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Anxiety is a common mental health condition affecting millions. In Florida, 32.3% of adults reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder [1], characterized by persistent feelings of worry, fear, or unease. It can significantly impact daily life and overall well-being. While a natural response to stress, when anxiety becomes excessive it can interfere with daily activities and lead to a range of physical and psychological symptoms. But listen up…anxiety can be managed effectively.

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Let’s Talk About Mental Health.

If you are experiencing anxiety, Dr. Sara Waterbury, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, is available for a no-cost introductory meet and greet. Schedule Now.

What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety can be triggered by a variety of factors, including:

Genetic Factors: A family history of anxiety or other mental health disorders can increase the likelihood of developing anxiety.

Environmental Factors: Stressful life events such as trauma, significant life changes, or ongoing stress can contribute to anxiety.

Biological Factors: Imbalances in brain chemistry, particularly involving neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, can play a role in anxiety.

Psychological Factors: Certain personality traits, such as perfectionism or low self-esteem, can make individuals more prone to anxiety.

Symptoms of Anxiety

The symptoms of anxiety can vary widely but often include:

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Physical Symptoms:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Dizziness
  • Gastrointestinal issues
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Psychological Symptoms:

  • Persistent worry or fear
  • Feeling tense or on edge
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep disturbances

Managing Anxiety

Managing anxiety effectively often requires a multifaceted approach.

Therapy:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Focuses on identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors. Learn more about CBT here.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Utilizes mindfulness techniques to increase awareness and acceptance of the present moment.
Medication:

Medication Management: By combining therapy and medication management, individuals with mental health concerns can experience enhanced well-being, symptom relief, and improved overall quality of life. Read more about medication management with Dr. Sara.

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Lifestyle Changes:

Regular Exercise: Physical activity can reduce anxiety levels and improve mood.

Healthy Diet: A balanced diet supports overall mental health.

Adequate Sleep: Good sleep hygiene is essential for managing anxiety.

Stress Management Techniques: Practices such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can be beneficial.

Support Groups: Sharing experiences with others facing similar challenges can provide comfort and understanding.

Family and Friends: A strong support system is crucial for emotional well-being.

Anxiety is a complex but manageable condition. By understanding its symptoms, causes, and treatment options, individuals can take proactive steps towards improving their mental health. If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, contact Dr. Sara Waterbury for a no-cost introduction. Seeking professional help is a vital first step towards recovery. Remember, managing anxiety is a journey, and with the right tools and support, a fulfilling and balanced life is within reach.

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