At Washington Square West, Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill-based SandpiperMD, Inc., Dr. Jonathan A. Beatty has treated many Philadelphia residents who struggled with anxiety disorders. He helps patients identify the connections between anxiety and substance use leading to a deeper appreciation for the symptoms and how to alleviate them. The best way to think about anxiety is to think about that fight-or-flight mode being constantly activated. This is also known as a hyperadrenergic state and can be caused by several factors. It is essential to rule out medical causes of anxiety and substance use can play a terrible role in the intensity of anxiety.
Anxiety treatment helps patients who suffer from anxiety disorders that interfere with their daily life. Treatment may include both therapy sessions and medication, depending on a patient’s specific symptoms. It also may be used as a temporary or a more long-term solution to managing anxiety.
The symptoms of an anxiety attack are similar to those of a heart attack, although one is caused by worry and the other by a heart condition. Common symptoms include difficulty breathing, an elevated heart rate, flushing of the skin, and chest pain. Attacks can make people think they’re going to faint or, because they’re similar to and can be mistaken for heart attacks, suffer heart failure.
Anxiety and panic attacks are very similar, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. The main difference is the cause of the attack. Anxiety attacks are provoked by a specific stressor, whereas panic attacks aren’t linked to any one instigating thing. Both anxiety and panic attacks have similar symptoms.
While anxiety attacks are debilitating for a short time, anxiety disorders interfere with routine life for a prolonged time. People who suffer from anxiety disorders are often constantly in a state of fear or worry, and these feelings impact their day-to-day life. Often, people suffer from both anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders.
Anyone who has had anxiety interfere with doing something may want to talk with a doctor about anxiety treatment. Treatments are available for both anxiety attacks that set in quickly and anxiety disorders that are more continual.
Doctors can use a combination of medication and therapy to treat anxiety. How the two options are combined depends on a patient’s symptoms.