Chronic anxiety affects the quality of life of more than 40 million adults in the United States. To help you manage intrusive thoughts and persistent worry, Amir Ahuja, MD, offers comprehensive treatment services for anxiety disorders. Dr. Ahuja customizes a treatment plan to your needs using talk therapy and prescription medications to help you regain control over your life. You don’t have to live with chronic anxiety. Call the Beverly Hills, California, office or book a diagnostic consultation online today.
Anxiety is a common mental health condition that causes you to feel excessive worry or fear, even if the situation doesn’t call for it.
While occasional anxiety is your body’s natural protection against danger and stress, people with an anxiety disorder get stuck in flight-or-fight mode and find it difficult to manage their thoughts and worries.
There are several types of anxiety disorders. Many people have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a condition where you worry excessively about money, health, or your family members for no specific reason.
Anxiety disorders can also include panic disorder, a condition where you experience sudden periods of intense fear when no danger is present. Phobias are another type of anxiety disorder that cause intense fear of a specific object, like snakes, or situations such as flying.
Your risk for developing an anxiety disorder depends on several genetic and environmental factors.
If you have a family history of anxiety, you might be at increased risk for developing the disorder too. You might also be more likely to develop anxiety if you have other mental health conditions such as depression.
If you’re under constant stress or have an underlying health condition, you might develop chronic anxiety in response to your situation.
The symptoms of an anxiety disorder can include excessive, intrusive thoughts that are difficult to control. You might also experience intense worry, guilt, or restlessness. The physical effects of anxiety can include:
The symptoms of an anxiety disorder can last six months or longer and get worse over time. Dr. Ahuja recommends scheduling a diagnostic evaluation for anxiety if you’re not able to manage your symptoms on your own and they’re affecting your quality of life.
An effective way to manage your anxiety disorder is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) helps you recognize unhealthy thoughts or behaviors, so you can change your reaction.
Dr. Ahuja might also combine therapy with anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications that work by changing the chemicals in your brain.
With regular therapy, you can learn to better cope with your symptoms. Dr. Ahuja can also closely monitor your progress with medication at your routine visits to ensure they’re working well for you. He can meet with you in-office and online through the available telemedicine platform.
As the director of psychiatry at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and president of The Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists (AGLP), Dr. Ahuja also addresses anxiety in individuals that can result from the unique challenges the LGBTQ community faces.
If you’re overwhelmed by chronic anxiety, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or by calling the office of Amir Ahuja, MD, today.