Priscilla Omoleme | Psychiatric Mental Health

Anxiety Disorders

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Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety disorder is a common mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of fear, worry, and apprehension. It goes beyond the normal experience of occasional stress and can significantly impact a person’s daily life.

Symptoms of anxiety disorder can manifest in various ways, including excessive worrying, restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances. Individuals with anxiety disorder often experience a sense of impending doom or danger, even in situations that may not pose a real threat.

There are different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder (SAD), specific phobias, and separation anxiety disorder, among others. Each type has its unique features and triggers.

Expert Anxiety Disorder Diagnosis & Treatment | Personalized Care
Expert Anxiety Disorder Diagnosis & Treatment | Personalized Care

When to Seek Help

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Interference with daily life

If anxiety disrupts your ability to perform regular tasks or engage in social activities.

Significant distress

When anxiety causes significant emotional distress that you find challenging to control or manage on your own.

Persistent symptoms

If anxiety symptoms persist for an extended period, typically lasting more than a few weeks, with no signs of improvement.

Physical health impact

When anxiety starts to manifest in physical symptoms and affects your overall health.

Sleep disturbances

If anxiety-related sleep issues, such as trouble falling or staying asleep, become a regular occurrence and impact your well-being.

Remember, these are just general guidelines, and individual experiences may vary. If you have concerns about anxiety, it’s always best to consult with a mental health professional for personalized assessment and guidance.

Screening Tools Used

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The GAD-7 is a commonly used screening tool designed to assess the severity of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) symptoms. It consists of a brief questionnaire that helps identify individuals who may be experiencing significant anxiety and may require further evaluation or treatment.

The GAD-7 questionnaire consists of seven questions, each assessing different symptoms associated with GAD, such as excessive worry, restlessness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Participants are asked to rate the frequency of each symptom over the past two weeks on a scale ranging from “not at all” to “nearly every day.”

What to Expect from Therapy

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Living with anxiety disorder can be challenging, but effective treatment approaches are available. Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), can help individuals develop coping mechanisms and challenge negative thought patterns. Medications, such as anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants, may also be prescribed to manage symptoms.

At our practice, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders. Our dedicated team, led by Priscilla, a skilled psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, is committed to providing personalized care and support. We work closely with each patient to develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses their specific needs and goals.

If you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety disorder, we are here to help. Reach out to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards regaining control of your mental well-being.

Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety Disorders