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Medical Help For Anxiety

According to The National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older have an anxiety disorder, although only about one third are getting adequate anxiety treatment.

Typically, occasional stress or anxiety is a normal part of life and shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. However, some individuals experience a prolonged or excessive amount of tension that interferes with their everyday life. For these individuals, medical help is necessary to regain control of their lives. While some individuals are concerned with what others may think, many may not understand how detrimental their illness has become or that there is someone who can help. In San Francisco, EZCare Clinic can help individuals who are burdened by stress, anxiety, and depression as well as other mental health issues.

Anxiety disorder is a term used to describe one or more mental health conditions. Although there are several different types of anxiety, each ailment may have similar or overlapping symptoms. Treatment is dependent on what kind of disorder the patient has and how it affects the individual.

  • Panic disorder is characterized by the random feeling of terror.
  • Social anxiety disorder or social phobia results in worry and self-consciousness in everyday social situations.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder causes excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.
  • Specific phobias are an intense fear of a particular object or situation that goes beyond what’s appropriate and causes individuals to avoid everyday situations.

How to know when to seek treatment?

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Individuals who routinely find themselves battling anxiety may be wondering when they should seek treatment. While the answer may be different for each person, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any, seeking professional help may be the best option for you.

  1. Does my anxiety affect my physical health? Anxiety, as well as other emotional issues, can adversely affect both the mental and physical health of the individual. Physical symptoms may include dizziness, stomachaches, shortness of breath, chest pains, and diarrhea. Unfortunately, individuals who already have a preexisting condition may find that the increased anxiety inhabits the ability to get better.
  2. Is my anxiety affecting my work? People who have uncontrolled anxiety may find that they have difficulties at work, such as showing up late, frequent absences, or even difficulty performing the job itself.
  3. Does my anxiety affect my relationships? Anxiety can cause individuals to have unhealthy feelings of jealousy, avoidance of social gatherings with both friends and family, and the inability to communicate effectively. Often these issues become so dramatic that they begin to withdrawal from virtually every aspect of their life and severing any connections to those that they love.
  4. Do I abuse drugs or alcohol to help cope with my anxiety? Often individuals who are suffering from anxiety, as well as other mood disorders, will turn to alcohol or medications to help them overcome the symptoms of their disease. For many people, this quickly spirals out of control, and they become addicted, creating other possible life-threatening circumstances.
  5. Does my anxiety cause me to miss out on the things I used to enjoy? Individual who often find themselves making excuses not to participate or avoid certain situations? Anxiety can make someone feel like a prisoner and withdraw from living. They may feel trapped, isolated, and fearful.

Types of treatment

Seeking professional help is the first step to recovery. While many individuals are scared to talk to a medical professional, it is crucial that you make that first step. Anxiety, like any illness, is nothing that should make you feel ashamed. At EZCare Clinic, a team of medical professionals will help you find answers and treatment for your anxiety disorder.

For most patients, treatment can include medications as well as therapy or counseling. While many may shy away from this type of treatment, most mental health professionals believe that talking about the things that cause the most distress can help patients come to terms with any underlying issues. Typically, counseling will also include the patient learning some coping techniques that can help calm them when they feel anxious.

Effective medications

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Several anxiety medications are useful when treating anxiety disorders. Depending on which condition the patient has, physicians can prescribe Paxil, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Effexor, or many others. Patients must be seen by a qualified medical professional to get a prescription. These professionals can monitor for any adverse reactions as well as adjust the dosage as necessary.

EZCare Clinic in San Francisco can see patients Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. You can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (415) 966-0848.

If you are suffering from uncontrolled anxiety, call today. Don’t let yourself be held prisoner any longer; there is an effective treatment for you.


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Anxiety Management

8.1% of people age 18 and above in the United States are dealing with anxiety disorders, this means 40 million Americans are suffering from this mental disorder, alarming right? Well, it should be, because this could be a friend, family member, loved one, or even yourself.

