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Anxiety Specialist

Ormond Internal Medicine

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

If constant worry due to anxiety is a daily occurrence, you don’t have to suffer from this often debilitating mental health condition. At Ormond Internal Medicine in Ormond Beach, Florida, internal medicine physician Gail van Diepen, DO, and her team help you ease symptoms of anxiety so you can relax and enjoy life to its fullest. Call Ormond Internal Medicine to learn more about anxiety treatments or book an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a group of mental disorders that make you feel anxious or fearful in situations that may not cause anxiousness in most other people. Anxiety symptoms can interfere with your daily activities, such as work, school, and relationships. Among a range of anxiety disorders are:

  • Panic disorder
  • Phobia-related disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorders

Anxiety can get worse over time if left untreated.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

If you struggle with anxiety, you might experience the following symptoms in certain situations:

  • Panic or fear
  • Nervousness, restlessness, or tension
  • An increased heart rate
  • Sweating, hyperventilation, or trembling
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Constant worry
  • Sleeping problems
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Avoiding situations that trigger anxiety

You might experience one or more of these symptoms from time to time, but if it’s a regular occurrence and affects your everyday life, the team at Ormond Internal Medicine team can help.

What causes anxiety?

The cause of anxiety isn’t entirely understood, but it might be due to one or more of the following:

  • Genetic factors
  • A family history of anxiety
  • Stress
  • Past traumatic events
  • A chronic medical condition
  • Taking certain medications

Regardless of what’s causing constant worry in your life, solutions are within reach.

How is anxiety diagnosed and treated?

Your provider at Ormond Internal Medicine reviews your medical and health history and discusses your symptoms with you. He may complete a physical exam or order blood tests to rule out or diagnose medical conditions. Your individual treatment plan might include:

  • Taking certain medications
  • Group or individual talk therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Lifestyle remedies, such as staying active and managing stress

Some antidepressant medications also ease symptoms of anxiety, as depression and anxiety go hand in hand. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you learn specific skills that improve anxiety symptoms, so you can gradually return to everyday activities you once avoided because of anxiety.

Don’t let fear, worry, and anxiousness negatively impact your job and relationships. Find relief by making an appointment with the team at Ormond Internal Medicine. Call today or use the online booking tool.