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How to Manage and Treat Anxiety?

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is one of the most terrible things that a person deals with. It interferes in every other matter of your life, from work to study or party to shopping. It essentially refers to the anticipation of the future concern. It is highly associated with avoidance behavior and muscle tension. One of the most immediate responses to anxiety is fear and threat. It is eventually related to a fight or flight reaction (Spielberger, et al, 2022). A constant feeling of danger and fear leads to severe mental health issues.

Different types of anxiety disorders include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder repeating a behavior, post-traumatic stress disorder, and hoarding. It is, no doubt, debilitating and distressing. It makes study, employment opportunities, and social gatherings worse for someone dealing with anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety include restlessness, pessimism and hopelessness, trouble concentrating and focusing, headaches and body aches, fatigue, persistent sadness, and suicidal thoughts. However, recovery for people dealing with anxiety is possible after getting appropriate treatment.

Facts

Research has shown that around 40 million adults, reaching 19.1% of adults in the United States, experience anxiety disorders every year. Out of which, 7% are children of 3 to 17 years old with anxiety. It is more likely to develop anxiety before 21 age. Evidence suggests that around 2.7% of adults in the United States undergo Generalized Anxiety Disorder every year. Females (3.4%) in the US are more likely to face generalized anxiety disorder than males (1.9%) (Lovett, et al, 2022). Therefore, it is crucial to understand the importance of the adverse effects of anxiety and stop it here to prevent the next generations.

Managing anxiety

In order to manage anxiety, our local base Urgent care clinic, Anytime Primary Care Clinic, Powder Springs, GA, The USA, prescribes pills and medication with minimal side effects and long-term effects of prevention. We prescribe medications according to the severity of anxiety.

Sometimes our well-trained practitioners offer pills for anxiety along with cognitive behavioral therapy. In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, patients get identification to deal with their negative feelings that contribute to thoughts full of fear and anxiety. Patients learn how to modify unrealistic behavioral patterns that create pessimistic emotions. This therapy improves the inaccurate behavior of the patient and helps the patient realize all these negativities (Hindmarch, et al, 1998). Our practitioners assist people to change their way of thinking and behavior that make them anxious.

Our clinicians offer selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to deal with severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is a first-line drug treatment for anxiety. How it actually works is by inhibiting nerve cells in the brain from reabsorbing serotonin. Example of SSRIs includes citalopram, escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), and sertraline (Zoloft).

Other antidepressants for chronic pain conditions and anxiety offered by our professionals include duloxetine Cymbalta and venlafaxine (Effexor XR). However, it is necessary to consult the doctor at the clinic. So the doctor assesses the condition properly and prescribes pills accordingly. Additionally, we may recommend medications along with CBT. Thus, never forget to contact our clinic, Anytime Primary Care Clinic, based in Atlanta, GA, the USA, to get satisfactory treatment of anxiety with the help of therapies and medications.

References

  1. Spielberger, C. D. (2022). Anxiety. In Social Problems and Mental Health (pp. 15-19). Routledge.
  2. Lovett, R. M., Opsasnick, L., Russell, A., Yoon, E., Weiner-Light, S., Serper, M., … & Wolf, M. S. (2022). Prevalence of anxiety and depressive symptoms and impact on self-management among adults with chronic conditions in Chicago, Illinois, USA, during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional survey. BMJ open12(1), e052495.
  3. Hindmarch, I. (1998). Cognition and anxiety: the cognitive effects of anti‐anxiety medication. Acta psychiatrica scandinavica98, 89-94.

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