Anxiety serves an important role, as it energizes you to deal with a difficult or dangerous situation. But it’s time to seek help from experienced psychiatrist Ronnie Blount, MD, when anxiety lasts too long or keeps you constantly on edge. Those are signs you have an anxiety disorder that will only get worse without customized treatment. If you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, call the office in Milledgeville or Macon, Georgia, or request an appointment online today.
Everyone knows the worry or fear of anxiety. You automatically feel anxious every time you face a situation that you dread or poses a danger.
Everyday anxiety disappears after you face the situation. When anxiety sticks around or occurs frequently, chances are you have an anxiety disorder.
If you’re often anxious even when you don’t face an immediate threat or your anxiety makes you change your usual activities to avoid the dread, it’s time to seek help from Ronnie Blount, MD.
You can develop several anxiety disorders. The most common include:
If you have GAD, you frequently worry about daily life issues, even if you don’t face a pressing problem.
Social anxiety disorder causes severe anxiety anytime you need to meet new people, go to social events, or perform, such as giving a presentation at work or a report at school.
Specific phobias cause intense fear and anxiety for one object or situation. A fear of spiders, needles, and getting on an airplane are three of the most common.
Panic disorder occurs when you have repeated panic attacks.
Beyond worry, fear, and dread, you may experience:
Panic attacks cause sudden, severe symptoms, such as chest pain, dizziness, sweating, and difficulty breathing.
Several types of therapy can help anxiety, depending on the type of anxiety and its cause. But Dr. Blount specializes in the gold-standard treatment: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or various types of CBT, such as trauma-informed CBT and exposure and response prevention (ERP).
Therapies grounded in CBT teach you to recognize and change the way you think, behave, and react to the situations, people, and places that make you anxious.
Dr. Blount may also prescribe medications if you have severe anxiety or panic attacks. Anti-anxiety medications quickly ease your symptoms, but you can also develop a dependence, so they’re used for a limited time.
Depending on the source of your anxiety, Dr. Blount may also recommend alternative treatments that help you relax and reduce anxiety, like biofeedback and meditation.
If you need help with anxiety, call Ronnie Blount, MD, or connect online today.