In order to fully understand this issue one has to ask the question, what exactly is anxiety? It is brought about by stress or worrying that causes panic or fear. Although anxiety is a normal human emotion, it becomes a disorder when it persists for extended periods of time.

There are various forms of anxiety disorders like; social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety disorder triggered by phobias (specific phobia), substance-induced anxiety disorder amongst others.

Symptoms that indicate someone might be suffering from anxiety disorders include restlessness, hyperventilation, insomnia (in some cases), tiredness, edginess or nervousness, lack of concentration(the person finds themselves constantly distracted), muscular tightness, excessive sweating, depression, and problems with digestion.

People having issues with anxiety are likely to struggle with depression and substance abuse, in order to ‘take off the edge or mellow out.

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Causes of Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorder is caused by various things. Some could be environmental factors, medical conditions or even genetics. More causes include;

  • Heart conditions
  • Stress from work/ school
  • Drug abuse and alcoholism
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can also be a cause of extreme anxiety disorder.
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), people with OCD tend to have a lot of anxiety issues.
  • Financial problems
  • Emotional distress from loss of a loved one, heartbreak, loneliness etc.

Needless to say, anxiety is a feeling that shouldn’t be left to fester; if a person has issues with anxiety, they should seek freedom from this condition. There are medications that help people struggling with anxiety to manage it. Some hospitals/health caregivers provide in-office dispensing of these drugs.

Here are some effective tips on how to manage anxiety.

Take a Break:

This is a very important tip to remember, give yourself a break! Most people try to fix things beyond their control. When things go wrong they blame themselves, causing more anxiety. Try to find a balance between being responsible and accepting that we are all humans and the attainment of perfection is maybe a gift only possessed by the divine. Always remember to give your best and whatever you can’t change find ways to make your peace with it. Learn to take a break from everything, especially when stress is piling up. Taking time to clear your head will help you arrive at a solution quicker.

Take a vacation from work. In our modern world where people are pushed intensely to deliver results at work, make good grades in school et cetera. So whenever you get to leave off work or a break, take a vacation. Travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit or take on that adventure you’ve always wanted to try.  Doing this could make you see things differently and help you ‘unwind’.

Practice a Healthier Lifestyle

A healthier lifestyle promotes healthy living; devoid of anxiety. Most times we don’t eat healthy enough; empty calories or junk food impact negatively on us. For persons trying to manage stress this situation definitely does more harm than good.

You can begin today by making healthier choices like quitting unhealthy habits, eating healthy, and exercising. It has been scientifically proven that exercising helps to manage stress or anxiety.

Finding your Centre

There are various natural therapies out there that are very effective with handling anxiety and though it could also be considered as being under practicing a healthier lifestyle, finding one’s balance and inner “zen” can be considered as a tip on its own. Taking a yoga class can be very effective for people trying to kick anxiety, also practicing meditation and breathing exercise can clear the head pretty good. You can also try a special and exotic massage therapy like an Ayurvedic massage, this massage technique can help you relax your muscle and soothe your joints, and it can also help you clear your mind.

Most times it is discovered that the root of the anxiety comes from a deep inner fear which can be addressed by finding inner peace.

 

Talk to Someone:

Whether it involves talking to a professional or a trusted friend, sharing your burdens or telling someone about your constant feeling of anxiety could help you not only unburden your mind but it could also help you get a professional or fresh perspective. There is prescription medication to help you manage anxiety, but this will involve you seeing a physician or psychologist to get the right prescriptions. Some of these specialists provide in-office dispensing, this will make getting your medication less stressful.

 

Cultivate Positive ThinkingAnger Management

Positive thinking is a mental state of aligning with the positive regarding the past, present, and the future.

Think about it as a way of holding on to hope, that thing will improve for the better. Positive thinking is best cultivated in spite of existing facts or the present circumstances.  What this does is mentally placing an individual in the position to make better choices that may lead to better living.

