Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes such as increased blood pressure. General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of things. People with GAD may anticipate danger, be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, school, and relationships. Dealing with uncertainty in a rapidly changing economic and political environment may also be a cause of anxiety. People exhibiting symptoms of anxiety may worry beyond what is generally viewed as normal responses to such conditions and expect the worst outcomes to any worrisome thoughts. A diagnosis of Anxiety is warranted when these intrusive thoughts cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, academic, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
There are five types of anxiety disorders as described in the government Website HHS.gov (search for anxiety)
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD)
A free self-assessment with therapeutic suggestions for selfcare for anxiety symptoms can be found at anxieties.com. (self assessment). The test can help you more accurately pinpoint the type of anxiety you are experiencing and aid in the kind of treatment that would be most effective in helping you ease symptoms and return to a healthy, highly functioning style of life. The test can be effectively used with children and adolescents under the guidance of a parent or caregiver. Should results of the test indicate that your symptoms are interfering with your relationships or daily functioning please contact Quality Behavioral Health at 401-681-4274 for further assessment and treatment.
The most effective treatments for various anxiety symptoms involve Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or a combination of CBT and medical management.
QBH Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers trained in evidence-based treatment modalities are available to help you overcome your symptoms of anxiety and to deal effectively with the difficulties you may be experiencing.
Twelve Board Certified Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are available to provide assessment and medication management of your symptoms. Treatment with medications by experienced prescribers can help with panic attacks, obsessions and worries, general anxiety, simple phobias, social anxieties, and a combination of depression and anxiety or panic.
Keep in mind that there is no magic pill for anxiety disorders, and that even if medication is indicated it is in combination with psychotherapy that the best and enduring effects are attained.
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