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Anxiety services offered in Riverdale, MD

Some level of anxiety is normal for almost everyone. However, if you experience chronic anxiety that interferes with your daily life, you might have an anxiety disorder. Ekop Graham, NP, PMHNP-BC, FNP, and the professional team at Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness in Riverdale, Maryland, specialize in diagnosing and treating all types of anxiety for patients aged 12 and older. To learn more about their comprehensive, personalized plans, call or book online today. 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural response to stress or danger. It's your body's way of preparing to face a threat, and it can be beneficial in manageable amounts. 

However, when anxiety becomes excessive or chronic, it transforms into a mental health disorder. If you struggle with overwhelming and irrational fears or worries that persist even when there’s no imminent threat, you may have an anxiety disorder.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

You can experience symptoms of anxiety physically, emotionally, and behaviorally. They may include:

  • Racing heart
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shivering
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive and persistent worry, fear, or uneasiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Compulsiveness
  • Disruptive sleep patterns
  • Sudden panic attacks, characterized by intense fear and physical discomfort
  • Withdrawal from social interaction or activities

Anxiety can also cause you to have a sensation of impending doom. 

If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, and if you experience them daily, reach out to the compassionate Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness team for care and treatment. They can help.

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety disorders have complex, multifaceted causes, including:

  • Genetics (family history of anxiety disorders)
  • Brain chemistry (imbalances in neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine)
  • Environmental factors (traumatic or stressful life events)
  • Personality (certain personality traits like perfectionism or being highly self-critical)
  • Medical conditions (e.g., thyroid disorders or heart problems)
  • Substance use (the use or withdrawal from alcohol, caffeine, and/or drugs)

No matter the cause, if you experience chronic anxiety, Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness offers treatment.

How is anxiety treated?

Anxiety disorders are treatable, and several approaches can help manage symptoms effectively, including:

  • Therapy
  • Medication
  • Lifestyle changes (e.g., exercise, balanced diet, adequate sleep, and stress management)
  • Support groups
  • Self-help strategies (e.g., deep breathing exercises, self-help books, and apps)

During your evaluation at Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness, your mental health professional provides an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. With the right support and treatment, anxiety can be managed effectively, allowing you to regain control and improve your quality of life.

Call the friendly staff at Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.