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Anxiety Specialist

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatry

Atara Health Solutions

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatry located in Gainesville, VA

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 Q & A

What is anxiety?

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.

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

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).

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Symptoms of anxiety disorders vary depending on the type you have. Typical symptoms are:

Generalized anxiety disorder

  • Getting tired easily
  • Feeling nervous or wound up
  • Irritability
  • Trouble focusing
  • Mind going “blank”
  • Muscular tension
  • Constantly worrying
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep


  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of heights 
  • Fear of blood or injections
  • Fear of specific animals or insects
  • Agoraphobia (fear of outdoor spaces)
  • Social anxiety disorder (fear of being judged)
  • Separation anxiety disorder (fear of being separated from or losing a loved one)

Panic disorder

  • Heart palpitations
  • Fast heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feeling like you’re choking or smothering
  • Feeling like you’re dying

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Fear of germs
  • Obsessive, taboo thoughts of sex or religion
  • Aggressive thoughts toward self or others
  • Needing to create symmetry in environment
  • Excessive hand washing
  • Compulsive counting
  • Temporary anxiety relief through compulsive rituals
  • No pleasure in compulsive rituals
  • Physical tics 

Many women, men, and teens with GAD also have other types of anxiety, including phobias and OCD.

What are the most effective treatments for anxiety disorders?

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:

Anti-anxiety medications

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.