Anxiety pervades everyday life in ways small and large, from an unexpected traffic jam that makes you late for an appointment to the ongoing anxiety of an illness. At least 19% of adults experience anxiety that doesn’t let up. Dr. Agdel Hernandez Colon understands how anxiety affects your life and offers comprehensive treatment to relieve your symptoms and help you learn ways to deal with the stress. If you experience persistent anxiety, call the office in New York City’s Financial District, or book an appointment online.
Anxiety is defined as a feeling of apprehension or fear. No matter what causes your anxiety, your body interprets it to mean you’re in danger. As a result, it automatically triggers a series of chemical reactions in your body.
Your body’s reaction, known as the fight-or-flight response, quickly increases levels of hormones, such as cortisol, that activate the body systems that help you face the danger. Then when you face the situation and your anxiety calms down, your body returns to normal.
When your anxiety persists without a triggering event and becomes an ongoing fear that interferes with your ability to work, socialize, and enjoy activities, it’s time to consider getting professional help.
There are about 10 different types of anxiety disorders, with some of the most common including:
Each anxiety disorder has symptoms that are unique to that type of anxiety, but anxiety generally causes both emotional and physical symptoms.
Anxiety may make you feel apprehensive, restless, or filled with dread over a person, place, or event you must face. Ongoing anxiety keeps you constantly on edge, looking for signs of danger or problems ahead.
Anxiety disorders are characterized by causing physical symptoms such as an upset stomach, dizziness, sweating, shortness of breath, and a fast heartbeat.
Severe anxiety can lead to a panic attack, which occurs suddenly, unpredictably, and usually when there’s no real danger present. In other words, you’re taken by surprise with such intense feelings that patients often say they “felt like they were dying” during their panic attacks.
Panic attacks cause symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, a tight feeling in your chest, and hyperventilation.
Dr. Hernandez Colon works with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan based on the severity of their symptoms and the type of anxiety disorder. He provides medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both treatments.
Anti-anxiety medications relieve anxious and fearful feelings, but Dr. Hernandez Colon may prescribe other medications that target specific physical symptoms.
You don’t need to continue to suffer from anxiety, because psychotherapy and medication can effectively relieve your symptoms. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking an appointment online.