Anxiety is a normal part of life and it can be helpful in small doses. Being nervous before a test might motivate you to study, or anxiety before a presentation could drive you to prepare. However, anxiety can become a problem when it interferes with everyday life.
Some people experience extreme anxiety that keeps them from trying new things and excelling at work, school, or other areas in their life. This level of anxiety can be categorized as an anxiety disorder.
Living with anxiety can be exhausting, but know that anxiety disorders can be treated and managed. Anxiety psychiatrists are mental health professionals with the skills to treat anxiety disorders. They specialize in helping people manage their mental health problems and find a sense of mental peace.
If you’re experiencing feelings of anxiety, we want you to know that support is available. Working with a psychiatrist from Thriveworks Counseling in Baltimore, MD can help you find relief.
Common Types of Anxiety
Anxiety looks different for everyone, and there are many types of anxiety disorders with a variety of symptoms. Some of the most common are:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): People with generalized anxiety disorder experience excessive anxiety or worry on a daily basis. It’s usually diagnosed after someone reports having anxiety almost every day for six months or longer. People with generalized anxiety disorder report feeling restless, wound-up, easily fatigued, and irritable. They can sometimes have difficulty concentrating and have issues with their mind going blank.
- Social anxiety disorder: People with this type of anxiety have a fear of social or performance-based situations. They worry that others will notice their anxiety and judge them for it. This causes people to avoid social situations and can cause problems in work or school. Social anxiety disorder can keep you from building relationships and hurt your social growth.
- Panic disorder: People with this type of anxiety disorder experience panic attacks that can come on unexpectedly or be triggered by something external. Panic attacks involve intense fear that starts quickly and peaks within the course of a few minutes. Symptoms of a panic attack can include heart palpitations, sweating, shaking or trembling, shortness of breath, and a feeling of impending doom. Attacks can be scary and difficult, so many people with a panic disorder spend a lot of time avoiding situations that could trigger them.
Generally, anxiety is considered a disorder when it interferes with a person’s life and keeps them from completing normal tasks. Unfortunately, anxiety disorders can worsen over time if not treated. If you’re suffering from anxiety, consider reaching out for support. Psychiatrists from Thriveworks Counseling in Baltimore, MD are here to help.
What Can I Expect From an Anxiety Psychiatrist?
Anxiety can feel suffocating, but know that it’s treatable by an anxiety psychiatrist. Many of our clients show significant progress and report a better quality of life after working with one of the mental health professionals at Thriveworks.
Many effective treatments exist for anxiety disorders and a qualified anxiety psychiatrist can help you manage your anxiety. Treatment looks different for everyone but anxiety disorders are usually managed using psychotherapy, medication, or a mix of the two.
Psychotherapy is a talk-based therapy where your psychiatrist gets to know you, your goals, and the source of your anxiety. They’ll develop an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Psychotherapy often focuses on teaching new ways of thinking about anxiety and its causes. You might have “homework” between sessions where you implement a technique learned in therapy and report back on how it made you feel. Psychiatrists can also teach you stress reduction and mindfulness techniques that can help you notice and reduce anxiety as it flares up.
Your psychiatrist might also prescribe medication to help manage your anxiety and stabilize your mood. Anxiety medication can reduce your symptoms and make them more manageable. If you are prescribed medication, your psychiatrist will explain what it does and walk you through any side effects it could cause.
Psychiatrist Appointments –– Schedule Today at Thriveworks in Baltimore, MD
Have you ever struggled with anxiety? Consider working with a psychiatrist from Thriveworks Counseling in Baltimore, MD. They’ll create a judgment-free space to help you improve your mental health.
At Thriveworks, we know that fitting counseling or therapy into your schedule can be difficult. That’s why we offer extended weekend and evening hours, convenient online therapy options via phone or video chat, and a flexible cancellation policy –– just contact us up to 23.5 hours before your appointment to reschedule for a more convenient time.
Taking time to focus on your mental health can help you find a sense of peace and calm. Call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Baltimore, MD if you’ve ever thought about seeing a psychiatrist for anxiety. Our scheduling team is standing by to find a time that works for you and answer any questions you have about the process.