Before you even get out of bed in the morning, your anxiety ramps up, and you wonder just how much it’s going to interfere with your day. Will you be productive at work or school, or is your goal simply to get through the day? Do you dread heading out into a world you once very much enjoyed?
The first point we want to make is that you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition in the United States and affect nearly 20% of the adult population.
The second point is that there is help for anxiety, which Dr. Sanjoy Sathpathy and our team offer at So Cal Psychiatric Care. If your anxiety has gone beyond excessive worry, and it’s starting to hijack your life, know there are solutions.
The term anxiety isn’t one condition but a catchall for many different mental health issues, including:
What these disorders have in common is that they lead to excessive anxiety, or a state of fight-or-flight that's interfering with your life. This state is one in which fear, dread, and worry overshadow your thoughts and actions and lead to avoidance.
Everyone experiences stress, worry, or fear on occasion — it’s part of being human. When you have an anxiety disorder, however, you’re “stuck” in this state, and it can influence your behaviors and how well you’re able to function.
For example, if you have a fear of germs, you may excessively wash your hands and avoid being around other people. Or, if you have PTSD, you may avoid certain places, people, or events. Even generalized anxiety can affect how well you’re able to function, as your mind seems full of buzzing white noise, and you can’t concentrate or focus.
Not to mention, anxiety disorders can also take a physical toll and lead to headaches, muscle aches, and stomach upset.
Our point is that an anxiety disorder that interferes with your mental or physical well-being warrants attention. You shouldn’t live as a prisoner to your anxiety, and if you’re restructuring your life to accommodate the issue, it’s time to get help.
If you want to break free from your anxiety, we first sit down with you to evaluate the extent of the condition. From there, we work to find the best path forward, which typically includes a combination of therapies, including:
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for anxiety, and we work tirelessly to find the treatments that work best for you.
To break free from your anxiety and get on the road to improved mental health, call 858-923-5226 or book an appointment online today.