You may not be surprised to learn that nearly one-third of teens and adults struggle with anxiety, but did you know that anxiety disorders are diagnosed in 9% of children? The skilled team at Spero Psychiatry and Counseling in Gilbert, Arizona, specializes in helping people of all ages overcome anxiety. Their comprehensive care includes therapy, medication, and referral for advanced treatment options. Don’t wait to seek help for anxiety. Book an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment online or call Spero Psychiatry and Counseling today.

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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is the natural fear or dread that occurs when facing a dangerous or stressful situation. You can also develop anxiety that occurs frequently and seldom goes away, even when you aren’t confronting a known threat or challenge.

Being unable to shake anxiety or having such severe dread that you change your daily routine are signs of an anxiety disorder.

Are there different types of anxiety?

Yes, there are eight primary anxiety disorders. The five most common include:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

GAD causes excessive anxiety over everyday issues, such as your job, health, and family.

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder causes dread when you must attend a social activity, meet people, or perform in front of others (like giving a report at school or work).

Separation anxiety disorder

Separation anxiety affects children, teens, and adults. It often arises from the fear that something bad will happen to you or your family while you’re apart.

Specific phobias

A phobia is an intense fear of a specific animal, object, or activity, such as a fear of spiders or public speaking.

Panic disorder

Panic disorder occurs if you have frequent panic attacks. Panic attacks cause extreme physical symptoms that occur suddenly without an obvious trigger.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Every anxiety disorder has its own symptoms. But all anxiety disorders may cause any of the following:

  • Worry, fear, and dread
  • Restlessness and nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Racing thoughts
  • Difficulty concentrating

Panic attacks cause symptoms such as chest pain, sweating, difficulty breathing, and dizziness.

How is anxiety treated?

The entire team at Spero Psychiatry and Counseling diagnoses and treats anxiety in people of all ages. They begin by learning about your anxiety symptoms and when they occur. Then they complete a psychiatric assessment and create a personalized treatment plan.

Your provider may recommend medication, depending on the severity of your anxiety and whether you have panic attacks. The team also has extensive experience in several therapeutic techniques proven to help people overcome anxiety.

If you don’t respond to medication or therapy, your provider may refer you to mental health providers with expertise in advanced treatments like ketamine and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

To get compassionate care for anxiety, call Spero Psychiatry and Counseling or use online booking to request an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment today.