This works especially for anxiety because anxiety spins from the worry about the future. Keeping a brave front and a positive attitude about the future helps reduce anxiety to a great extent.

 

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Though there is a plethora of information available about how to deal with anxiety, the topic is never quite as simple as following steps 1-5 for success.  This is because there are different forms of anxiety that individuals suffer from including social and general anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

One of the first, and most important steps in getting help, no matter what type of anxiety you might be dealing with, is a diagnosis. Until this happens, it can feel as if you are throwing darts at an unknown target, trying desperately to find help for this overwhelming condition.

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It is important to schedule an appointment with a qualified mental health professional when you need a diagnosis. If you suspect that you’ve been struggling with anxiety symptoms, a medical professional will also be able to do a thorough evaluation including a complete physical exam, just to be sure that there are no underlying medical problems causing some or all of your symptoms.

Making that first appointment is the very hardest step for most people because it requires an admission that something is not right. Once the initial visit is complete, your doctor can prescribe effective anxiety medication and help you work on lifestyle changes such as sleep habits, diet, and activity levels that have been shown to have a dramatic effect on anxiety.

Here are some things your doctor might suggest:

  1. Movement – Getting regular exercise has been shown to help ease many anxiety systems and provide an overall sense of well-being. Most mental health professionals suggest that you work out anywhere from 3 – 5 days a week for 30 minutes at a time.
  2. Sleep – As it turns out, that 8 hours of sleep a night that your parents always nagged about is seriously important for anxiety sufferers. If part of your anxiety is actually about not being able to sleep, make sure to mention this to your doctor. There are many non-habit-forming sleep aids that they can suggest or prescribe so that you can get enough zzzs.
  3. Talk – You might spend a lot of time thinking that anxiety equals weakness, which it definitely does not. This thought process can lead people to work on hiding their anxiety from others around them. Sadly, this produces more anxiety instead of helping it go away. Instead of keeping it all to yourself, experiment with talking about your feelings. This does not mean you have to spill your heart to every stranger you meet. Just work on talking to your family or close friends about how you feel, what you fear and what might help. Just talking about it tends to lessen the severity.
  4. Connect – Having friends who understand is imperative if you struggle with how to deal with anxiety. Work on building safe connections at work, at home, and at school so that you will always be near someone who can help you if your anxiety symptoms get out of hand. Chances are high that others around you suffer from some of the same symptoms, so you might even be able to take turns giving each other a hand.
  5. Distract Yourself – Distracting yourself from anxiety is a difficult thing to learn, but it is highly effective for many. In order to do this, people become extreme planners. Each day or each week, they plan a full all-day schedule with healthy distractions. This may include planned activities with friends after work, exercise before work, podcasts to listen to, or puzzles to solve. Keeping busy is not the cure for anxiety for sure, but it does help cut down on your downtime when your mind tends to focus more on anxiety symptoms.
  6. Have Fun – Stressors do not always cause anxiety, but when they do, life can be very difficult. Take time to write down things that stress you out and see if you can find a way to make them fun.  Even if the fun is only in your own mind, it might take the stress level down just enough to make life manageable.

Some examples of this might include hiding secret notes around the office without telling anyone else, wearing something unexpected as your underclothing just to make yourself smile or competing with yourself to get things done more quickly or in a different order than is typical.

Don’t Quit

According to experts, anxiety treatment can be 80 percent – 100 percent effective with the right combination of treatments and lifestyle changes. It is important to know, however, that your commitment to following up on recommendations is every bit as important as that first doctor visit. Remember that every step you take to learning more about your anxiety brings you one step closer to conquering it.

The qualified doctors at EZCare Clinic in San Francisco are well-versed in diagnosing anxiety, treating and following up with those who suffer from anxiety of all forms. One simple appointment might just make all the difference. Call (415) 966-0848 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also accepted any day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm.


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