Nearly one-third of American adults experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. At Insight Psychiatric Services, PA, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Kevin Joseph, DNP, PMHNP-BC, understands how difficult and stressful anxiety can be. He offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment that lead to successful results. To learn how anxiety treatment can help you enjoy life without constant worry and stress, call the Sunrise, Florida, office or book your appointment online today. In-office and telemedicine visits can be scheduled.

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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is your body’s response to stress. It’s often described as feelings of nervousness, worry, and unease.

When is anxiety unhealthy?

It’s normal to feel anxious sometimes. Everybody feels some anxiety when faced with stress-inducing events like starting a new job, delivering a speech, or giving a presentation at school or work.

Normal anxiety isn’t harmful; it can give you the extra motivation you need to get better results. Typically the anxiety fades after your stress-inducing situation is over.

But anxiety disorders are different: They frequently involve unhealthy anxiety levels. The many anxiety disorders include:

  • Specific phobias
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

If you have one or more of these disorders, your anxiety is much more than a fleeting emotion. Persistent anxiety can disrupt your daily activities and take over your life, so it’s vital that you get proper treatment.

How are anxiety disorders treated?

Diagnosing an anxiety disorder at Insight Psychiatric Services, PA, involves a one-hour evaluation. During that time, Dr. Joseph evaluates your symptoms and situation in great detail and provides your diagnosis.

Dr. Joseph helps you discover the underlying issues causing your anxiety and recommends a personalized treatment plan. Treatment can include:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

Time-limited CBT is often the first-line treatment for anxiety. This therapeutic approach helps you learn how your thoughts, moods, and behaviors intertwine. You’ll learn new skills to bring on positive change in each of these areas and better control your anxiety. These skills can include mindfulness practices, relaxation training, and techniques for managing stressful situations.

Medication management

Dr. Joseph might also recommend medication management to give you more control of your anxiety disorder. Common antianxiety drugs include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), beta-blockers, and anxiolytics. Medication management appointments take only 30 minutes.

With both CBT and medication management, Dr. Joseph keeps you informed every step of the way so that you actively participate in your healing process. In-office and telehealth appointments are available.

Anxiety is treatable, and you can experience a full recovery. Insight Psychiatric Services, PA, helps thousands of patients overcome anxiety and return to the healthy and rewarding lives they deserve. Book your evaluation online today or call the office.