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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Management

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Management

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a common and often debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. At Molina Psychiatric Associates, located in the heart of Southlake, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of GAD, offering a compassionate and holistic approach to managing chronic worry and anxiety.

Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder

GAD is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about various aspects of daily life, such as work, health, or relationships. This worry is often disproportionate to the actual likelihood or impact of the feared events. People with GAD find it difficult to control their worry, which can lead to a range of psychological and physical symptoms.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Persistent Worry: Constantly feeling anxious about a variety of topics, events, or activities.
  • Restlessness or Feeling on Edge: A sense of being unable to relax or calm down.
  • Fatigue: Chronic worry and anxiety can lead to feeling tired or drained.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Worry and anxiety can make it hard to focus or make decisions.
  • Irritability: Increased anxiety can result in heightened irritability and mood swings.
  • Muscle Tension: Physical manifestation of stress and worry through tense muscles.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Trouble falling or staying asleep due to ongoing worries.

Acute Stress Disorder

This is a condition closely related to post-traumatic stress disorder. The symptoms are very similar, but acute stress disorder sets in soon after the event, while PTSD can occur much later and last for a long time. Half of all acute stress disorder patients develop PTSD. It’s estimated that 13 – 21% of car crash survivors relive the event through acute stress disorder, and up to half of all sexual assault victims and mass shooting survivors experience it as well.

Impact of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

The impact of GAD extends beyond mental health. It can affect relationships, job performance, and overall quality of life. Chronic anxiety can also lead to or exacerbate physical health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and digestive issues.

Managing Chronic Worry and Anxiety

At Molina Psychiatric Associates, we believe in a comprehensive approach to managing GAD. Our treatment strategies are tailored to the individual, considering their specific symptoms and lifestyle.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

At Molina Psychiatric Associates, we believe in a comprehensive approach to managing GAD. Our treatment strategies are tailored to the individual, considering their specific symptoms and lifestyle.

Medication

In some cases, medication may be recommended as part of the treatment plan. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and beta-blockers are some of the options that can be used to alleviate symptoms of GAD.

Lifestyle Modifications

Incorporating healthy lifestyle choices can significantly impact managing GAD. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and mindfulness practices like meditation can all contribute to reducing anxiety.

Stress Management Techniques

Techniques such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization can help manage acute symptoms of anxiety.

Support Groups and Counseling

Participating in support groups or individual counseling can provide additional layers of support, allowing individuals to share experiences and learn from others who are dealing with similar challenges.

Call Molina Psychiatric Associates

At Molina Psychiatric Associates, we are committed to helping our patients in Southlake and beyond to effectively manage their symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing a supportive, non-judgmental environment where individuals can explore the roots of their anxiety and learn effective strategies to regain control over their lives.

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Molina Psychiatric Associates, P.A.

2485 E. Southlake Blvd.,
Suite 100,
Southlake, Texas 76092

Phone

817-873-0595

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7am - 4pm
Fridays: Closed

Email

scheduling@molinapsychiatricassociates.com