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Family Medicine Associates, PC

Your Partners in Primary Care

Anxiety Treatment

General Family Practice & Mental Health in Thornton, CO

Anxiety services offered in Thornton, CO

A reasonable amount of anxiety here and there is healthy and helps you cope with the demands of life, but too much anxiety can have far-reaching effects on your well-being. At Family Medicine Associates, PC, in Thornton, Colorado, the team of skilled general family practitioners provides evaluations and anxiety treatment. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today. 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural stress response that everyone experiences on occasion. However, constant or recurrent anxiety, especially when it doesn’t have a clear cause, is often a sign of an anxiety disorder. Some of the most common anxiety disorders are:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder

If you have an anxiety disorder, you feel anxious or fearful over everyday situations and occurrences. These feelings can interfere with your life in numerous ways, so managing your anxiety is important for your wellbeing. 

The team at Family Medicine Associates, PC, provides evaluations for anxiety and can help you manage your symptoms with individualized, conservative care. They treat all age groups and can ensure you receive treatment that improves your quality of life. 

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety symptoms vary from person to person and include psychological and physiological effects. While experiencing anxiety, you might feel disconnected from yourself and out of control of your thoughts and feelings. Some of the most common anxiety symptoms are:

  • Worry and fear
  • Nightmares
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Rapid breathing

Some people with anxiety, but not all, experience anxiety attacks. These are episodes of intense symptoms that increase to the point of being overwhelming. You might experience sweating, faintness, distress, or shortness of breath during your anxiety attacks. 

How is anxiety treated?

Managing your anxiety is possible with individualized care and support. The team at Family Medicine Associates, PC, encourages you to make healthy lifestyle changes to minimize your need for pharmaceuticals and other medical treatments. However, you may still need those, too. 

Medical treatment for anxiety falls into two categories:

Medications

Antidepressants and sedatives are two types of prescription medication that work to reduce anxiety symptoms. They do so by balancing your brain chemistry and work best when you go through counseling while taking them. 

Counseling or psychotherapy

Counseling, psychotherapy, or talk therapy helps you learn coping skills and tools for managing your anxiety. A mental health specialist helps you better understand and control your thoughts and feelings. 

If you experience anxiety for six months or longer and would like to explore treatment, call Family Medicine Associates, PC, or book an appointment online today.

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