Anxiety disorders affect 40 million men and women in the United States, making them the most common mental health condition in the country. Dr. Armin Hoes of Latitude Mental Health in West Los Angeles understands that diagnosis and treatment of these conditions require compassion, trust, and expert management. If you think you may have an anxiety disorder, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Hoes today.
When anxiety, or persistent worry or apprehension, becomes a large part of your everyday life, you may have a chronic anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety disorders, all of which cause symptoms that can significantly impact your overall sense of well-being and affect your daily responsibilities.
All anxiety disorders have some hallmark common symptoms, such as:
In addition to these symptoms, each type of anxiety disorder is associated with a specific set of symptoms.
Some of the most common anxiety disorders are:
GAD is characterized by extreme anxiety that’s present on most days. Anxiety levels are usually disproportionate to the trigger, which may include everyday activities and events or future concerns.
If you experience sudden, extreme feelings of fear and panic, you may have this type of anxiety disorder. Physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations and shortness of breath, often occur during panic attacks.
Social anxiety disorder involves persistent nervousness, worry, or profound embarrassment when around groups of people. If you avoid social situations because of anxiety symptoms, you may have this type of disorder.
Performance anxiety occurs in situations where your performance is important. This can include public speaking, work presentations, and other situations where the outcome is perceived to be dependent on your personal performance.
Expert psychiatric care is needed for effective diagnosis and treatment of your symptoms and for the relief of your ongoing anxiety.
Dr. Hoes designs a customized treatment plan to help you identify the root cause of your anxiety and control anxiety symptoms. Based on the type of anxiety disorder and other individual factors, your personal plan may include:
Dr. Hoes often utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of psychotherapy, as a tool for teaching coping and behavioral techniques to help you manage your anxiety.
For an expert evaluation of your anxiety, call or book an appointment online with Latitude Mental Health today.