Anxiety can be a normal and beneficial response in stressful situations to alert you to potential danger. When it becomes out of proportion to the situation and lasts longer than six months, it can create a negative impact on your health. This disorder can keep you from activities you can enjoy and affect anyone of any age. Anxiety treatment from Dr. Daniel Benhuri at the Beverly Hills clinic location can help to regulate symptoms.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety can be a symptom of other disorders. These disorders can include obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias and panic attacks. Symptoms of anxiety can include a higher heart rate, palpitations, nausea, headaches, chest pain, dry mouth and sweating. You may also experience rapid breathing, fatigue, trouble sleeping, excessive worry and gastrointestinal problems. These symptoms can vary among individuals.
Causes of Anxiety
The exact cause of anxiety is unknown by researchers, but believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Anxiety may be caused by medical conditions or drug misuse. Environmental factors that can increase the development of an anxiety disorder include trauma and stress.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety
There is no single diagnostic test for anxiety. Your primary care doctor may rely on physical exams, psychological questionnaires and mental health evaluations. Blood and urine tests can rule out any potential underlying medical conditions. Anxiety treatment can include a combination of medication, therapy and lifestyle modifications. Your primary care doctor will tailor a treatment plan to suit your individual needs.
There are a few things you can do to prevent and manage symptoms on your own. Limit your caffeine intake and consume a nutritious diet. Consult your primary doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication or supplement. These substances may contain chemicals that can aggravate your symptoms. Get plenty of rest and avoid self-medicating with alcohol, nicotine or other substances.
Request an Anxiety Consultation
Anxiety can be crippling without proper medical care. During an anxiety consultation, Dr. Daniel Benhuri can explain the benefits and risks of treatment and address any questions you may have. If you live in the Los Angeles area, virtual and in-person consultations are available. Schedule an appointment today.