Anxiety Testing & Treatment in Philadelphia, PA

It is normal at times to feel anxious or worried. Sometimes these feelings can even interfere with daily activities or make it difficult to carry out a normal routine. You may even avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings from occurring.

Anxiety disorder treatment is receiving care for a certain type of anxiety through psychotherapy or medical care. At Ninth Street Internal Medicine our highly-trained physicians provide comprehensive testing & treatment for patients suffering from anxiety in Philadelphia, PA. They will take the time to answer any questions you may have and provide a treatment plan tailored to you and your lifestyle. For more information, contact our office at (215) 440-8681 and schedule an appointment today!

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Symptoms of anxiety may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.

Emotional symptoms may include:

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling tense or jumpy
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Being watchful for signs of danger

Physical symptoms may include:

  • Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Tremors and twitches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Upset stomach, frequent urination or diarrhea

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are several different types of anxiety disorders.  These include:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – exaggerated worry about everyday life
Social anxiety disorder-intense fear about social interaction
Phobias – places, events or objects create powerful reactions of strong, irrational fear
Agoraphobia – a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed
Selective mutism – a severe anxiety disorder where a person is unable to speak in certain social situations, such as with classmates at school or to relatives they do not see very often
Separation anxiety disorder – fear of being separated from a particular person, persons, or even a pet
Substance/medication – induced anxiety disorder, involving intoxication or withdrawal or medication treatment

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age.

What is the Treatment for Anxiety Disorders?

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a popular treatment method used by many mental health care providers.

This therapeutic method can be implemented across a variety of mental illnesses, and its ultimate goal is to bring about improvements in your health. You can learn tools to use and strategies to cope with anxiety when it occurs.

Medication is also available as a treatment option for anxiety and usually involves antidepressants and sedatives. These medications help to balance brain and body chemistry, prevent anxiety episodes, and curb the severity of symptoms. Talk to your doctor to see if medication is the best route for your anxiety.

When should I schedule an appointment at Ninth Street Internal Medicine?

If your anxiety is interfering with your family, work, or everyday life, you should seek professional help.

Talking to a medical professional can help if your fear or worry is unmanageable or you feel like it is getting out of control.  Your worries may not go away on their own, and they may get worse over time if you don’t seek help.  Six months is a good measure to see if things are improving or getting worse.

If you have suicidal thoughts or behaviors, seek emergency treatment immediately.

See a provider before your anxiety ruins your life or your relationships. It’s easier to treat if you get help early. The ultimate goal is to bring about improvements in your everyday life.

Schedule an Appointment at Ninth Street Internal Medicine Today!

Is anxiety disrupting your quality of life? Contact Ninth Street Internal Medicine at (215) 440-8681 today to speak with one of our providers.

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