Though feeling anxious from time to time is normal, if you’re in a continual state of unease, you may have an anxiety disorder. Norman Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC — a caring psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of LGBTQ-friendly Atara Health Solutions in Gainesville, Virginia — treats anxiety and associated disorders, including phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with effective prescription medication. If you live or work in Gainesville or the surrounding areas, contact Atara Health Solutions. You can schedule a consultation by phone or online form.
Anxiety is a mental health disorder in which you feel nervous, worried, or ill at ease for all or much of the time. An anxiety disorder differs from short-term anxious feelings that arise when you’re about to take a test or go on a date. When you have anxiety disorder, your anxious feelings persist even without a stressful event.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is worrying or feeling anxious or nervous for much of the day — and for most days — for at least six months. Other types of anxiety disorders include phobias — which are fears of objects, animals, or situations that most people find innocuous — as well as panic disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Symptoms of anxiety disorders vary depending on the type you have. Typical symptoms are:
Many women, men, and teens with GAD also have other types of anxiety, including phobias and OCD.
At Atara Health Solutions, your psychiatric nurse practitioner prescribes effective medications based on your symptoms and the type or types of anxiety disorder you have. Examples of these medications include:
Short-term use of benzodiazepines can alleviate worry, fears, and panic attacks.
Antidepressants, such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can alleviate the obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors of OCD, regulate mood, and reduce stress.
Beta-blockers reduce rapid heart rates and control other physical symptoms of anxiety, including trembling and blushing.
To get relief from your anxiety and related disorders, contact the Atara Health Solutions team today by phone or use the online form.