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Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness, and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders can present in several different patterns.


Treatment Plans to Manage Anxiety Disorders in Adults in Minnesota

Often, people don't recognize the feelings they are experiencing are related to an anxiety disorder. They may sense that something isn't right, but struggle with how to cope and hope the symptoms will simply go away on their own. There is no “quick fix” for anxiety, but symptoms can be alleviated with the right treatment plan.

The psychiatric specialists at West End Consultation Group take a caring and comprehensive approach to assessing and treating generalized anxiety disorder and other forms of anxiety in adults. Our providers work with you to understand your symptoms and find ways to manage your anxiety through a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a psychiatric provider in Minnesota to discuss your anxiety concerns.

How Do I Know if I Have Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness you experience before a job interview or going on a first date. In these situations, the feelings typically disappear once the situation is over, and the stressor is removed. However, with an anxiety disorder, the feelings do not go away with the stressor, or they may occur for unknown reasons. Some people may find their anxiety challenging to control or that it interferes with their daily activities. 

If you or someone you care about are experiencing these feelings, please schedule an appointment with one of our psychiatric specialists in Minnesota. Speaking with a licensed health professional is the only way to diagnose symptoms accurately. We look at your lifestyle, current medications, and your overall health to create a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

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What are common symptoms of anxiety?

There are several types of anxiety, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social AnxietyObsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Performance Anxiety, and others. The kind of anxiety the person is experiencing may also have specific traits. Symptoms of anxiety can vary from one person to another making it important to receive an accurate diagnosis by a licensed professional

The symptoms associated with anxiety disorders vary depending on the individual, but often include:

  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Overwhelming fear or worry
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Startling easily
  • Fatigue, weakness or muscle aches 

 

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by a high level of baseline anxiety, with or without any triggering stressors. People living with generalized anxiety disorder typically experience chronic and excessive worrying that can cause physical symptoms, including headaches, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, muscle tension, restlessness, and irritability. This disproportionate level of stress and physical symptoms often have a significant negative impact on the sufferer’s family, job, social life, and finances.

Medication Management for Anxiety Disorders in Minnesota

Depending on the type and severity of your anxiety disorder, medication may be used as part of your treatment plan. We start with a full assessment of all current medications, including prescriptions, over the counter medications, and homeopathic treatments. From there, we will determine if modifications need to be made to your current regimen, including medication type and dosage. New medications may be introduced if necessary. We will also work with your primary care physician to discuss prescribed medications or health issues potentially contributing to your anxiety. 

 

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Therapy and Lifestyle Changes for Anxiety Disorders

Therapy is important because it teaches you how to identify your triggers and handle anxiety-producing situations.  Lifestyle changes such as exercise or limiting alcohol consumption may also be recommended as part of an anxiety treatment plan. Working in collaboration with your therapist and other care providers, our team will consider all factors in treating your anxiety disorder.  

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Schedule Your Consultation Today

Our team of psychiatric specialists in Minnesota provide care in an empathetic, non-judgmental manner. We complete a comprehensive assessment for accurate diagnosis and precise treatment for various psychiatric illnesses, including Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (Adult ADHD or ADD), mood and anxiety disorders, Bipolar Disorder, insomnia, and others. Schedule an appointment with our clinic located in St. Louis Park to get help with your anxiety. 

 
 
 
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