Houston Anxiety Therapy
What is Anxiety?
Feeling anxious in certain situations is something everyone experiences. However, when feelings of anxiety become overwhelming and hinder daily activities and responsibilities, it can be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions that are all characterized by excessive, persistent fear or worry in situations that are not that are not threatening. Symptoms of anxiety disorders are broken into emotional symptoms including feelings of dread and/or restlessness as well as physical symptoms including shortness of breath, an upset stomach, and/or a pounding heart.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic, exaggerated anxiety in everyday life. This constant state of anxiety can make it extremely difficult to concentrate and keep up with daily responsibilities. Physical symptoms can also include fatigue, headaches, tension, and nausea.
We encourage you to take our GAD-7 questionnaire if you relate to any of the anxiety symptoms above.
Anxiety testing in Houston
If you are struggling with anxiety, our providers here at Houston Mind and Brain can see you for a consultation and provide you with a full diagnostic valuation. They can then provide you with further guidance on ways to manage and treat your anxiety through medications, lifestyle changes, and psychotherapy.
Anxiety Treatment in Houston
At Houston Mind and Brain, we are happy to offer a wide variety of services to help patients who are struggling with anxiety. Our compassionate providers can help patients manage their anxiety through medication management, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or psychotherapy through our clinic’s psychotherapist.
Houston Anxiety Therapy
At Houston Mind and Brain, we are happy to offer anxiety therapy through our psychotherapist, Rita Kronfeld Loeb. Rita has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including extensive training at the Menninger Clinic. She looks forward to helping people challenged by anxiety to develop a deeper understanding of who they are, identify areas of personal change and growth, and find deeper meaning in their lives.
Houston Anxiety Psychiatrist
Dr. Raymond Cho is our psychiatrist here at Houston Mind and Brain. He has extensive experience seeing patients with anxiety and a wide variety of other mental disorders. Having over 27 years of clinical research involving cognition, brain physiology, and neurostimulation for psychiatric disorders, he is one of the most capable anxiety psychiatrists in Houston.
Frequently asked Questions about Anxiety
There are several risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing an anxiety disorder. Children that experience traumatic life events or are victims of abuse have a higher chance of developing anxiety disorders. In addition, those who struggle with serious illness also experience higher rates of anxiety disorders.
The 5 most common anxiety conditions are generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social phobia.
There are some personality types that are thought to be more associated with the development of anxiety disorders. These personality types include over-thinking, perfectionism, resistance to change, empathy, and being introverted. However, it is important to note that those with other personality types can still develop anxiety disorders.
One region of the brain that is implicated in feelings of anxiety is the amygdala. Located in the medial temporal lobe of the brain, this region of the brain is involved with strong emotions such as fear, anger, and anxiety.
Anxiety can have several physical effects on the body. These include increased heart rate, sweating, and negative effects of immune and digestive system function.
Anxiety disorders can have negative effects on the brain. Chronic anxiety and stress can lead to structural degeneration and impaired functioning of the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex, which can put you at a higher risk of other neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and dementia.