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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety can be a normal part of life; in fact, it can be helpful in some ways. From helping us recognize dangers to motivating us to get things done, moderate anxiety is beneficial. Unfortunately, for some individuals, anxiety can spiral out of control and overwhelm to the point that it interferes with everyday living. Once the physical and emotional symptoms begin to degrade the quality of life a person has, what was once thought to be “normal” could be an anxiety disorder.

Typically, medical professionals group several conditions under the umbrella term “anxiety disorder.” These may include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorders. Having multiple mental health conditions at the same time can also occur. Depending on what type of disease a person has been diagnosed with will determine the kind of treatment they should begin. Regrettably, there is no medical test to determine the type of anxiety a person has.

Once patients take that first step on what can be a long road to recovery, they often find that they have several choices to make. Do they seek therapy or medications? Is a combination approach better for them? While some patients may avoid counseling due to the negative connotation associated mental health, many find that talking does help, but it may not be enough. For some, pharmacological help in addition to therapy is the only way to get control over their condition and to get their lives back on track.

Anxiety Treatment Options

Several medications can be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. The two most common types are anti-depressants and benzodiazepines. Benzos are typically only used for short-term treatment since it is a fast-acting treatment method and because it can cause dependency if used too long. Anti-depressants, on the other hand, aren’t addictive in the traditional sense and can be easily adjusted if needed. Most often, physicians will prescribe both anti-depressants and benzos to be used together during the first few weeks of treatment. Once the patient begins to respond to anti-depressants and therapy, the benzos are generally discontinued unless something changes.  

The most common anxiety medications are:

The most common anxiety medications

Anti-depressants

  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Celexa

Benzodiazepines

  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan

Types of Anxiety Therapy

While there are several types of therapy for individuals who are living with anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is most often used. It works by retraining the person how to think through the anxiety causing event. Other forms of treatment might include hypnotherapy or biofeedback, a method that uses bodily awareness as treatment. Although many patients choose to use therapy and medications at the same time, not all do. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, these measures do not always work.

When Anxiety treatment methods don’t work

Despite going to therapy, taking the medications as directed, and following all the advice, some still may not feel like their old self. So, what now? Waiting on the medicines to work can be frustrating, but giving up isn’t the answer.  Most experts will tell you that there are a few things you can and should do throughout the treatment process.

  1. Talk about the options and be willing to ask your physician the hard questions. How can I get the most from my medications? How long should it take for my prescriptions to work? What can I do to manage any side effects? Can I do more to alleviate the anxiety?
  2. Give the medications time to work. While some anxiety medications are fast-acting others are not. Anti-depressants typically take six to eight weeks to affect the brain’s chemistry. While anyone who has an anxiety disorder wants to feel normal immediately, it’s usually going to take some time.
  3. Manage depression symptoms as well as any other health conditions. Though it may not seem like it, things that affect other areas of the body can exacerbate your anxiety. Getting enough sleep, exercising, and socializing with others also helps to combat depression.

Anxiety Treatment at EZCare

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Adequately designing the treatment for an anxiety disorder rarely happens the first time. Often patients, physician, and therapist have to try different medications and methods to find the right one. Don’t give up hope if the first medication doesn’t make you feel better overnight. The goal of treating anxiety as well as many other mental health conditions is for remission. Don’t give up until you feel like your old self again.

Call EZCare Clinic when other treatment methods don’t work. Our experienced medical team includes physicians, therapists, and counselors who are dedicated to finding the solution that will fulfill all your medical needs.

Our practice is open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm. Although appointments are appreciated, walk-ins are welcome. You can reach us at (415) 966-0848 or schedule your appointment online.


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What is the best treatment for anxiety?

Many people experience some degree of anxiety, whether it is an obvious affliction or something they have learned to live with. Many millions across the country are prone to anxiety in some way, but only about one-third of those with the disorder seek any sort of help. We at EzCare Clinic know how much of a burden it can be to have a generalized anxiety disorder and how much it can affect your life. Anxiety is not something you should be used to; instead, anxiety is something you should combat and take control of. You might think you can’t get over your anxiety, but as so many others have proven, there are treatment solutions for everyone.

