When Does Anxiety Warrant Professional Help?

Life is very uncertain right now amid the coronavirus pandemic. You may be anxious and find it difficult to cope with everything that’s going on. It's normal to be nervous, but if your anxiety has taken over your life it may be time to seek professional help. 

Anxiety disorders impact nearly 20 percent of all American adults. Here at Uptown Psychiatry Specialists, our doctors are here to support your mental health. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide to help you learn more about anxiety, and when it's time to get help.

What anxiety is

Anxiety is an umbrella term that covers a group of mental health disorders, including:

Generalized anxiety disorder, the most common one, places your body in an almost constant state of fight-or-flight mode. A phenomenon where your body responds to stress by releasing a barrage of stress hormones into your bloodstream.

While our bodies evolved to react this way to stress, when you have an anxiety disorder, your body spends way too much time in this state of constant heightened stress. This in turn takes a huge toll on your mental and physical health. 

When it’s time to get help

Regardless of the type of anxiety disorder you have, anxiety can significantly lower your quality of life, leaving you in a world where you’re constantly surrounded by irrational fears. While everyone experiences stress and fearful moments from time to time, you should seek professional help if anxiety:

Anxiety doesn’t just impact your mental health, it can also impact your physical health. Anxiety can cause physical symptoms like digestive problems, migraines, or chronic pain. 

If your anxiety makes you feel trapped in a constant state of excessive fear and worry, then it’s time to seek out professional help.

How we treat anxiety 

Luckily, there's good news. Anxiety disorders are completely treatable. And our team will provide you with experienced and compassionate care that’ll help you get back to living your best life.

We tailor your treatment plan to address your unique needs, symptoms, and goals. You can choose to treat your anxiety with psychotherapy, medications, behavior modification, or a combination approach. Don't worry, we'll help you decide on the best treatment option for you.

Don’t let your anxiety disorder take over and keep you from living the life you want. For more information on treating your anxiety contact our office by calling 773-989-2780 or booking an appointment online.

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Joel has spent his life and career pursuing greater knowledge, understanding, and treatment of the human condition. His resume reflects over twenty years’ experience.