Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. Life is stressful for many of us and experiencing symptoms of worry, irritability, and fatigue related to this anxiety is common. However, people with anxiety disorder often have intensive, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Anxiety disorder may involve repeated episodes of intense anxiety, fear, and terror that reach peak after a few minutes (panic attacks).

These episodes of panic and anxiety interfere with daily activities and are difficult to control. They are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time.

Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety (social phobias), and separation anxiety disorder. Sometimes anxiety results in a medical condition that may need treatment. These symptoms can be treated very effectively with non-habit-forming medications that are inexpensive and well tolerated. Symptoms may also be helped with psychotherapy.

Whatever form of anxiety you have, we can assist in the evaluation and treatment.

By James H. Wheeler, MD