General Psychiatrist & ADHD Specialists located in Plano, Frisco, Pearland & Prosper, TX
Anxiety disorders are common mental health illnesses, affecting just over 19% of adults ages 18 and older in the United States. If constant fear, nervousness, and anxiousness diminish your quality of life, board-certified psychiatrist Shakil Tukdi, MD, and his expert mental health team at Ultimate Psychiatry can help. They offer holistic anxiety treatments to reduce symptoms and help you thrive with work, school, and interpersonal relationships. Call one of the Ultimate Psychiatry offices in Plano, Frisco, Pearland or Prosper, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety disorders affect your mood and can interfere with everyday activities. This type of mental health condition causes anxiousness or irrational fear in situations that don’t bother many other people. While it’s normal to feel anxious now and then, uncontrollable and ongoing anxiety might warrant treatment with the Ultimate Psychiatry team.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Common signs and symptoms associated with a generalized anxiety disorder include:
- Constant fear, worry, or nervousness
- A feeling of impending doom
- Difficulty handling uncertainty
- Problems concentrating
- Inability to relax
- Feeling restless or on-edge
- Fear of making the wrong decision
- Fatigue or sleeping problems
In addition to generalized anxiety, more specific types of anxiety exist. Examples include social anxiety disorder, substance-abuse anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, and selective mutism. Your personalized treatment plan depends on the type and severity of your anxiety disorder.
What are the risk factors for anxiety?
Anxiety can happen to anybody in any situation, but certain factors boost your risk of experiencing it. Examples include a family history of anxiety, genetics, past traumatic life events, stress, and medical conditions, as well as drug or alcohol misuse. If anxiety negatively affects relationships, work, school, or your happiness, see the Ultimate Psychiatry team for an evaluation.
How does my provider diagnose anxiety?
To diagnose anxiety and develop an effective treatment, your Ultimate Psychiatry specialist asks questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. They complete a physical examination and might have you undergo blood tests to detect or rule out underlying medical problems. Your psychiatrist also conducts a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation.
What are the standard anxiety treatment options?
Depending on the severity of anxiety you experience, your Ultimate Psychiatrist might recommend one of the following treatments:
At-home remedies that can reduce anxiety symptoms include staying physically active, getting enough sleep, relaxation techniques, eating healthy foods, avoiding recreational drugs and alcohol, not smoking, and cutting back on caffeine.
During counseling sessions, your provider works with you to develop cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies, including exposure therapy, to reduce anxiety symptoms.
Dr. Tukdi and his team offer anti-anxiety medications as a last resort if other anxiety treatments haven’t worked. They might combine medications with lifestyle changes and therapy to optimize your outcome.
Don’t let anxiety take over your life when numerous effective treatments can optimize your mental health and well-being. Schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with Ultimate Psychiatry by phone or online today.