The types of generalized anxiety disorder treatment that exist range from things you can do on your own to medication that a certified doctor must prescribe. Since no one person’s state of someone’s anxiety is equal to another’s, it’s important to understand the different solutions that exist for you.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

One of the best-known forms of treating anxiety disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s a form of treatment that greatly emphasizes looking at the different things in a patient’s life and discovering what could be causing their anxiety. This is completed in a few sessions, with the therapist and patient identifying any possible underlying roots that have lead to the anxiety disorder. In this way, the patient not only figures out what is causing them to be ridden with anxiety but to be able to face it and take control of it. It all comes down to figuring and acting out the solutions to these problems, and this style of therapy has proven both effective and popular as an anxiety disorder treatment.

One popular form of CBT is interpersonal therapy (IPT), which involves the patient looking into possible factors that have led to their anxiety. As the name suggests, this means interpersonal events and experiences, such as work and relationships. By locating these issues and facing them directly, the patient will come out of it better and healthier. This can also lead to improved social skills that they will be able to make use of in the future, as well as presently to combat their anxiety for good.

Hypnotherapy

You maybe have not considered hypnotherapy (aka hypnotism) as an anxiety disorder treatment. While it has a history for being a thing a person does to control minds, hypnotherapy seeks to focus a patient’s mind as much as possible. Hypnotherapy works on the idea that anxiety is not something inherent but rather learned via experiences people have had in the past.

At a younger age, we may have been overwhelmingly embarrassed by some event; it could have happened only once, but the effect can last a lifetime. Later in life, when it feels like you’re going to experience something similar, your body is likely to react the same way it did before. This can then become routine, the way it may be normal for someone to have a panic attack before making a public speech to a crowd.

By getting into a trance and focusing strongly inward, the patient will be able to tap into those past experiences and confront them. Some of these memories and experiences could be blocked from one’s thoughts; thus making hypnotherapy an attractive choice for returning those memories to the forefront of a patient’s mind.

The process tends to involve the patient being hypnotized by the therapist, followed by a series of questions that aim to get at the heart of the patient’s anxiety. These can involve reliving these memories and experiences, as well as confronting them in a new way, such as looking at them in a different perspective or changing the event itself. In this way, both the therapist and patient can figure out the cause of the anxiety and work on eliminating it.

Natural Remedies

Outside of traditional therapy, natural remedies for anxiety are a great form of treatment that you can practice on your own. One of the most critical ways to stave off anxiety is exercising, which can include walks and sports, or even hitting the gym for a routine workout. Exercising lets you focus your energy on something else and release it in a way that is both positive and beneficial for your mind and body.

Somewhat related to exercising is meditation, which can come in the form of yoga. These are not the most strenuous forms of exercise, so they may appeal to those looking for a way to stay healthy, but maybe don’t want to push their bodies too much. The main idea is to get relaxed, and this can even be done during a time where you would not otherwise be exercising. For example, you can do breathing exercises while also participating in muscle relaxation, either by sitting down or by laying on the floor.

Adding to all this is the drinking of herbal tea, which is known to be a calming drink that is also healthy for you. It works as something that can keep you relaxed both mentally and physically, as both mind and body can benefit significantly from tea drinking.

Medication

Medication

Medication is a popular supplement for treating anxiety, but since the types vary in chemical makeup and side-effects, it’s important to consult with your doctor which one would be right for you.

What drugs are prescribed for anxiety?

There exist two main types of anxiety medication:

Benzodiazepines combine benzene and diazepine to affect the neurotransmitters in your brain, which in turn can help relax you. Well-known benzodiazepine drugs include:

Each of these drugs has a different way of relieving anxiety for people, so keep in mind that the effects from person to person can vary. While some of these drugs can last for more than one whole day (Valium), others only last a few hours (Halcion).

Antidepressants are similar to benzodiazepines in how they rewire neurotransmitters to relax the mind and body. Among the most known types are:

SSRIs and TCAs both work to affect your body via the increase in serotonin levels, which affect your appetite, mood, and sleep. MAOIs affect your mood by increasing your level of neurotransmitters; this type of drug can also decide which other medications you’re allowed to take at the same time.

SSRI, TCA, and MAOI medications include:

How to Get Anxiety Medication

If you would like to see if you qualify and can be prescribed medication for anxiety, schedule an appointment with EzCare Clinic. Our DEA-licensed physicians will be able to provide you with a prescription if you are approved for it. Once you’ve been evaluated and approved, you will be able to get a prescription for the anxiety medication that is right for you. So don’t wait any longer for the help you need. Visit our webpage or call us at (415) 966-0848 and schedule an appointment today. We are open 7 days a week, from 11:00am to 7:00pm.


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