Feeling anxious, scared, or worried sometimes is natural, but if anxiety starts to dominate your life, it’s time to get some help. Integrative psychiatrist Jacob Bishop, MD, of Brain Health Center PSC in Lexington, Kentucky, has an in-depth understanding of anxiety and related disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the best treatments to use. Dr. Bishop specializes in using a noninvasive, painless therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which he finds can be a great help for people even when other approaches have failed. Call Brain Health Center today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Anxiety is an everyday emotion that most people feel quite often. Worrying about an upcoming interview or whether you’re going to catch your plane on time are perfectly normal responses to familiar situations.
Anxiety and stress can even improve your performance, heightening your senses and boosting motivation. The problem arises when these feelings of anxiety never end and begin to interfere with your everyday life.
If you’re living in a continuous state of fear and extreme worry, then what should be a healthy emotion has changed into an anxiety disorder.
There are several different types of anxiety disorders. The most common is generalized anxiety disorder. This condition causes symptoms such as:
If you have generalized anxiety disorder, it can affect your work performance, and even make it hard to work at all.
Severe anxiety can cause panic attacks — you freeze and feel unable to function. A racing heart, shortness of breath, sweating, and shaking are typical of a panic attack. It’s not uncommon for panic attacks to mimic the symptoms of a heart attack. Frequent panic attacks indicate you have panic disorder.
Some people suffer panic attacks when faced with something they fear extremely, called a phobia. Common phobias include spiders (arachnophobia) and confined spaces (claustrophobia). Fear of social situations is a type of phobia known as social anxiety disorder.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is another common problem related to anxiety. OCD symptoms start with obsessive thoughts and ideas that are typically unpleasant and unwanted, but impossible to control.
In response, you might develop compulsions, which are ritualized activities you feel you have to carry out. A typical example is having an obsession with germs and dirt that causes you to obsess about cleanliness and wash continually.
The primary treatment approach for anxiety disorders is a combination of talk therapy and medication.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a particularly useful approach to adjusting unwanted behaviors, while psychotherapy can address the root causes of your anxiety. Medications such as anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants can also help many people.
It can take time to find the most effective treatment and to make headway with an anxiety disorder. However, if you aren’t finding relief with these approaches or you want to try a treatment that doesn’t involve taking medication, Brain Health Center provides expert transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy for anxiety.
TMS is a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic energy to stimulate the areas in the brain that don't fire normally in people with depression, anxiety, and other conditions. It’s a safe and effective therapy that could help you when other approaches aren’t working out.
To find out more, call Brain Health Center today, or book an appointment online.