Anxiety Disorders

anxiety disorders

Anxiety is often characterized by excessive fear, worry, or dread as well as ruminating thoughts. While anxiety can be a normal and healthy response to a stressful situation, when it becomes overwhelming and difficult to control it can significantly interfere with one’s daily life.  The result is often avoiding activities common in day to day living.  If these feelings are not addressed appropriately they may worsen and intensify to extreme levels.  Luckily, effective therapies exist which can help alleviate the fears associated with anxiety disorders, allowing you to return to a normally functional life.

Proper diagnosis by an experienced Psychiatrist is critical in the management of Anxiety Disorders since various medical conditions and other psychiatric illnesses can present themselves as anxiety.  Psychiatric Associates of Pennsylvania will help diagnose medical conditions which contribute to, or cause, anxiety.  After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and medical work up, we work with our patients in developing an individualized treatment plan which targets the psychiatric, medical, and environmental factors which contribute to their anxiety.

Often, anxiety can lead to drug use in an attempt to control or blunt those feelings of intense fear.  Treatment of drug and alcohol problems is crucial in developing a treatment plan since they significantly hinder the therapeutic process.  Psychiatric Associates of Pennsylvania has Addiction Specialists who can help manage your addictions.

Various types of anxiety disorders exist including:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Phobias (including social phobia, agoraphobia, and phobias to specific stimuli or situations)

We can help identify medical and psychiatric conditions which contribute to anxiety disorders.  Through a combination of psychotherapy and medical management we can help devise a treatment plan specific to your needs, alleviating your anxiety and allowing you to take control of your life once again.