Anxiety Specialist

Psychiatry and Counseling located in Ann Arbor, Clarkston, Fort Gratiot, Lansing, Monroe, Plymouth, Wayne, Wixom and Wyandotte, MI

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Anxiety can sometimes become a mental health disorder so severe you struggle to function. If anxiety is taking all the joy from your life, the team at Pure Psychiatry of Michigan can help. At their offices in Lansing, Monroe, Plymouth, Wayne, Wixom, and Wyandotte Michigan, the staff offer diagnostic testing and expert therapies that help you reduce the devastating effects of an anxiety disorder. To find out more, call or go online today to book an appointment.

What is anxiety?

In everyday life, anxiety is just one of the many normal emotions people experience. Feeling anxious about something like a job interview or hospital appointment is something everyone experiences. However, for some people, anxiety starts to take over, becoming a permanent state of mind that causes severe psychological and physical symptoms.

Some typical symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Feeling tense or on edge all the time
  • Restlessness and fidgeting
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems sleeping
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Faster breathing
  • Sweating
  • Trembling

The physical symptoms of anxiety can peak in a panic attack. These can cause you to freeze or make you feel like you’ve lost control. Panic attacks can cause chest pain and shortness of breath that can feel like a heart attack.

In an effort to avoid panic attacks and the other distressing symptoms of anxiety, you might stop doing any activities that are likely to worsen your symptoms or trigger an attack.

Are there different kinds of anxiety disorders?

The most common anxiety-related condition is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). With this type of anxiety disorder, virtually everything in your life is a source of anxiety, from what to cook for dinner or watch on TV to worrying you have a serious disease or feeling overwhelmed by stories in the news.

Other kinds of anxiety disorders include:

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder is where your symptoms focus on interacting with other people.

Separation anxiety

More common in children, separation anxiety is extreme distress when parted from a caregiver or other important person.

Panic disorder

Panic disorder sets in when you start suffering frequent panic attacks.

Specific phobias

Phobias are irrational fears of things that are harmless or fears that are out of proportion to the threat posed. Common phobias include spiders, flying, heights, and germs.

Pure Psychiatry of Michigan can help patients with all types of anxiety.

How are anxiety disorders treated?

Pure Psychiatry of Michigan’s experienced providers begin by performing a comprehensive evaluation where you describe your symptoms and talk about your lifestyle, work, family, and other key aspects of your life. You might also fill in a questionnaire like the GAD-7, which assesses the severity of your condition.

Your provider can then advise you on the most helpful treatment. This is likely to include anti-anxiety medications to help stabilize your mood, alongside talk therapies.

Psychotherapy can help by dealing with the underlying causes of your anxiety. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is also useful as it helps you learn to address and manage your fears.

If your anxiety is interfering with everyday life, call Pure Psychiatry of Michigan today or book an appointment online.