Is Telehealth Effective for Anxiety Treatment?
People who suffer from anxiety disorders usually worry and fret excessively over commonplace events. Anxiety disorders sometimes entail recurrent episodes of acute anxiety, fear, or terror that peak in a matter of minutes (panic attacks). Get the virtual help at Reliable Mental Health, serving O’Fallon MO, and surrounding areas! See our operating hours to book an online consultation.
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Anxiety is the reaction your mind and body have to situations that are unfamiliar, stressful, or dangerous. Prior to a significant event happening, the feelings of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel leading up to it are symptoms of anxiety. While some anxiety is completely normal and our body and mind’s natural reaction keeps us aware and alert in new or unfamiliar situations, some people suffer from a severe anxiety disorder which can be completely debilitating for them. In a severe anxiety disorder, individuals will experience physical symptoms such as muscle tension and an increased heart rate in response to a perceived or real threat. Severe anxiety disorders fall under the umbrella of mental health disorders as they are far more serious and impactful than a simple case of the nerves.
It is completely normal to feel some degree of anxiety and everyone will experience natural anxiety at some point or another, or at several points, throughout their life. It is important to note that this type of anxiety is not the same as an anxiety disorder. Severe anxiety disorders can be caused by several different factors, depending on the type of anxiety the individual is feeling. While risk factors have been identified for developing an anxiety disorder, there is no single factor that is a definitive cause. Most individuals who experience anxiety experience multiple types of the disorder, called comorbidities, typically with the same underlying cause. Additional causes of an anxiety disorder include environmental factors, medical conditions, behavioral choices, genetics, demographics,
There are several different types of anxieties, with the 5 major anxiety disorder types being:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in which individuals experience chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry, and tension although there may be nothing to cause it.
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) causes repetitive behaviors, the compulsion part, or unwanted, recurrent thoughts, the obsessive part. The mind thinks that by completing the compulsive behaviors, the obsessive thoughts will go away, but doing so only provides temporary relief.
• Panic Disorder causes unexpected and repeated spells of intense fear along with physical symptoms such as chest pain, heart palpitations, dizziness, abdominal stress, and shortness of breath.
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) follows a traumatic event or ordeal in which grave physical harm was threatened or experienced. The individual experiences physical and mental anxiety that can cause them to feel like they are experiencing immediate danger all over again even if there is no threat.
• Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder, causes a person to feel excessively self-conscious or experience an unnaturally high level of anxiety in social typesetting. It can be directed at one type of setting such as speaking in front of others, or it can be broader and affect any social situation.
Anxiety can present itself in many different ways, depending on the type of anxiety and the situation that causes the individual to feel anxious. The symptoms of anxiety can include restlessness, agitation, irritability, panic, irrational fear of danger, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, sleep issues, headache, stomach ache, pounding or racing heart, insomnia, trembling, excessive fear, worrying, and muscle tension. Some situations or events can cause us to feel mild symptoms of anxiety as a normal reaction, but they will recede once the stressor is no longer there. For people who suffer from an anxiety disorder, the anxious feelings can be excessive and continue even once the situation has passed.
The good news is that anxiety and anxiety disorders can be treated and managed through telehealth. Our board-certified nurse practitioner Farah Shaddix provides a comprehensive treatment approach to anxiety disorders for all patients. We will work with you to diagnose your anxiety triggers and help you come up with a plan to manage them that will encompass your mental, physical, emotional, and social health. We provide a wide array of mental health service treatments. Whether you are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or simply would benefit from talking to an expert about your life, Reliable Mental Health has you covered. We serve patients from O’Fallon MO, Osage Beach MO, Kansas City MO, Springfield, MO, Chesterfield MO, St. Louis MO, St. Charles MO, St. Peters MO, Wentzville MO, and surrounding areas!