Anxiety disorders are a common mental health condition affecting millions of people in the United States every year. Angela Harvey, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, is an experienced practitioner who takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to treating anxiety at A1 Medical & Behavioral Health in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Harvey creates personalized care plans that focus on treating and healing the underlying cause of your anxiety. For patient-centered mental health care from a compassionate provider, call or schedule your in-office or telemedicine appointment online today.

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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is the fear, worry, or nervousness you feel when facing stressful situations. It’s a normal physiological response to stress. Once the stress resolves, so should your anxiety.

However, many people experience overwhelming and persistent anxiety that affects how they live their life. If you feel nervous or worried all the time and it’s affecting how you think, feel, or behave, you may have an anxiety disorder.

A1 Medical & Behavioral Health provides comprehensive care for people struggling with anxiety disorders.

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

There are several types of anxiety disorders. Each type has its own set of triggers and symptoms. Common types of anxiety disorders include:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

GAD causes overwhelming and exaggerated feelings of fear and worry about everyday things like money, work, or health. The worry and fear takes up hours of time, making it hard to function normally.

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder is an overwhelming fear of social interactions. People with social anxiety disorder worry they may say the wrong thing or not know what to say in social situations and humiliate themselves.

Panic disorder

Panic disorder is when you have frequent, unexpected panic attacks.

Panic is the most intense feeling of fear and causes emotional and physical symptoms. During a panic attack you may feel an overwhelming sense of doom, short of breath, dizzy, or shaky.

Phobias

Phobias are irrational fears of objects or circumstances, such as fear of heights or spiders.

Researchers theorize that a combination of genetic and environmental factors cause anxiety disorders.

What can I expect during an evaluation for anxiety?

You can expect a compassionate and comprehensive evaluation when you visit A1 Medical & Behavioral Health for help with your anxiety. Mrs. Harvey uses innovative testing tools to fully understand how you think and feel and to formulate an accurate diagnosis.

She also asks detailed questions about your symptoms, home and work life, stressors, and medical and mental health history.

What treatments can help my anxiety?

Mrs. Harvey customizes your anxiety treatment plan based on the type of disorder you have, the severity of your symptoms, and your personal needs and goals.

Your plan may include a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, and alternative therapies. Mrs. Harvey uses GeneSight® DNA testing for psychiatric medication, helping her personalize your medication management plan.

Call A1 Medical & Behavioral Health today or schedule your consultation online to get help for your anxiety.