Anxiety Disorders are extremely common. They affect over 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%). Although there are a variety of different types, the common denominator is a feeling of fearfulness and uncertainty and the symptoms center around excessive, irrational fear and dread.
Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated and can start to affect all aspects of our lives. We know we need help when we are not taking action in our life, feel stuck in interpersonal relationships or a job. We are afraid to make our needs known to people around us for fear of hurting or losing them or compromising ourselves in some way.
Anxiety disorders commonly exist with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance abuse or depression, which may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse. A thorough mental health and wellness evaluation can uncover these conditions for proper anxiety treatment.
Effective therapies for anxiety disorders are available. Dr. Varma sees numerous patients both individually and as part of a couple for anxiety therapy and treatment. Psychotherapy as anxiety treatment, particularly cognitive behavioral treatment, is extremely effect. Medications for anxiety treatment, particularly the selective-serotonin uptake inhibitors are also an extremely valuable part of anxiety treatment for those in need and can allow people to maximize their potential without being weighed down and exhausted by negative, irrational fears. Anxiety left unchecked can cause havoc with co-workers and loved ones as we are constantly in a state of “what if”.
If you are unclear about needing anxiety treatment, Dr. Varma will conduct a thorough bio-psycho-social psychiatric history that can help elucidate which disorder you may be dealing with. Some common anxiety disorders for which Dr. Varma provides anxiety treatment include:
Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms, but all the symptoms cluster around excessive, irrational fear and dread. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Varma to see which of these common anxiety disorders you may be struggling with and how you can receive effective anxiety treatment in New York City today.
Dr. Varma in the press on anxiety disorders:
Anxiety disorder and anxiety treatment articles written by or featuring Dr. Sue Varma:
1) Is it Anxiety or ADHD?
MSNBC-Hoarding (often part of Obsessive-Compulsive disorder-needing anxiety treatment
-CBS/ABC News (Syndicated 9/19/08)
1) How to recognize Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- Dr. Sue Varma on Dr. Oz show:
2) Dr. Sue Varma talks to MTV about anxiety-Jersey Shore’s Vinny struggling with anxiety
Dr. Varma answers questions for Sharecare: