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Anxiety


You're not alone if anxiety interrupts your ability to enjoy life. More than half of adults diagnosed with anxiety have moderate to severe cases that disrupt their daily routine as they avoid the people, places, and events that trigger it. Mark Chaney, LPC, has years of experience offering personalized therapy that supports your ability to overcome anxiety. If you have ongoing or overwhelming anxiety, schedule a telemedicine appointment by calling the office in Fort Worth, Texas, or using the online booking feature today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is fear that arises when you face a stressful or dangerous situation. These feelings trigger an automatic surge of hormones that give you the energy to deal with the challenge. Usually, your hormones return to normal, and your anxiety disappears when the dreaded situation ends.

Everyone deals with anxiety that comes and goes. However, constant or overwhelming anxiety may signal an anxiety disorder. When you frequently feel anxious, have intense anxiety, or change your daily life to avoid anxiety-provoking people or circumstances, you might have an anxiety disorder. 

Are there different types of anxiety?

There are several types of anxiety disorders. Four of the most common include:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

GAD causes excessive worry that focuses on daily issues, such as your job, family, health, children, chores, and even car repairs.

Social anxiety disorder

If you feel anxious when you need to meet new people or perform in front of others, you may have a social anxiety disorder.

Separation anxiety disorder

You may think separation anxiety disorder affects only children, but it also occurs in adults. Separation anxiety arises from a fear that harm will come to you or the significant people in your life when you're apart.

Specific phobia

A specific phobia refers to an intense fear of an object or situation. Common phobias include a fear of flying, needles, or spiders.

What symptoms occur if I have anxiety?

Anxiety causes a range of emotional and physical symptoms, including:

  • Fear
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat

In some, anxiety leads to panic attacks. The symptoms of a panic attack — chest pain, sweating, and shortness of breath — often make you feel like you’re having a heart attack.

How is anxiety treated?

After talking with you and learning about your symptoms, Mark completes a psychological assessment. In addition to accurately diagnosing anxiety, your evaluation shows if you have other mental health challenges that can accompany anxiety-like depression.

If you have severe anxiety or panic attacks, you may need anti-anxiety medications; however, your treatment usually begins with therapy. Mark has extensive experience in therapeutic techniques that effectively help you overcome anxiety, including cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy.

If anxiety affects your daily life, call Mark Chaney, LPC, or schedule a telemedicine appointment online today.

Mark Chaney LPC