Have you ever felt your heart racing, extremely nervous, or anxious during a stressful situation? Feeling anxious is part of a normal human routine. Some levels of fear and anxiety are considered normal and may help to think and act smarter when faced with a challenging situation. But anxiety is a problem and needs to be addressed when it takes over your normal life routine.
Around 30 percent of adults do experience anxiety disorders at some point in time. So, how do you know exactly that you have an anxiety disorder and that medical attention is required? Certain symptoms of an anxiety disorder are:
You may also suffer physical symptoms like sweating, increased heartbeat, gasping for breath, feeling weak or exhausted, stomach aches or dizziness, in addition to the aforementioned symptoms.
It is possible for a person to have any of these symptoms and be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or vice versa.
Patients with an anxiety disorder are at risk of being depressed if they are left untreated. The right therapy would definitely help a person control anxiety and stay away from depression.
Having a fear of animals, things, or events comes under a type of anxiety disorder. A person has to exhibit extreme fear and anxiety against the things he has a phobia for in order to be diagnosed with anxiety disorder related to phobia.
Having thoughts that you have no control over and feeling low about it, or performing certain tasks in a pattern and thinking that something bad might happen if you do not do it in a certain way comes under obsessive compulsion disorder. OCD can lead to anxiety and prolonged anxiety can result in anxiety disorder.
Social Anxiety Disorder can interfere in your ability to make friends, maintain relationships, or have a healthy professional relationship with your peers. You might feel a constant sense of fear of failing or performing poorly in a social situation or among a group of people. You might also be afraid of social humiliation or have a feeling that you are being constantly watched by other people.
GAD, sometimes overlaps with other types of anxiety disorders because people with GAD might experience anxiety in several situations. GAD can cause stress and anxiety over general situations like work, money, or relationships. A constant feeling of something bad or negative is going to happen might put you under the category of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
If you experience panic attacks regularly without any trigger or cause, for a longer period of time and if it is affecting your physical and emotional well being, then you need to talk to your doctor and seek medical attention.
Your doctor will initially assess you based on the symptoms that you experience and then recommend the treatment plan. Some of the treatment options are counseling, psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy. Along with these, your doctor might prescribe antidepressants. However, antidepressants are known to have major side effects in some cases, do not help to cure anxiety, and also patients might have to take antidepressants for an extended period to manage the symptoms.
Brain stimulation therapy like TMS is another option that works effectively in treating anxiety disorder without medication. There are no sedatives or surgeries involved in this treatment. The main advantage is that it has minimal side effects. Even though TMS is not FDA approved for anxiety, it is effective in treating anxiety in several patients and also covered by most insurance.
TMS is a perfect solution for people who find no relief from antidepressants, or who are suffering from major side effects from antidepressant medications.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is practiced by psychiatric board-certified doctors and healthcare providers at TMS for You, Norwood. We have many years of experience in successfully assisting individuals with mental health disorders. We make sure that TMS is the right treatment option for your mental health condition and give you complete support throughout your treatment sessions. You are in safe hands with TMS for You, and we make sure that you receive the best mental health care.
To talk to us and to know if TMS is right for you, please call us at "833-867-6277" or book an appointment and we will get back to you shortly.