Anxiety

It is very gratifying professionally to treat patients with anxiety and see the improvements in their condition. There have been significant scientific advances in our understanding of anxiety and different types of treatments that are effective.

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My Experience As A Psychiatrist Treating Anxiety Disorder

I have treated patients with Anxiety Disorders for a number of years. There are a several therapeutic approaches to Anxiety that have been to shown to be effective in helping patients manage their symptoms. As an expert in treating Anxiety in the Boston area, I know I can help you or your loved one. Please contact me today via telephone on (617) 932-1548 or email ForPatients@DrDavidBrendel.com.

I Frequently See Patients With Anxiety Disorders

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There are a number of different types of anxiety disorders I see in my practice: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (or social phobia), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and specific phobias (such as fear of snakes to an extent that people will take extreme measures - such as not going to the State of Florida). The symptoms for each type of anxiety disorder are different but they generally include an excessive, perhaps irrational fear and dread.

Social Anxiety Disorder is experienced as an overwhelming anxious feeling that someone is watching and judging you. This fear and worry of humiliation might be so strong that it occurs whenever you're around people or sometimes only in certain situations. Often it interferes with work and school and can be quite debilitating. Social Anxiety Disorder is equally likely to affect men and women and is often accompanied by other problems such as depression or substance abuse.

Panic disorder is a real illness for which there are successful treatments. Symptoms of panic disorder include sudden attacks of terror usually accompanied by a pounding heart, sweatiness, weakness, faintness, or dizziness. People may experience chest pain, a smothering sensation or nausea. Patients sometimes say that they have a sense of unreality, a fear of impending doom or a fear of losing control.

Doctors diagnose social phobia (or social anxiety disorder) if a person has an intense, persistent and chronic fear of being watched and judged others and of doing things that will embarrass him or her. Worry can consume the person for days or weeks before a social function and can interfere with their ordinary activities at home, school or work. Social phobia can be successfully treated with psychotherapy and medications.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious illness that results from a terrifying incident that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. PTSD can also develop for people who were not directly harmed if they witnessed such a terrifying ordeal or if it happened to a loved one.

In public, PTSD is often associated with soldiers returning from the horrors of war. But PTSD can also develop from the horrors of natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods. Additionally PTSD may result from physical attacks including rape.

Patients with PTSD can startle easily, loose interest in activities they enjoyed before, and become emotionally distant or numb. Certain kinds of medicines and psychotherapies can treat the symptoms of PTSD very effectively.

If you think that you or someone you care about may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, please contact me.

Diagnosing and Treating Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is very prevalent. Public health officials estimate that 40 million Americans experience anxiety each year.

Diagnosing anxiety that needs treatment can be difficult. Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree, almost daily. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. This reaction can help people deal with tense situations such as preparing for a speech or studying for an exam. In general, anxiety can be a very helpful coping mechanism.

Some people, however, experience an excess of anxiety. For them, anxiety is not mild and brief but is prolonged and intense. Often, their anxiety can become so intense that it interferes with their daily activities. To their loved ones, it can appear that the person is anxious without sufficient reason to be so anxious. And it can appear that the person is having trouble shaking or overcoming this anxiety. When this occurs for six months or longer, doctors begin to consider diagnosing a level of anxiety that could benefit from treatment.

Effective therapies for treating anxiety are available. Research is uncovering new treatments that can help people with an Anxiety diagnosis lead productive, fulfilling lives. For help with all types of anxiety disorders, contact me today via telephone on (617) 932-1548 or email ForPatients@DrDavidBrendel.com.