria associated with amphetamines and opiates. This means that even though Ritalin is a stimulant that can be addictive when abused, the risk of developing an addition is low when it is taken correctly.

How to take Ritalin

how to take ritalin

 

Ritalin is an extended-release medication that is used to treat ADHD in patients age 6 and older. This medication should be taken in the morning with or without food to prevent disrupting the sleep cycle. Be sure to follow the directions on the label. Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet or capsule. Doing so may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time, an action that is potentially fatal.

While using Ritalin, routine visits to your physician are necessary to check your progress. As with any medication, consult your surgeon several weeks prior to the procedure. Because of the effects of stimulants on the body, you may need to suspend use.

All medications have the potential to cause unwanted side effects. Some of the more common that can be seen with Ritalin are:

Ritalin side effects:

  • Mood changes
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Loss of appetite or weight
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache

While this is not a complete list of possible side effects, some patients may experience others. Signs of a severe allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, tongue or throat, hives, or itching may occur and should be treated by an emergency facility.

How to get prescribed Ritalin?

In San Francisco, patients should seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. During your examination, your provider will review your medical history and discuss your symptoms and how they affect your day to day life. Because other conditions can have some of the same symptoms as that of ADHD, your doctor will need to determine if those conditions are present as well. Typically, patients are asked to rate their symptoms as well as a loved one. Once the doctor reviews all of the information, a determination of diagnosis is given. If appropriate, your doctor will prescribe Ritalin or one of the other medications available for ADHD, such as Adderall.

Often, ADHD doctors will also suggest that patients seek the help of a qualified therapist who can offer beneficial coping techniques as well as an outlet for the emotions that can accompany this disorder. Though many patients are hesitant to see a counselor, most doctors find that a combination of pharmaceutical treatment and therapy result in better outcomes than just one treatment alone. It is not uncommon for patients who have ADHD also to have an anxiety disorder or suffer from depression as well. Treating the whole patient will help to alleviate the emotional symptoms that can impede treatment.

ADHD Treatment in San Francisco 

ADHD treatment with Ritalin in San Francisco

Individuals who live in the San Francisco area that are concerned with the symptoms of ADHD can find help at EZCare Clinic. Our staff is made up of doctors and therapists who are dedicated to working with you to find the best plan of treatment for your specific needs. Our doctors are trained to determine the subtle differences between ADHD and other health issues. If a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate, they can work with you and the therapist to ensure all your needs are met.

We are open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm. Although appointments are appreciated, they are not necessary. Walk-ins are excepted. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (415) 966-0848. Don’t wait for the symptoms of ADHD to ruin all that you’ve worked for, call EZCare Clinic today. We can help you feel normal again.


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